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Events Calendar

This calendar is composed of outreach events related to agricultural management practices that align with FREP’s mission. To add an outreach event, contact us at frep@cdfa.ca.gov.

Mar
22
Thu
Central Valley Salt and Nitrate Control Program Public Hearing @ Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Central Valley Water Board will accept comments regarding proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments”) to the Basin Plans. The Proposed Amendments will establish a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The Salt and Nitrate Control Program will provide a framework for the Board to regulate salt and nitrate throughout the Central Valley in a sustainable manner, while ensuring that groundwater users whose wells are impacted with nitrates are provided safe drinking water supplies.

Jun
18
Mon
ITRC Irrigation Systems Evaluations
Jun 18 – Jun 22 all-day

Class Schedule

Online Class: The online portion of ITRC’s new hybrid online/hands-on course presents the theories and procedures of drip/micro irrigation system evaluations through videos, tutorials, and quizzes in conjunction with textbook and online reading material.

  • Access begins upon registration (login information will be emailed to you).
  • Full course materials require about 10 hours to view.
  • Online exam is optional but required for 10 hours of Continuing Education credit.
  • Material is accessible for two months after on-site class

 

ISE Class I: Efficiency definitions and evaluation techniques are emphasized, ranging from how to take a pressure measurement to what specific measurements are needed for evaluation of six distinct irrigation methods.

  • Takes place at Cal Poly, SLO
  • 8:00 a.m. start time on Day 1 (Monday)
  • Ends 12:00 noon on Day 3 (Wednesday)

 

ISE Class II: This second class is a 2 1/2 day class where we will travel to sites in the San Joaquin Valley and perform the entire evaluations on two fields. The emphasis will be on performing the field evaluations for drip and microspray irrigation systems on trees/vines.

  • Takes place on-site at Central Coast locations
  • 1:00 p.m. start time on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Ends 5:00 p.m. on Day 5 (Friday)
Jul
31
Tue
ITRC Basic Soil, Plant & Water Relationships @ Irrigation Training & Research Center
Jul 31 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

The focus for this course is on soil texture and structure, water holding capacity, retention, intake rates, evaporation, transpiration, soil classification, measurement of soil moisture and tension.

Aug
1
Wed
ITRC Irrigation Scheduling, Salinity & Drainage @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

This course focuses on ETo and crop coefficients, practical irrigation scheduling, how efficiency and uniformity influence scheduling, drainage concepts and layouts, salinity, leaching requirements and reclamation.

Aug
13
Mon
ITRC Fertigation @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 13 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

The class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics will include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management, will also be discussed.

Aug
14
Tue
ITRC Row Crop Drip Irrigation @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 14 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

This course covers design layouts, flushing, fittings, how design relates to management, hose installation and retrieval

Aug
15
Wed
ITRC Drip/Micro Irrigation Design @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 15 – Aug 17 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

Topics will include: filtration, step-by-step design procedure of hardware selection and hyraulics, drip/micro system design, SDI for trees and vines, plugging prevention. Features ITRC book Drip and Micro Irrigation for Trees, Vines, and Field Crops (4th Ed.) and software, Drip Hydraulics.

Oct
23
Tue
Spanish Soil Health and Nutrient Management Workshop @ Stanislaus County Ag Center
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Full agenda and additional information can be seen HERE

7:45-8:30 Welcome and Registration

8:30-8:50 Labor Work Force Support -Jesse F. Duron, Execute Director CITA H-2A Services & Resources

8:50-9:25 Nutrient management – Laura Murphy, Soil Scientist, Monterey RCD

9:25-10:00 Maintenance for Irrigation Optimum Efficiency – Sergio Campos, Agricultural Engineer-USDA NRCS

10:00-10:10 Break

10:10-10:45 Soil Health and Cover Crops – Martin Guerena, Sustainable Ag Specialist with NCAT/ATTRA

10:45-10:55 Break

10:55-11:30 Cover Crop Experience – Jose Robles, “Robles Ranch”

11:30-12 Lunch

12:00-12:35 Work Safety – Teresa Andrews, MS, Education and Outreach Specialist

12:35-1:10 Upcoming opportunities though the NRCS – Graciela Gomez, Soil Conservation Technician.

Oct
25
Thu
Types Use and Methods of Monitoring Fertilizer Status in a Nursery Operation @ University of California Center Fresno
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will focus on fertilizers and their use in nursery operations. The first half of this program will describe fertilizer types such as granular fertilizers, Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRFs) and liquid fertilizers. We will describe the pros and cons of each fertilizer type and how to optimize fertilizer performance. The second half of the program will be dedicated to monitoring and measuring the quality of irrigation water and media. We will identify and demonstrate methods of conducting on-site tests for measuring media quality and water quality. We will then review protocols for proper sampling for off-site sample analyses.

 

Bring a cup of water sample (from your irrigation water) OR a one gallon pot to test the quality of the water and measure pH.

To register visit http://ucnfa.ucanr.edu/ and follow the links in the right hand margin

May
30
Thu
Climate Action & Agriculture Symposium @ CSU San Marcos
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Developing relevant policies, programs, strategies and resources to support sustainable agriculture throughout Southern California is contingent on understanding changing climate and its impact to the unique agricultural environments and industry in the region. This symposium is intended to bring together policy makers, government agencies, researchers, educators, consultants and other public and private agricultural service providers. Discussions will be centered on the San Diego County region; however, information shared may be relevant for neighboring counties. Please complete the registration form below.

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