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.

Jan
31
Thu
Nitrogen Management Plan Self-Certification Course @ American Legion Hall
Jan 31 @ 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.

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.

Mar
12
Tue
CCA Nitrogen Management Training @ Wedgewood Wedding
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm

Registration closing March 4th

Agenda

Day 1: Nutrient Management
8:00 am Registration check-in begins (required)
9:00 am Module 1: Objectives
9:30 am Module 2: Nitrogen Cycle in Crop Production SystemsSat Darshan Khalsa, University of California, Davis
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Module 2 continued
11:15 am Module 3: Nitrogen SourcesDaniel Geisseler, University of California, Davis
12:00 pm Working Lunch
1:00 pm Module 4: Irrigation and Nitrogen ManagementDan Munk, University of California Cooperative Extension
2:00 pm Module 5: Nitrogen BudgetingDaniel Geisseler, University of California, Davis
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Module 6: Tools and ResourcesNatalie Jacuzzi, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Fertilizer Research and Education Program
3:45 pm Regional Board UpdateEric Warren, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
4:30 pm Questions/summary/check-out
5:00 pm Adjourn

 

Day 2: Annual or Permanent Crops
7:00 am Sign-in begins (required)
  Annual Crops
(Lead/Liaison: Dan Munk, UC Cooperative Extension)
Permanent Crops
(
Lead/Liaison: Sat Darshan Khalsa, University of California, Davis)
8:00 am Agronomic crop management Current practices and BMPs
  Break Break
10:30 am Vegetable crop management Nitrogen management planning exercise
12:00 pm Evaluations/Sign-out/certificate of attendance
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

May
9
Thu
Nitrogen Management Plan Grower Training @ Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 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.

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

May
21
Tue
Nitrogen Management Plan Grower Training @ College Greens Building
May 21 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 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.

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

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