UCCE Farm Advisor Mark Bolda will be providing a training on light brown apple moth (LBAM) that qualifies attendees to be an “approved scout” relating to the Compliance Agreement for shipment of berries to Canada. On completion of the brief training, attendees will receive a Certificate as a record of their participation.
This training will be held once in English and once in Spanish.
Where: UCCE Auditorium, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite E, Watsonville, CA
When: March 10 – 9:00-10:00 AM in English
March 11 – 9:00-10:00 AM in Spanish
No pre-registration necessary. All are welcome to attend, even if they do not intend to ship berries to Canada.
Every little bit helps, and the Ventura County Resource Conservation District might help some Ventura growers.
The Ventura County Resource Conservation District (VCRCD) would like to remind agricultural producers about an existing incentives program, the Calleguas Creek Watershed Agricultural Management Measures Program (CCWAMMP). The purpose of CCWAMMP is to improve water quality in the Frontal Pacific and Revolon Slough subwatersheds of Calleguas Creek. To achieve this, VCRCD, with funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, will reimburse growers a portion of the costs needed to implement certain agricultural management measures (MMs) and irrigation efficiency upgrades. If you are a grower in the coastal region of the Calleguas Creek Watershed, please submit an on-line CCWAMMP Interest Survey to VCRCD today! The CCWAMMP interest form is available here.
VCRCD is also pleased to announce that a new incentives program, Interactive Irrigation Management to Reduce the Leaching of Nitrogen (MRLN), is expected to start April 2020. The goal of the MRLN program is to help agricultural producers build irrigation and fertilizer schedules that reduce the potential for nitrogen leaching. To achieve this goal, VCRCD will provide participants incentives for lysimeters and soil moisture sensing equipment as well as free irrigation and nutrient management technical assistance. Specifically, VCRCD will work with the landowner and agronomy professionals (such as Cooperative Extension staff) to evaluate the lysimeter and soil moisture data and provide the participating landowner guidance concerning potential irrigation and fertilization improvements. If you are near a nitrogen-impacted waterway in Ventura County, please submit a MRLN interest form here.
For more information about either of these programs, please contact Jamie Whiteford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With the underlying principle of integrated pest management, the conference will cover topics ranging from identifying a pest to forecasting crop health, according to conference organizer Surendra Dara, University of California Cooperative Extension entomology and biologicals advisor.
Each year the Ag Innovations Conference series introduces new technologies for growers.
“This conference provides the latest updates from university, federal agency, and industry researchers and growers on crop production and protection technologies,” Dara said. “Attendees can also visit the trade show and see what various companies offer for their crop needs.”
Speakers will discuss
- Regulatory update on pesticides
- Biology and management of the spotted lanternfly, a potential threat to California grapes
- Living with leafroll virus
- Sustainable pest and disease management in strawberry
- Regulatory, commercial, and social elements in the new integrated pest management model
- Automated weeding in lettuce and tomato using a crop-marking system
- Identification and characterization of a new virus associated with lettuce dieback disease
- Abiotic stress defense, a new way to grow crops
- Transit: Solutions for sustainable agriculture
- Climate smart farming: Improving soil health for improved crop productivity
- Microalgae in agriculture for optimal plant growth
- The future of microbial augmentation in agriculture
- Biocontrol solutions for major crops on the Central Coast
- How the BASF product portfolio supports IPM in small fruits and vegetables
- Mating disruption for managing diamondback moth
- Managing diseases and insects in strawberry with biopesticides
- Disease management in organic crops
- Artificial intelligence in agriculture for forecasting and decision-making
Early registration until March 8 is $50 per individual. View the full agenda and register at https://ucanr.edu/AIC2020. Onsite registration is $100 on March 18. Registration includes lunch and refreshments; 6.0 CCA and 4.0 DPR CEUs have been approved. The conference will be at the Veterans' Memorial Center at 313 W. Tunnell Street in Santa Maria.
For more information about registration or exhibiting in the trade show, please contact Hiromi Peck at (805) 781-5940.