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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.

Apr
4
Thu
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
5
Fri
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
18
Thu
Drip Irrigation System Start Up @ Sea Smoke Vineyard
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting is a walkthrough of Best Management Practices for starting up a drip irrigation system in the spring.

Intended for those who depend on, operate or repair drip irrigation systems in vineyards.

This special meeting will be in Spanish and English.

Jacob Hernandez of JH Ag Consulting will walk attendees from the well to the end of the drip hose stopping along the way to demonstrate how to prep the key points in the system before the irrigation season starts.

Jacob will talk about some common problems with irrigation systems and how to address them.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together experts, boots-in-the-field irrigators, and vineyard managers to share their knowledge and experience with drip irrigation system maintenance and repair and what they do at the beginning of the season to ensure the system works properly.

Applies to SIP Certified® Standards 2.6.8, 5.1, 5.2, & 5.3.5

CEUs approved for: 3.0 CCA (Soil & Water)

Free for Members / $30 for Non-Members

Jun
6
Thu
Crop Estimation Tailgate
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Estimating yield is both important and difficult. Accurate projections of crop size are necessary for both logistical and financial planning. Growers will share their experience and wisdom when it comes to estimating a crop including their methods, tips and techniques. Different methods will  be compared and discussed. We will also dip into the theory behind making estimates.

Confirmed Speakers:

Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos
Craig Macmillan, Ph.D., Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team

SIP Certified Standards:

The content of this workshop applies to SIP Certified® Standard 10.1.4

3.0 CCA CEUs applied for

Free for Members/$30 for Non-members

Aug
27
Tue
Madera County Irrigation Training Day @ Madera County FB
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Tuesday, August 27 from 8:00-10:00
Madera County Farm Bureau, 1102 S Pine St, Madera, CA 93637

 

Interested in learning more about how to use evapotranspiration, soil sensors, and the pressure chamber to improve your irrigation practices?  Want to learn how to irrigate better but don’t know where to start? Join us for an introductory irrigation training, where Phoebe Gordon (Orchard Crops) and Karl Lund (Vineyards) will teach you how to:

  • Convert hours irrigated into inches of water per acre
    Calculate your orchard or vineyard’s stored water
    Use ET to calculate the required water for your orchard or vineyard
    Use soil sensors to time irrigation sets
    Using the pressure bomb as a practice check or to manage reduced irrigation programs

Seats are limited, so registration is required (but free!).

Oct
11
Fri
Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers @ Ramos Farms
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on this educational and social event to exchange knowledge and experience about nitrogen management in strawberry production on the central coast, while sharing a tasty seafood platter with fellow strawberry growers!

When: Friday October 11th, 10:30am – 1:00pm Where: 880 Airport Blvd Watsonville (Ramos Farms)

Hosted by RCD of Santa Cruz County, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), and Ramos Farms
FREE admission, Please RSVP: (831) 224-0293

Nov
12
Tue
Tree, Vine, and Irrigation Workshop @ Madera County Farm Bureau
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

TREE,VINE & IRRIGATION WORKSHOP

November 12, 2019 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Please RSVP : www.maderafb.com Or by phone 559-674-8871 Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

3.25 hours of CCA and Grower Nitrogen Management Continuing Education Units

Cost: $10 MCFB Members $25 Non-MCFB Members

AGENDA:

  • 8:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. XERCES/NRCS: COVER CROPPING FOR SOIL HEALTH
  • 8:35 a.m. -9:20 a.m. UCCE: ORCHARD NITROGEN TALK
  • 9:25 A.M.– 9:40A.M. UCCE: SALINITY MANAGEMENT
  • 9:45 A.M.-10:30 A.M. CENTER FOR IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY, CSUF: IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT TO CONTROL THE LEACHING OF NITROGEN
  • 10:35 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. UCCE: TECHNOLOGIES AND BASICS FOR VINEYARDS
  • 11:25 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. JAIN IRRIGATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE NUTRIENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Nov
19
Tue
Latino Farmer Conference @ Tulare Ag Center, Tulare
Nov 19 all-day

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are proud to present the 5th annual statewide sustainable agriculture conference for Spanish speaking farmers. This conference brings together the Latino farming community, the agriculture industry, advocates for sustainability and agribusinesses for a day of workshops, networking, and learning from fellow farmers.

7:30 – 8:00am Registro y Entrega de Información Registration
8:00 – 8:45am Desayuno y Bienvenida Continental Breakfast
8:45 – 9:30am Panel de Agricultores Farmer Panel
9:40 – 11:10am Primera Sesión de Talleres First workshop session
11:10 – 11:30am Descanso Break
11:30 – 1:00pm Segunda Sesión de Talleres Second Workshop Session
1:00 – 2:15pm Almuerzo y Orador Principal Lunch and Keynote Speaker
2:15 – 4:00pm Fiesta

  • Tiempo libre para formar conexiones con exhibidores y otros agricultores
  • Sesión opcional para hablar con proveedores de servicios
Mixer

  • Networking
  • Office hours /visit with service providers
Jan
31
Fri
North San Joaquin Valley Almond Day @ Modesto Centre Plaza
Jan 31 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Modesto Centre Plaza 1150 9th Street, Modesto

2.0 Hours of DPR Continuing Education Credits pending
3.0 Hours of CCA Hours

7:30 Registration opens

8:30 Welcome Roger Duncan, Farm Advisor, UCCE Stanislaus County

  • Bacterial Blast – Why It Was a Problem In 2019 and Can We Protect Against It? Dr. Jim Adaskaveg, Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Riverside
  • Economics of Establishing an Orchard and Growing Almonds Dr. Brittney Goodrich, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis
  • Determination of Local Management Strategies for Managing Navel Orangeworm Dr. Houston Wilson, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, UC Riverside
  • Evaluation of Soil Characteristics and Salinity and Interpreting Soil and Water Reports Dr. Phoebe Gordon, UC Cooperative Extension, Madera County
  • Update on Local Field Trials Roger Duncan, UC Cooperative Extension, Stanislaus County
  • Management Strategies for Navel Orangeworm in 2020 Dr. Jhalendra Rijal – Biology and Management of Navel Orangeworm
  • Organic Almond Production Dr. Brent Holtz, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County
Feb
18
Tue
Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting @ Monterey County Agricultural Center
Feb 18 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm
  • 7:45         Registration (free)
  • 8:00          Best management practices for mitigating pesticides in run-off (Bryn Phillips, Toxicologist, UCD Granite Canyon Laboratory)
  • 8:30          Does evapotranspiration (ET) work? (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:00         Effect of drip germination on topical N fertilizer applications  (Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:30         Using weather-based irrigation scheduling for optimizing cauliflower production (Lee Johnson, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center-CSUMB)
  • 10:00       Break
  • 10:30        A minus R: Implications and challenges for Central Coast farming. (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 11:00        Treatment of reservoir and tail water for protecting food safety (Channah Rock, Associate Professor, University of Arizona)
  • 11:30        Organic fertilization of vegetables (Joji Muramoto, Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Santa Cruz)  
  • 12:00       Update on Salinas Valley ground water management
  • 12:30       Pizza Lunch

CCA & DPR CEUs will be available

More information: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=39097

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