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Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program Transitions to the California Department of Food and Agriculture

California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board requires growers to prepare Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan (INMP) worksheets for land enrolled in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. For most growers, INMP worksheets must be certified by a specialist or by a grower who has attended a California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) training for grower self-certification. In 2015, …


New Nitrogen Management Specialty Offered for California Certified Crop Advisors

In February 2021, there will be a new opportunity for California Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) to add a Nitrogen Management Specialty to their certification. The California Nitrogen Management Specialty will be available from the American Society of Agronomy for CCAs looking to provide nitrogen management planning services to their clients, including certifying Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for California …


Save the Date: 2020 FREP / WPHA Online Nutrient Management Conference

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 projects and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in California. This year’s conference will be held online October 28 & 29. The agenda for this year’s conference …


Online-Based Continuing Education for Growers

The California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board requires growers to prepare Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for land enrolled in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. For land in areas designated as a high-vulnerability groundwater area, INMPs must be certified by a specialist or by a grower who has attended a California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) …


Certifying Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board requires growers to prepare Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for land enrolled in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. INMPs are designed to promote awareness of irrigation and nitrogen management practices among growers and reduce the likelihood of nitrate, from fertilizer, entering the groundwater and degrading water quality. For land in an …


Nitrogen Management Training for Certified Crop Advisers

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), in partnership with the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) are offering the last in-person Nitrogen Management Training for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA). CCAs who complete this training are eligible to certify Irrigation and Nitrogen …


New Technical Advisory Subcommittee Members Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Hunt and Ben Faber to the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). We are also happy to announce that Steve Petrie has been reappointed to TASC. TASC is a group of scientific and technical experts who review and recommend projects for FREP funding. Steve Petrie Dr. Petrie’s professional experience related …


Recap: The 2019 FREP/WPHA Nutrient Management Conference

The 27th annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) Conference took place in Fresno, California, on October 28-30, 2019. Speakers from industry, academia and agricultural consulting provided pioneering information on nutrient and irrigation management in California agriculture. Below you will find highlights of some of the talks at this year’s conference. The PowerPoint presentations …


Updated Fertigation Book

In California agriculture, there has been a gradual shift from gravity-fed irrigation to pressurized systems including micro-irrigation. Micro-irrigation systems have been implemented in over 60% of irrigated acreage in California and support a more intensively managed production system. The use of pressurized irrigation systems has made significant advancements possible, including more precise delivery of chemicals and nutrients to crops. Chemigation …


Role of Mineralization in Farming

California growers have taken on an important role in their state’s broader efforts on climate change, including responding to regulatory requirements to improve their nitrogen (N) use efficiency and reduce their environmental impact. To meet these regulations, while maintaining crop yield and quality, growers must consider all potential N sources, including organic amendments and irrigation water. It is essential that …