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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.

Jun
9
Sat
Efficient Water Use in the Vineyard @ Raymond Vineyard
Jun 9 @ 8:15 am – 11:00 am

8:30 – 9:00 PRESENTATIONS

The State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: What it means for us

  Patrick Lowe, Napa County, patrick.lowe@countyofnapa.org

CODE’s BMPs for water management and other tools

  Lisa Francioni-Hai, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance,

  lfrancioni@wineinstitute.org

Energy efficiency rebates for irrigation projects

  Ashley Roberts, PG&E, aerd@pge.com

9:00 – 11:00 DEMONSTRATIONS

Mobile Irrigation Lab evaluates performance of irrigations systems

  Charles Schembre, Napa County RCD, Charles@naparcd.org

Surface renewal and vine-stress monitoring for irrigation scheduling

  Tom Shapland, Tule Technologies, tmshapland@gmail.com

Soil moisture and vine water status measurements for precise and efficient water management   Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture, mark@advancedvit.com

Sap flow monitoring within an holistic solution to optimize vineyard and resource management   Virginie Scoarnec, Fruition Sciences, Virginie@fruitionsciences.com

Jan
11
Fri
Grower Appreciation Workshop @ Fruit Growers Laboratory, Inc
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Talks include:

  • Nutrient Management for Avocado and Citrus
  • IPM for Avocado and Citrus
  • SGMA Compliance and the Impact on Growers

CCA CEUs Available

  • CCA-01-Nutrient Management : 0.5
  • CCA-03-Integrated Pest Management : 0.5
  • CCA-10-Sustainability : 1

For more info contact Denis Barry at denisb@fglinc.com

Feb
4
Mon
California Irrigation Institute Conference @ Hilton Sacramento
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

The California Irrigation Institute hosts an annual conference on California water issues, water use efficiency, water quality, and surface and groundwater management. The conference features leading water industry experts, government agency heads, water district managers, innovative farmers, and vendors with leading water saving products. The sessions aim to discuss research results and practical field experience.

Mar
12
Tue
Wheat Field Day
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Wheat Field Day: Colusa County, CA

9:00 Welcome and the Nitrogen Opportunity

9:15 In season N decision making and how to create a N calibration zone in the field

9:30 Demo of soil nitrate quick test

9:45 Real time plant sensing using hand-held tools and drone imagery

10:00 interpreting field measurements and on farm decision making

10:15 grower perspective on N rich strips

10:30 UC Small grain variety testing program tools and updates

10:45 variety trial observation

Apr
4
Thu
Water Measurement and Reporting Course @ Shasta College Farm
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

California water rights holders are required by state law to measure and report the water they divert from surface streams. For people who wish to take the water measurements themselves, the University of California Cooperative Extension is offering training to receive certification at two locations on April 4.

At the workshop, participants will:

  • Clarify reporting requirements for ranches.
  • Understand which meters are appropriate for different situations.
  • Learn how to determine measurement equipment accuracy.
  • Develop an understanding of measurement weirs.
  • Learn how to calculate and report volume from flow data.

See details at https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=29571

Water Measurement and Reporting Course @ Yolo County Fairgrounds
Apr 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

California water rights holders are required by state law to measure and report the water they divert from surface streams. For people who wish to take the water measurements themselves, the University of California Cooperative Extension is offering training to receive certification at two locations on April 4.

At the workshop, participants will:

  • Clarify reporting requirements for ranches.
  • Understand which meters are appropriate for different situations.
  • Learn how to determine measurement equipment accuracy.
  • Develop an understanding of measurement weirs.
  • Learn how to calculate and report volume from flow data.

See details at https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=29571

May
7
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ Salinas Sports Complex
May 7 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Monterey County Ag Commissioner Update -Henry Gonzales, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner
  • 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Pest Management in Cannabis Production -Dr. Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Weed Control Practices in Organic Vegetable Production -Richard Smith, UCCE Monterey County
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Soil Health in Organic Production -Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Humics in Organic Production -Peter Aleman, BioGro
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Foliar Application Methods -Andrew Pederson, Brandt
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Sulfur Use in Organic Agriculture -Wesley Haun, Tiger-Sul
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel

Save by purchasing your tickets in advance! Prices increase to $50 at the door.

DPR Credits:

1 hour laws and regs
3 hours other

CCA Approved CEUs:
Nutrient Management: 1.5
Soil & Water Management: 0.5
Integrated Pest Management: 0.5
Crop Management: 1.5
Professional Development: 0.5
Manure Management: 0
Sustainability: 1.5
Precision Ag: 0

May
30
Thu
SGMA Survival Toolkit @ Exeter Memorial Building
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SGMA Survival Toolkit!

What can you do to prepare?Join us in Exeter on May 30th at the Exeter Memorial Building from 3-6pm.  The second SGMA Survival Tool Kit is being co-hosted by the Tulare County Farm Bureau and the WET Center at Fresno State. Conversations on farmer preparation for SGMA, professional expertise and advise, and round table discussions will all take place!

Mark your calendars!

For more information please contact Don Wright don@waterwrights.net

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

Sep
4
Wed
Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting @ Staten Island Grain Silos
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Agenda

  • 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County
  • 10:20am “Lightning Talks” Brief presentations from organizations working on cover cropping and soil health
    • Cool Season Cover Cropping: Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE
    • Cover Cropping Survey: Ben Weise, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
    • Climate Smart Farming Program: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Cover
    • Cropping Incentive Programs: Sonya Miller, USDA-NRCS San Joaquin County
    • Summer Cover Crop Options: Valerie Bullard and Margaret Smither-Kopperl, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center
  • 10:45am Caravan to field site
  • 11:00am Warm Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta – Preliminary Results from Year 1 Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE
  • 11:15am Viewing of plot
  • 11:45am Wrap-up and Evaluations

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