Free Workshops for Youth, Professionals and Community Members. Plus: Fire and Plant Disease Resources for Homeowners

Free Workshops for Youth, Professionals and Community Members. Plus: Fire and Plant Disease Resources for Homeowners

Learn About California Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, May 21st, 9:30 am PST, for Part 2 of a webinar series on California agriculture, where we'll learn about major crops and production areas. This webinar will feature UCCE Ventura County advisors Andre Biscaro and Ben Faber. Watch it live or view after on YouTube. Part 1 is up. This is an ideal webinar series for the home classroom.



Fumigants and Non-Fumigant Alternatives: Regulatory & Research Updates

Growers, PCAs, applicators and supervisors of fumigant and non-fumigant technologies and decision makers should plan to attend this free, virtual educational outreach event, scheduled for Monday May 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This workshop is open to the public. Although targeted to strawberries, most of the learning will generally apply to other crops. The program is being hosted by Dr. Oleg Daugovish, who serves as the Strawberry and Vegetable Crop Advisor for UCCE Ventura County. 

Topics include:

  • Most pertinent regulatory requirements for fumigant use and application
  • Industry updates on fumigant and non-fumigant tools use
  • Fumigant application based on need within fields
  • Soil-borne pathogen management

Continuing Education Units are available: 1.5 hours of "Other" and 1.0 hours of laws and regulations have been applied for from California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

Registration is required and participants will receive a link and instructions prior to the workshop. Register here.


Announcing Treemendous Learning Webinars for Middle and High School Students

Join us on alternate Tuesdays in May and June, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, for this opportunity designed for middle and high school students. Treemendous Tuesdays is a collaboration of U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources, California Project Learning Tree, California 4-H, and UC Agriculture & Natural Resources

Five webinars will be hosted every other week starting May 5 and ending June 30. These events are free and registration is required.

  • May 5: Invasive Species (invasive shot hole borers)
  • May 19: Invasive Plants & Trees
  • June 2: Benefits of the Urban Forest
  • June 16: iTree
  • June 30: Living with Fire

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New Resource to Diagnose and Manage Plant Disease

UC's Integrated Pest Management Program has a new Pest Notes publication available, which provides information to help diagnose and manage Anthracnose, fungal diseases that can impact many deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. These diseases can also infect vegetables, flowers, fruit and turfgrass in some regions in California. Dr. Jim Downer, an Advisor in our UCCE Ventura County office, is a co-author.

Preparing for Fire Season

UC ANR has organized an electronic portal - Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide - that contains a wealth of resources to help homewoners prepare for fire season. Please visit our Fire Resources and Information page for the latest research and information.

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By Rose Marie Hayden-Smith
Author - Emeritus - UCCE Advisor in Digital Communications in Food Systems & Extension Education; Editor, UC Food Observer; Food and Society Policy Fellow