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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
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.

Feb
5
Tue
Grower Nitrogen Management Self-Certification Course @ Kearney Ag Extension Center
Feb 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration is Full… please check calendar for other opportunities to complete the NMP self-certification course.

Feb
12
Tue
Grower Nitrogen Management Plan Self-Certification Course @ Granzella's Banquet Hall
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions are offering training sessions for growers who want to certify their own Nitrogen Management Plans (NMP) for properties located in High Vulnerability areas. The training sessions are put on by Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) who have completed a curriculum training approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and University of California.

These courses are specifically for growers who want to receive training and certification for self-certifying (sign-off on) their own Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP). However, if you already passed the course and want CE units for attending the course again, you can attend the 4 hour training and receive 1 hour of continuing education credits toward maintaining your certification. You must be present for all 4 hours to receive one hour/unit (however, no need to re-take the test). These and other courses to accumulate hours are listed on the continuing education page along with an email sign-up form to be notified when new courses are added to the list.

The grower trainings are 4-hour classes and participants will need to take a test before they can sign off on their own NMP.

Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries Short Course @ University of California Agricultural Center
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This short course will focus on the practical aspects of organic soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy green vegetables and long-season strawberry production.

Topics will focus on the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production, including mineralization from soil organic matter, release of inorganic nitrogen from organic fertilizers and composts, and the contribution of prior crop residues, cover crops, and irrigation water.

Growers, consultants, and those involved in organic soil fertility management will find this course valuable.

Flyer and registration form: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/files/293316.pdf

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

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
20
Tue
Nitrogen Managment Self-Certification Workshop @ Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Growers are invited to participate in a Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) workshop, to aquire the credentials needed to develop self-certified plans for their farms.  To learn more about the requirements and the areas in which they apply, please refer to VCAILG’s February 2019 Newsletter. 
**4 Hours of VCAILG CEUs pending Regional Board approval.

Registration Required. Spanish Translation offered for September 12th workshop!

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
Sep
12
Thu
Nitrogen Managment Self-Certification Workshop @ Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Growers are invited to participate in a Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) workshop, to aquire the credentials needed to develop self-certified plans for their farms.  To learn more about the requirements and the areas in which they apply, please refer to VCAILG’s February 2019 Newsletter. 
**4 Hours of VCAILG CEUs pending Regional Board approval.

Registration Required. Spanish Translation offered for September 12th workshop!

Sep
19
Thu
Alfalfa and Forage Field Day @ UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Sep 19 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

A half-day of forage research demonstrations and educational presentations in the field and in the classroom. The meeting will begin early morning through lunch, and lunch will be provided.

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