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
26
Fri
South Valley Nut Conference @ Tulare County Fairgrounds
Oct 26 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

“Uncover new solutions and innovations for your orchards with our unique tradeshow.” The event includes equipment, exhibits, seminars and a free tri-tip lunch.

CCA Credits available: 2 Soil & Water Mgmt, 3 IPM, 1 Crop Mgmt, and 0.5 professional development

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.

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

Jun
25
Tue
Addressing Almond Production Challenges @ Tulare International Agri-Center Heritage Room
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tulare International Agri-Center Heritage Room

4500 South Laspina Street, Tulare

11:00 am until 1:00 pm, Lunch will be Served

*PCA & CCA hours available*

 

Agenda

  • “Epidemiology and Management of Almond Hull Rot”
    • Dr. James Adaskaveg, Professor and Plant Pathologist, UC Riverside
  • “Plant Stress & Fertility Needs at Hull Split & Postharvest”
    • Jared Sannar, PCA, CCA Redox Agronomist
  • “Update on Ganoderma Butt Rot”
    • Bob Johnson, UC Davis Plant Pathology PhD Candidate
  • “Mitigating Disease Pressure with Nutrition”
    • Jim White, PCA, CCA Soil Basics Agronomist

 

Aug
12
Mon
Fertigation Short Course @ Irrigation and Training Research Center
Aug 12 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

This class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management will also be discussed.

Aug
21
Wed
Healthy Soil Summit @ UC Davis Conference Center
Aug 21 – Aug 22 all-day

The program will consist of an optional half-day farm tour (SOLD OUT) and one and a half days of sessions on successful farm management strategies as well as time to engage with speakers and fellow attendees to build business relationships and peer networks.

Between 8 and 10 CEU’s will be offered at the Summit. 

SPEAKERS
Expert speakers with expert advise on proven methods for creating healthy, productive soil will include John Kempf, Pam Marrone, Glen Rabenberg and Gary Zimmer to name a few.

TRADE SHOW
17 companies will be on hand to answer questions and speak from experience on addressing challenges and reducing risk to drive whole-farm success.

Sep
19
Thu
Feeding Beets on California Dairy Farms @ Kearney Ag Center
Sep 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What this meeting will cover: The use of sugar beets as a winter forage crop on dairies in the San Joaquin Valley. Sugar beets were planted in late October in 2018 on the Legacy Dairy near Pixley, California. They were harvested in late June and co-ensiled with almond hulls. Root yields approached 60 tons per acre fresh weight. Beets are used commonly as feed in Arizona, where winter production is the most efficient way to produce large amounts of highly digestible, high energy forage with minimal amounts of water. They have similar potential for dairy farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

What we will talk about: This meeting will present results from the feed beet project at the Legacy Dairy including growing the crop and yields, general sugar beet production guidelines for dairy farms, forage yields and quality, making silage, and how to feed sugar beet forage to high producing dairy cows.

Who should come? Dairymen, dairy nutritionists, and crop advisors working with dairy producers.

Agenda
12:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:15 Welcome and Introduction – Nick Clark, UCCE Tulare County
  • 1:30 Growing Sugar Beets on Dairy Farms: The Basics – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist; Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 2:00 Silage Making and Silage Quality – Peter Robinson (tentative) – Animal Sciences, UC Davis
  • 2:30 Results from the Legacy Dairy: Yields, Growing and Harvesting Methods, Making silage – Frank Fernandes, Gene Aksland, Steve Kaffka, Legacy Dairy, Consulting Agronomist, & UC Davis
  • 3:00 Experiences with Growing and Feeding Beets in Arizona – Niles Jennet, Consulting Nutritionist, Arizona
  • 3:30 Seed Sources and Other Useful Information – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 3:45 Adjourn
Nov
13
Wed
National Grape Research Alliance Sensor Technology Workshop @ Embassy Suites, Sacramento
Nov 13 all-day

What?

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) are
partnering to produce the NGRA-ARS Sensor Technology Workshop to be held this fall in Sacramento, CA.
Join wine and grape industry principals to hear from scientists about the sensors
that support  grape-growing today (including the strengths and shortcomings of these offerings),
what’s in the research pipeline and what advances are on the horizon.
In this dynamic event, the scientists will gain valuable insight about sensor technologies, too,
from a panel of early-adopters, from industry attendees and from fellow researchers, as well.
Be a part of the exploration!

When and Where?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
7:30 a.m. – Registration open, coffee service available
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Speaker program
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Reception

How Much?

$150 – NGRA Board members
$250 – Industry and academic guests
Ticketing fees apply
All tickets include lunch and reception.

Ticket sales end 24 hours in advance; no tickets will be sold onsite.
Tickets will be non-refundable

CEUs?
PCAs: 2 hours CEU credit (in “other” category) offered via the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

CCAs: 7.5 CEU credits offered in precision ag (3), soil & water management (2), crop management (1.5) and integrated pest management (1)
via Certified Crop Adviser

 

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
Nov
19
Tue
Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium @ Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day

What is the Alfalfa Symposium?
The Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is a comprehensive program on the many issues facing alfalfa and forage crops.  Forages represent a major component of western farming and impact many other enterprises such as dairy farming, beef production, sheep, goats, as well as honey, agricultural industries and environmental issues.  This symposium covers topics ranging from economics and markets, regulatory trends, industry issues, pest management, forage quality, irrigation, genetics to impacts and the environment.  The symposium is a “must” for anyone interested in these important crops.

Organizational Process
The 2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is organized by University Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, in cooperation with grower members of the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.  The symposium is currently in its 49th year, and is hosted by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association, representing thousands of California forage growers.

Who Should Attend?
Farmers, Pest Control Advisors, Certified Crop Advisors, industry members, agency representatives, Cooperative Extension personnel, and anyone who wishes to be informed about important issues related to alfalfa and forages.