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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.

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
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.

Feb
25
Mon
Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth, Cropping, and Management @ University of California, Davis
Feb 25 – Mar 7 all-day

Registration for the 2018 UC Davis Extension Course: Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth, Cropping and Management is now open.

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and University of California, Davis (UCD) Plant Sciences department are offering the annual two-week course from February 25th through March 7st, 2019 at UC Davis, CA.

Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry. However, access to educational courses on basic fruit and nut tree biology, and how it relates to horticultural practices, is limited. This course incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and orchard management.

During the first week of the course (February 25 – March 1), leaders in tree crop research from the University of California will provide lectures on tree growth, development and pruning, dormancy and chilling, flowering, pollination and fruit set as well as many other topics critical to a solid understanding of fruit and nut orchard management. There will also be field excursions for hands-on field exercises and demonstrations.

The optional second week (March 4 – March 7) is a four day field tour throughout tree fruit and nut growing regions in Northern and Central California. The field tour includes visits to current UC experiments, processing facilities, and orchards in a wide range of tree fruit and nut crops.

This course is designed specifically for current tree fruit and nut growers and professionals and also for those with small acreage farms or new to the fruit and nut business.  Attendees will receive a certificate after completing the course.

The fee is $2,850 for the entire course (plus the lodging cost for the field trips), or $1,850 for the first week only.

Please visit the course website for more information on the program and our instructors, and to register. Please contact the Fruit and Nut Research Center at fruitsandnuts AT ucdavis.edu or 530-752-4279 or if you have any questions.”

Apr
18
Thu
Drip Irrigation System Start Up @ Sea Smoke Vineyard
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting is a walkthrough of Best Management Practices for starting up a drip irrigation system in the spring.

Intended for those who depend on, operate or repair drip irrigation systems in vineyards.

This special meeting will be in Spanish and English.

Jacob Hernandez of JH Ag Consulting will walk attendees from the well to the end of the drip hose stopping along the way to demonstrate how to prep the key points in the system before the irrigation season starts.

Jacob will talk about some common problems with irrigation systems and how to address them.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together experts, boots-in-the-field irrigators, and vineyard managers to share their knowledge and experience with drip irrigation system maintenance and repair and what they do at the beginning of the season to ensure the system works properly.

Applies to SIP Certified® Standards 2.6.8, 5.1, 5.2, & 5.3.5

CEUs approved for: 3.0 CCA (Soil & Water)

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
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
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!

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.
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