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CDFA Awards $4.14 Million for Research and Education to Improve Nutrient Management Practices

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing $4.14 million in grant funding to agricultural organizations and universities. The funding includes $3 million for the University of California, Agricultural and Natural Resources (UCANR) to conduct targeted nitrogen and irrigation education and training in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast and $1.14 million for …


Registration, Call for Posters Open for 29th Annual FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference

Registration is now open for the 29th annual Nutrient Management Conference, hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health (WPH). This year’s FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Luis Obispo, CA, October 27-28 and includes a farm tour which will …


New Technical Advisory Subcommittee Members Appointed

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) welcomes Jan Hopmans, Sebastian Saa, and Daniel Rodrigues to the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). FREP also welcomes Jerome Pier as the reappointed TASC Chair. TASC is a group of scientific and technical experts who review and recommend funding for proposals submitted to the FREP grant program. Shown left …


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 …


Research Update: Benefits of CropManage for Optimum Irrigation and Nitrogen Management in Central Valley

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) Grant Program. Project Title: Adapting CropManage Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Decision Support Tool for Central Valley Crops Project Leaders: Michael Cahn (UCCE), Patrick Brown (UCD), Allan Fulton (UCCE) Project Status: Complete (3-year …


Research Update: Field assessments and workshops support irrigation and nutrient management training

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) Grant Program. Project Title: Training on Crop Management that Integrates Climate, Soil and Irrigation System Data to Minimize Nutrient Loss and Optimize Irrigation Efficiency Project Leaders: Trina Walley, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District (ESRCD), …


CDFA Announces Vacancies on Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning plant nutrition and environmental effects related to fertilizing materials use. It reviews all research and education proposals for the annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) grant …


Research Update: Assessing Nitrogen Content to Improve Crop Management

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). Read the first update on this project. Project Title: Assessment of Harvested and Sequestered Nitrogen Content to Improve Nitrogen Management in Crops Project Leaders: Charlotte Gallock, Dr. John Dickey and Dr. Ken Cassman Project Status: Year 3 Overview: This project …


Research Update: Nitrogen Management Adoption Rates

Note: This is part of Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html).   The first update on this project can be found here.  (https://blogs.cdfa.ca.gov/FREP/index.php/research-update-understanding-grower-decisions/) Project Title: Understanding Influences on Grower Decision-Making and Adoption of Improved Nitrogen Management Practices  Project Leaders: Mark N. Lubell, Jessica M. Rudnick, Sat Darshan S. Khalsa, Patrick H. Brown (University of California, …


CDFA Awards $1.5 Million for Nutrient Management Projects through FREP Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) announces more than $1.5 million in grant funds are awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the FREP Grant Program 2019 grant cycle. These grants will fund seven research projects to improve the efficiency of nitrogen (N) fertilization in California agriculture, reduce the …