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2019 FREP/WPHA Conference: Save the Date and Call for Posters

Every fall, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) host a nutrient management conference. The agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research results and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in the state of California.

Postcard advertising the FREP/WPHA Nutrient Management Conference.

On October 28-30, 2019, the FREP/WPHA Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fresno, California. The first day includes an off-site field tour of nearby farms, and the second and third days include presentations and workshops. More information about the field tour, speakers, continuing education units and registration will be available on the FREP blog, as well as the FREP and WPHA websites.

See presentations from last year’s conference at

A poster session will be held on October 29, after the conference presentations. Posters must have scientific subject matter relevant to the efficient use of fertilizing materials in California conditions, such as climate, crops and soils. Posters should describe scientific projects that emphasize improved nutrient and irrigation management practices in California agriculture. Anyone, whether funded by FREP or other entities, may submit an abstract.

Call for Posters

If you would like to present a poster at the 2019 FREP/WPHA Conference, submit your abstract to by October 21, 2019. Submissions must include poster title, author names and affiliations, and an abstract that is no more than 350 words. One presenter per poster will receive free conference registration. Submissions will be selected based on relevance and quality of abstracts.

We encourage preparing the abstracts according to the American Society of Agronomy Tips for Writing Abstracts. To learn more about poster preparation, evaluation criteria, time and location of the poster session, please see the Poster Guidelines.  

2019 FREP/WPHA Conference Poster Competition

This year, student poster presenters may enter competitions for two categories: undergraduate and graduate students. Posters will be evaluated by judges, and top presentations will receive awards. In both student categories, prizes include: 1st place, $200; 2nd place, $150; and 3rd place, $100. If you are planning to participate in the poster competition, please indicate your intent in your email and whether you are a current graduate or undergraduate student.

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