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Save the Date!

Save the date! October 27-28, 2021, is when the annual FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference will be hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) in collaboration with Western Plant Health (WPH). The conference agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research results and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in the …


Research Update: Biochar as a soil amendment

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) annual grant program. Project Title: Soil biochar amendment to improve nitrogen and water management Project Leaders: Suduan Gao and Dong Wang (United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences …


FREP Awards $2 Million for Nutrient Management Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) announces more than $2 million in grant funds are being awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the 2020 cycle of the competitive FREP Grant Program. These grants will fund 11 research projects to improve the efficiency of nitrogen (N) fertilization in California …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 5: Managed Aquifer Recharge on the Central Coast

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 4: Soil and Crop Nutrient Management

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 3: Efficient Management Practices in Almonds

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 2: Irrigation and Salinity Management

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 1: Sampling Techniques and Analyses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


Now Accepting Proposals for 2021 Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances fertilization practices and minimizes environmental impacts of fertilizing materials.  The 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) includes several initiatives put forth by the department to help effectively manage nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture.   This year’s …


Research Update: Soil Nitrate Quick Tests to Improve Nitrogen Fertilization in Strawberry Ranches

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) grants. Project Title: Promoting the adoption of soil nitrate quick tests by Spanish-speaking operators on strawberry ranches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties Project Leader: Gerry Spinelli, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County Project …