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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.

Feb
28
Wed
Desert Agriculture and Natural Resources Symposium @ UCR Palm Desert Center Auditorium
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

CAPCA Ed & UC ANR Event

Breakout sessions:

Irrigation and crop production (3.5 DPR Hours, 5.0 CCA CEUs)

Landscape (5.0 DPR hrs, 5.0 CCA CEUs)

Livestock production

Register online at capca.com/events , by Feb 23rd

 

Oct
10
Wed
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Stakeholder Meeting @ Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goal: Provide open forum for communication between Water Board staff, agricultural coalitions, environmental justice groups, and other interested parties in Central Valley Region

1. Introductions/Agenda Review

2. Updates: Objective: Receive concise updates (5 minutes) from following entities

a) Central Valley Water Board

b) State Water Board

c) California Department of Food and Agriculture

d) Central Valley Agricultural Coalitions

e) Environmental Justice Groups

3. No-host Lunch (10 minutes break to obtain reserved lunch, please RSVP in advance)

4. Lunch Discussion – Status Updates on Implementation of New Requirements from the Eastern San Joaquin Petition Order: Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan Template, INMP Summary Report Template, On-Farm Drinking Water Well Notification Template and outreach materials, ILRP General Order updates, etc.

5. Open Discussion

6. Next Meeting/Action Items

Oct
18
Thu
Celery Irrigation Field Trial @ USDA-ARS Spence Research Farm
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

UC Cooperative Extension will host a field day at the USDA-ARS Spence research farm to

show a field trial evaluating water use in drip irrigated celery. This is an opportunity to see firsthand

the effect of water management on celery growth. We will discuss using weather data for

scheduling irrigations using the CropManage online tool, water application monitoring using

flowmeters, soil moisture monitoring using tensiometers, and the feasibility of improving

irrigation scheduling using satellite-based tools. This is a joint project among UC Cooperative

Extension, CSU Monterey Bay, NASA-Ames, and the USDA-ARS. The project is funded

through the USDA-Specialty Crop Grant Program, administered through CDFA. Cooperators

include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., and Wilbur Ellis.

 

Location: The trial is located in a field adjacent to Spence Rd. Enter the ranch from the west

side of Old Stage Rd. Turn right at the water reservoir and drive to the end of the road.

For more info. call: Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor: 831-759-7377

Nov
14
Wed
Sustainable & Organic Production in the Northern San Joaquin Valley @ International Agriculture Center
Nov 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Update on Laws and Regulations
Marianna Santos Gentert, Tulare County Department of Agriculture

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Organic Fertility and Pest Management in Cannabis Production
Dr. Thomas Quick, Growmore

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Break and Exhibitor Booth Demonstration

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Seaweed Extract (Ascophyllum nodosum) and Enhanced Abiotic Stress Tolerance, a review of Ocean Organics Research
Greg Cosman, Ocean Organics

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Humics 101
Peter Aleman, BioGro

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Soil Health in Organic Production
Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM How can Azomite help with Plant Stress and Build Soil Biome
Dr. Rajnish Khannon, Azomite Soil Products

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Foliar Application Methods
Andrew Pedersen, Brandt

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel

 

CE Hours:

DPR: 1.0 CEU laws and 1.5 CEU other

CCA: Nutrient Management : 1.5
Soil & Water Management : 1.5
Integrated Pest Management : 1
Crop Management : 1
Professional Development : 0.5
Sustainability : 0.5

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

Nov
4
Mon
Nitrogen Management Reporting Workshop for Organic Production @ Norton Hall
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monday, November 4, 2019 11-2 pm, lunch included

Norton Hall | 70 Cottonwood Street | Woodland, CA 95695 3 hours of CURES credits requested

No charge but RSVP required by October 31st Rsvp Here

Organic nitrogen management is particularly challenging because nitrogen from organic sources, such as compost, soil organic matter, cover crops, crop residue and soil amendments, must first be converted by microbes to become plant-available forms. Matching plant-available nitrogen to crop demand is necessary in order to provide sufficient nitrogen for optimal yields while reducing the risk of environmental pollution. Furthermore, nitrogen reporting requirements require information in plant-available nitrogen as opposed to total nitrogen applied. As a group, we will complete a comprehensive nitrogen budget, through which you will be given guidelines and calculations for estimating plant-available N. This will be directly translatable for use with your own compost, soil report results, amendments, etc. The last segment of the workshop will include an opportunity to work on your personal nitrogen budget and receive feedback from Margaret and Patricia. Participants are encouraged to bring information from their farm in order to use this information.
Instructors

Nov
8
Fri
Irrigation and Nitrogen Management CEU Workshop @ Kern Ag Pavillion
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, November 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kern Ag Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307

This workshop fulfills 3.5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) required to maintain the Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) Self-Certification. CEU certificates will be handed out to participants at the end of the workshop.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 4, 2019: Visit www.krwca.org and follow the link to the RSVP form or call (661) 616-6500 or email nbell@krwca.org.

Agenda:

  • 8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Understand Your Soil to Improve Irrigation and Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: D. Ryan Dodd, CPSS, CCA, TSP, Soil Scientist/Agronomist, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Efficient Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. The Importance of Distribution Uniformity in Irrigation Management
    • Presenter: Brian Hockett, District Manager, North West Kern Resource Conservation District
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Irrigation Management to Maximize Recovery of Applied Nitrogen into Crops
    • Presenter: Dr. John Dickey, Owner and Principal Soil Scientist and Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m. Current Status of Nitrogen Use Efficiency; Prospects for Improvement
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra
Nov
14
Thu
OFAC Seminar @ Hillcrest Plaza, Yuba City
Nov 14 all-day

Agenda

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Understanding Organic Fertilizers
    Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Pest Management in Cannabis and Hemp
    Dr. Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Integrated Pest Management for Insects & Mites in Organic Almond and Walnut Production
    Emily J. Symmes, PhD, Sac Valley Area IPM Advisor; UCCE & State IPM Program
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Foliar Application Methods
    Andrew Pedersen, Brandt
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Organic IPM in Field and Vegetable Crop Production
  • Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM LUNCH
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Pesticide Safety and Violations
  • Scott Bowden, Sutter County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer
  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Sulphur Use in Organic Agriculture
    Wesley Haun, Tiger-Sul
  • 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel
Jan
22
Wed
Statewide Pistachio Day @ Visalia Convention Center
Jan 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

2020 Statewide Pistachio Day
Wednesday, January 22 from 8 AM-4 PM
Visalia Convention Center, 303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

Pistachio Day delivers the latest research-based production practices to prospective or current growers, production managers, and pest control consultants so they are better able to achieve their pistachio growing goals.

The diverse program will include an industry overview as well as sessions on various important topics within the areas of Food Safety and Regulations, Horticulture Science, and Integrated Pest Management.

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