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Upcoming Events of Interest

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) will be tabling at a few upcoming events. Stop by to say ‘hello’ and pick up some of FREP’s educational materials on nutrient and irrigation management. Small Farms Conference What: Join us this February in Davis for the 31st annual California Small Farm Conference. This gathering is …


Research Update: Nitrogen Concentrations in Harvested Material

Project Leaders: Charlotte Gallock, Kings River Conservation District, John Dickey, Southern San Joaquin Valley Management Practices Evaluation Program (MPEP), and Ken Cassman, Senior Agronomic and Soils Advisor Project Status: Year One Overview: The goal of this project is to assist Central Valley growers and coalitions with nutrient management planning and performance assessment by updating nitrogen (N) removal coefficients and nitrogen …


New Technical Advisory Subcommittee Members Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Tom Bottoms and Suduan Gao to the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). TASC reviews and recommends research and education proposals for funding to the department’s Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. Tom Bottoms With a background in research, education, and now production, Dr. Tom Bottoms brings technical and applicable research expertise to …


2019 Request for Proposals

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) funds and facilitates research to advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizer in California. The FREP grant program uses a two-phase annual process. Phase I, the submission of concept proposals, is now open! Below is a list of frequently asked questions to address common concerns. If you have any additional …


Central Coast Organic Amendment Workshop

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 the University of California Cooperative Extension presented a workshop alongside Monterey County Resource Conservation District and the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) attended this workshop along with approximately 50 other participants interested in learning about or using organic amendments in their production systems. Over the course of …


Research Update: Irrigation Training to Optimize Irrigation Efficiency and Minimize Nutrient Loss

Project Leaders: Trina Walley, Program Coordinator with East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District and Khaled Bali, Irrigation Water Management Specialist for University of California Kearney Agriculture Research and Extension Center Project Status: Year One Project Location: Stanislaus County Overview With growing advancements in technology, there is a high demand for individuals with technical training in irrigation and nitrogen management. The East …


Recap: The 2018 FREP WPHA Annual Conference

The twenty-sixth annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) Conference took place October 23-24, 2018 in Seaside, CA. Speakers from industry, academia, and agricultural consulting provided cutting edge information on nutrient and irrigation management in California agriculture. Below you will find a highlight reel featuring key talks at this year’s conference. The PowerPoint presentation …


2018 Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management Farm Tour

What: This year, the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has added a pre-conference farm tour to the agenda of the 2018 FREP/WPHA Annual Conference. The tour will visit Huntington Farms and Tanimura & Antle to discuss the companies’ efforts in implementing nutrient and irrigation best management practices. Why: Managing irrigation and nutrients in the Central Coast is unique due …


Research Update: Implementing Practices to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils

Project Title: N2O emissions under different on-farm irrigation and nutrient management BMPs that reduce groundwater nitrate loading and applied water Project Leader: Arlene Haffa, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay Location: Central Coast Focus Crops: Strawberry, Lettuce, Broccoli Overview: The primary goal of this project is to develop a better understanding of farm management practices that can …


Nitrogen Management Update Meeting, Oct. 13, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has teamed up with the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) and the Western Region Certified Crop Adviser Board (WRCCA) to host a nitrogen management update meeting on October 13, 2018, open to all agricultural professionals. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the …