Fertilizer Research Conference Will be Held in Modesto, October 26-27, 2016

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) are hosting their 24th annual fertilizer research conference on October 26-27, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Modesto, California. This event brings together industry professionals and academic researchers to learn about the latest research and […]

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Availability of Fertilizer Research and Education Grant Funding

Grant proposals are due on September 1, 2016. FREP is currently accepting proposals for a 2016 special grant for fertilizer research and education. This competitive grant program funds research that advances the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizing materials. Funding availability is limited to proposals that address the following research and educational priorities: […]

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Climate Smart Agriculture Webinar

The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands present a joint webinar on Climate Smart Agriculture on July 7, from 9am to 11am. The webinar will provide perspective on the ability to produce crops in high-salinity conditions. Our saline agriculture experts include Arjen de Vos of Salt Farm […]

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Openings in the California Fertilizer Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee. This subcommittee reviews and recommends fertilizer research and education proposals for funding to CDFA’s Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. FREP funds and facilitates research to improve the agronomic and environmental use of fertilizing materials […]

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Nitrogen Management Training

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) supports education on nutrient management in agriculture and encourages the adoption of beneficial management practices. Currently, FREP is supporting two major projects in nitrogen management: Certified Crop Adviser training and grower training. The infographic below shows the up-to-date outcomes of these projects. For more information about the nitrogen […]

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Save the Date for the FREP/WPHA Conference

Every fall, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) host a two-day nutrient management conference. The agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research results and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in the state of California. On October 26 and […]

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California Fertilization Guidelines and Brochures

The California Fertilization Guidelines on the FREP website have been expanded to include recommendations for 18 crops, representing more than half of the irrigated agriculture in California. The recent additional recommendations are for plums, peaches and nectarines. Potato recommendations are coming soon. Additionally, FREP is pleased to announce that tomato, strawberry, and almond fertilization guidelines […]

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CDFA Accepting Concept Proposals for 2016 Fertilizer Research and Education Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is currently accepting concept proposals for the 2016 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials. The 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) includes several initiatives put forth by the department to help […]

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Welcome to the FREP Blog

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has created this blog to give you the latest nutrient management news and information for California growers, advisors, researchers and agencies. Bringing Research into Practice To bridge the gap between research conclusions and farming practices in the field, FREP is engaged in several outreach and educational activities: The […]

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