Inspection Services Blog

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.

Nov
15
Thu
Farmer Spotlight: Successful Cover Cropping on any Farm @ Norton Hall
Nov 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Jim Durst (Durst Organic Farms) and Eric Brennan (USDA) for an afternoon of conversation on the ins and outs of successful on-farm production and management of cover crops. The learning lab will be discussion based and potluck style and will be facilitated by Margaret Lloyd (UCCE Small Farms Advisor). We will explore a range of topics, including: the benefits of cover cropping, how to implement them into your specific farming operation, and the economics of implementing. Please bring a dish to share or simply join us for discussion.

Dec
12
Wed
Organic Grower Summit @ Monterey Conference Center
Dec 12 – Dec 13 all-day

Education sessions include “Scaling Up Healthy Soil Practices”, “Managing Organic Production and Plant Health” and others. For more details on the agenda and registration please  visit: https://www.organicgrowersummit.com/

Jan
10
Thu
South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting @ Woodland Community Center
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 7:45 Coffee and Refreshments
  • 8:15 Broomrape- a Weed of Industry Concern
    • Gene Miyao, retired, UC Farm Advisor, Yolo/Solano/Sacramento counties
  • 8:40 Recent Tomato Lessons Gleaned from UC Russell Ranch, Long-Term Experiment
    • Israel Herrera, field manager, UC Russell Ranch project, UC Davis.
  • 9:00 Local Pesticide Regulation Update
    • Jenni King, Deputy Ag Commissioner, Yolo County
  • 9:20 Decision Support Tools for Processing Tomato Irrigation and Fertilization
    • Daniel Geisseler, Nutrient Management Specialist, UC Davis
  • 9:40 Break
  • 10:00 Summary of Fungicide Efficacy Evaluations for Powdery Mildew Control; and Progress Report on Yield Response to Grafting
    • Brenna Aegerter, UC Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County
  • 10:20 Processing Tomato Variety Evaluations
    • Scott Picanso & Jonathan Deniz, TS&L.
  • 10:40 Keys to Field Bindweed Management
    • Lynn Sosnoskie, UC Farm Advisor, Merced and Madera counties
  • 11:00 Monitoring Southern Blight in Colusa County and 2018 Field Observations
    • Amber Vinchesi, UC Farm Advisor, Colusa and Sutter/Yuba counties
  • 11:20-11:40 Fusarium Diseases of Tomato- an Update on Identification and Management
    • Cassandra Swett, Plant Pathology Dept, UC Davis
Apr
11
Thu
Agronomic Crops & Irrigation Water Field Day @ Desert Research and Extension Center
Apr 11 @ 6:30 am – 12:15 pm
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

Jul
2
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Ventura County Ag Commissioner Update
    • Ed Williams, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner
  • 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Cannabis Fertility Programs for Organic and Conventional Production
    • Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Biological and Nutrient Efficiencies
    • Peter Aleman, BioGro
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Understanding Organic Fertilizers
    • Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Best Management of Plant Diseases in Organic Production
    • Dr. Annemiek Schilder, Ventura County UCCE
  • 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 Irrigation and Nutrient Management
    • Andre Biscaro, Ventura County UCCE
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel
Jul
30
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ CPDES Hall
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Agenda Coming Soon! Check https://www.organicfertilizerassociation.org/seminars for more information and other dates/locations

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.

Oct
24
Thu
Kern County Ag Day @ Kern County Fairgrounds
Oct 24 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nov
4
Mon
Nitrogen Management Reporting Workshop for Organic Production @ Norton Hall
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monday, November 4, 2019 11-2 pm, lunch included

Norton Hall | 70 Cottonwood Street | Woodland, CA 95695 3 hours of CURES credits requested

No charge but RSVP required by October 31st Rsvp Here

Organic nitrogen management is particularly challenging because nitrogen from organic sources, such as compost, soil organic matter, cover crops, crop residue and soil amendments, must first be converted by microbes to become plant-available forms. Matching plant-available nitrogen to crop demand is necessary in order to provide sufficient nitrogen for optimal yields while reducing the risk of environmental pollution. Furthermore, nitrogen reporting requirements require information in plant-available nitrogen as opposed to total nitrogen applied. As a group, we will complete a comprehensive nitrogen budget, through which you will be given guidelines and calculations for estimating plant-available N. This will be directly translatable for use with your own compost, soil report results, amendments, etc. The last segment of the workshop will include an opportunity to work on your personal nitrogen budget and receive feedback from Margaret and Patricia. Participants are encouraged to bring information from their farm in order to use this information.
Instructors

Comments are closed.