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CDFA Seeking Trainers for Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is looking for qualified individuals to serve as trainers for the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program.

This training program is designed for Central Valley growers interested in self-certifying their Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan (INMP) Worksheets.

Trainer Larry Schwankle presents a course in the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program managed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program. CDFA encourages more people interested in becoming a trainer to fill out an application today!

Who is eligible to be a trainer?

Individuals qualified to be a trainer include those who have a background in irrigation and/or nitrogen management and have experience working with growers to complete INMP Worksheets. Qualified individuals are also comfortable speaking and answering questions in front of an audience, online, or in-person. Preference will be given to active consultants and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA).

When are trainings offered?

Training courses are available to growers from November to March and trainers are assigned based on their designated areas of service and availability.  Trainers will serve in at least two trainings during each training period.

Why should you become a trainer?

Being a trainer is a great opportunity to connect with growers in your service area and broaden your impact on the agricultural community.  It is also an opportunity to strengthen your professional skills, including communication and critical thinking.  Trainers will receive a stipend of $500 for each training session from the sponsoring organization.

How do you become a trainer?

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, the first step is to fill out an application:  

If selected, individuals will go through a training process, which includes:

  1. Attending an informational session (online or in-person)
  2. Participating as a spectator in one live training session
  3. Participating as an assistant trainer in one live training session

After completing the training process, individuals will be eligible to be trainers in the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program managed by CDFA FREP.

If you have any additional questions, please email

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