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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 …


New Technical Advisory Subcommittee Members Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Hunt and Ben Faber to the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). We are also happy to announce that Steve Petrie has been reappointed to TASC. TASC is a group of scientific and technical experts who review and recommend projects for FREP funding. Steve Petrie Dr. Petrie’s professional experience related …


Now Accepting Proposals for 2020 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 2020 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research and education to advance the efficient use of fertilizer materials and reduce environmental impacts associated with them. Two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are being released for 2020: The Regular RFP includes …


Vacancies on FREP’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). The TASC reviews and recommends research and education proposals for funding and implementation to the department’s Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. Applicants must demonstrate technical, applied, and scientific expertise in the fields of agronomy, soil science, plant physiology, …


New Technical Advisory Subcommittee Members Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Tom Bottoms and Suduan Gao to the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). TASC reviews and recommends research and education proposals for funding to the department’s Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. Tom Bottoms With a background in research, education, and now production, Dr. Tom Bottoms brings technical and applicable research expertise to …


2019 Request for Proposals

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) funds and facilitates research to advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizer in California. The FREP grant program uses a two-phase annual process. Phase I, the submission of concept proposals, is now open! Below is a list of frequently asked questions to address common concerns. If you have any additional …