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.

Oct
2
Tue
Nutrient Management Plan Self-Certification Workshop -Ventura @ Soule Park Golf Course
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Growers in the Ventura River Watershed are invited to participate in a Nitrogen Management Plan self-certification workshop. This workshop will provide growers the credentials required to develop a certified Nitrogen Management Plan for their farms by the end of January 2019, as required by the the Ventura River Watershed Algae TMDL (a regulation adopted to reduce excessive algae growth in the river by reducing the influx of nutrients in runoff).

The workshop itself will include a training presentation, developed in collaboration with CDFA FREP and UCCE, and will be followed by a 30-minute exam requiring a passing score of 70 percent.

Registration is required and is open now with priority for Ventura River Watershed growers.

Oct
16
Tue
Storm water and Sediment Management in Raspberry Plasticulture Tunnels @ Prell Road Ranch
Oct 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Agenda

8:30 Registration

9:00 Update on Santa Barbara County Water Quality Challenges and Legislation

9:20 Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Raspberry Plasticulture Tunnel Post Rows

9:30 Effect of BMPs on Nitrogen

9:50 Effect of BMPS on Phosphorus, Runoff Turbidity, and Sediment Movement

10:10 Effect of BMPs on Weeds

10:20 BMP Costs

10:30 Polyacrylamide Demonstration, Questions, and Survey

11:00 End

Registration Link and MAP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoophouse-field-day-tickets-50613920599)

Project and Survey Link (http://www.vcrcd.org/specialty-crop-block-grant)

 

Dec
3
Mon
FREP Request for Proposals Release
Dec 3 all-day

The 2019 RFP will be released on Monday, December 3rd.

For more information please visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html

Concept Proposals are due January 31, 2019

Dec
13
Thu
NMP Grower Self Certification Course @ Butte County Farm Bureau
Dec 13 @ 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

Jan
31
Thu
FREP Concept Proposals Due
Jan 31 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Concept Proposals are due by 5pm on January 31, 2019. No exceptions.

For more information on priority funding areas and timeline please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html

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
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.

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
14
Wed
Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting for Berry and Vegetable Crops @ Courtyard by Marriott
Aug 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

3 hours of VCAILG educational hours applied

Language: Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available

AGENDA

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 Full season nitrogen management of vegetables. Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
9:00-9:20 Assessment of the accuracy and precision of soil chemical analysis performed by eight commercial laboratories. Andre Biscaro, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
9:20-9:50 Mitigating pesticides and sediments in tail water using polyacrylamide (PAM): a new approach. Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
9:50-10:00 Conditional Waiver requirements and VCAILG program updates. Jodi Switzer, Water Program Director, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

10:00-10:20 Break

10:20-10:30 Resources for soil health and efficient irrigation. Alli Rowe, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County
10:30-11:00 Agricultural water issues update. John Krist, CEO, Farm Bureau of Ventura County
11:00-11:30 Assessing the impact of nitrogen fertilizer amounts and sources on strawberry yield, fruit quality and shelf life. Andre Biscaro, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
11:30-12:00 Nitrogen management in organic strawberries and vegetables. Organic Production Specialist, UC Santa Cruz-Cooperative Extension
12:00-12:05 Closing remarks and adjourn – lunch provided by sponsors