News/Events


California’s economy lost $9.6 billion in revenue last year – Ag Biz Loses Equivalent to Ebay Being Wiped Out, and it Could Get Worse

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced in October, “In 2015 California’s farms and ranches received approximately $47 billion for their output. This represents a decrease of nearly 17 percent compared to 2014.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said prior-year comparable receipts were $56.6 billion. That’s a revenue loss of $9.6 billion in a single year.


Company uses Solar Panel Technology to Make Water from Air

Maybe, it is not ready for Central Coast Ag, but “The system is called Source and is being tested in water scarce countries in Ecuador, Jordan, and Mexico. Using solar panels, the system pulls moisture from the atmosphere to provide clean drinking water.”

Read more:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/company-uses-solar-panel-technology-to-make-water-from-air/article/477706#ixzz4OPutIXWx


State Releases Report for Delta, Sacramento River Basin Water Flows

10/21/16: The report is recommending drastic increases in: inflow requirements, non-flow mitigations, and Delta outflow requirements. There are recommended timing of cold water releases from reservoirs and increased storage of adequate water in reservoirs to be able to provide critical at other times.

The report also documents the decline of key Delta fish species, reductions of winter and spring flows over time, the need for more fresh water in the Delta, and the need for increased Delta outflow.

California’s Water Quality Control Board is seeking comment on the Scientific Basis Report, from which it will determine the necessary flows to “protect fish and wildlife beneficial uses.”

Written comments are due by Dec. 16 and a workshop at which oral comments can be made is scheduled Dec. 7. http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/press_room/press_releases/2016/pr101916_bay_delta.pdf


 

 

EPA – Renewed Call to Action to Reduce Nutrient Pollution and Support for Incremental Actions to Protect Water Quality and Public Health

10/22/16 – “Five years ago, the Office of Water issued a national call to action and a framework for collaboration to address the substantial and growing threat to nutrient pollution to America’s water resources…This memo highlights the continued need for action to address this challenge and calls upon states and stakeholders to intensify their efforts in collaboration…of watershed-based, multi-stakeholder projects to reduce impacts to public health from nitrates in sources of drinking water and from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution contributing to harmful algal blooms.”


A Senate Report on the Expansion of Jurisdiction Claimed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act

9/20/16: Report Conclusion: “The reach of federal authority claimed by EPA and the Corps is, in the words of Justice Kennedy, ‘ominous.’  That ominous authority would be codified in the WOTUS [Waters of the U.S.] rule. As a result, if that rule goes into effect, the hard-won right to challenge Corps jurisdictional determinations will become meaningless. Under the rule, to regulate any water that is in a 100-year floodplain and within 1,500 feet of another regulated water, the Corps need only a measuring device and, to regulate any water within 4,000 feet of another water, the Corps need only make … vague allegations about water retention, water runoff and use as habitat…With the categoriacal regulation of ephemeral drains as “tributaries” the Corps and EPA will find the “tributaries” almost anywhere gravity moves water downhill.

These facts, in combination with the evisceration of the stautory exemptions for ordinary farming and ranching activities, demand a response from Congress.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

March 14, 2017

California Leafy Greens Research Board, 2017 Annual Research Conference

Location: TBA

California is the leading producer of lettuce with an estimated 72% of the total U.S. production of iceberg lettuce, 79% of leaf lettuce and 74 % of fresh market spinach (source: California Agricultural Resource Directory, 2007). The research programs funded by industry for forty years have allowed the lettuce industry to continue to provide a consistent supply of high quality lettuce to the consumer.  With the inclusion of spinach and Spring Mix, the new program will expand and build on the successes experienced previously. Research findings are presented.

http://calgreens.org


January 31 – February 1, 2016

 2017 California Plant & Soil Conference (American Society of Agronomy (ASA), California Chapter)

Location: DoubleTree Convention Center Hotel in Fresno (formerly the Radisson)

http://calasa.ucdavis.edu


January 26, 2017

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA), Public Stakeholder Forum

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Provide input on the Draft Recommendation for forming the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA).

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org


January 26, 2017

California H2O Women Conference (by invitation)

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Presented by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

This unique, women-only event will showcase leading women professionals, their work and contributions to advance the water industry. Speakers include top women water professionals, who will discuss relevant topics impacting the industry, including:

The future of imported water – The duty to invest in water infrastructure for future generations – Implementation of sustainable groundwater management the role of communication in advancing water policy

https://californiah2owomenconference.com


January 18-20, 2017

California Weed Conference

Location: Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey CA

 This forum brings together industry, academia, public agencies, and others for a focused exchange of information on weed biology and weed management.

http://www.cwss.org


December 8-9, 2016

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Hearing

Location: Watsonville, CA

Discussion of the 303(d)/305(b) Integrated Report – Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program 3.0 adoption – SIP vineyard/winery Waste Discharge Requirement -and Lots more regulatory fun! Agenda pending.

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/board_info/agendas/2016/2016_agendas.shtml


December 1-3, 2016

California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 100 Year Convention 

Location: Sparks Nugget, Reno Nevada

This convention will be the most-talked about event of the year in the California beef community.

http://www.calcattlemen.org/cca_events/event.aspx?eventid=20


December 2, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Collaborative Work Group

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Continue developing the proposal for GSA formation. 

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


November 17, 2016

UC Soil and Water Short Course 2016

Buehler Alumni Center, UC David

This will focus on the practical aspects of soil fertility management in an era of volatile fertilizer costs, uncertain water supply and increasing government regulation. The topics covered will include getting the maximum value from soil and water testing, comparing fertilizer sources, irrigation water quality effects on soil management, and nitrogen management and environmental protection.

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/events/soil_water_info_2016.htm


November 16, 2016

Central Coast Workshop, Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands

Location: 1432 Abbott Street, Salinas CA 93901

The direct annual cost to monitor and control invasive plants in California is $82 million, and the indirect economic impacts are even larger. Join the fight to reduce noxious weeds!

http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/?calitem=339531&g=32039


November 14, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Public Stakeholder Forum

Location: Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St., Salinas

Provide input on the Draft Recommendation for forming the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA).

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


November 14, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Collaborative Work Group

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Continue developing the proposal for GSA formation.

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


November 14-15, 2016

Sustainable Ag Expo

Location: Madonna Inn Expo Hall, San Luis Obispo, CA

 This is a multi-day educational seminar highlighting the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors. Sessions are designed to help attendees meet these challenges as well as look to the future.

http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/expo.php


November 10, 2016 (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

2016 Plant Disease Seminar

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

2016 plant disease developments – Anaerobic soil disinfestation – Rapid molecular diagnostics for strawberry soilborne pathogens – Lettuce downy mildew update – Spinach diseases.

http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/files/249016.pdf


November 4, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Collaborative Work Group

Location: Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St., Salinas

Continue developing the proposal for GSA formation.

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


November 4, 2016 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

UCCE Seminar: Vineyard Pest and Disease Management

Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave. San Luis Obispo

Overview of pest and disease issues – Disease resistance in rootstocks –  Red blotch management – Grapevine leafroll management – Pierce’s disease – Managing weeds – Sprayer calibration – Powdery mildew overview – Phenology for pest resistant rootstock – Mealybug control.

Note: $100.00 Advance registration requirement. 4.5 hours of DPR units.

http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=18964


November 2-5, 2016

25th Annual California Invasive Plant Council Symposium

Location: Tanaya Lodge, Yosemite

Managing invasive species in designated wilderness – Finding common ground with those managing cultural resources, wildfire, and endangered species – Investigations into interactions between invasive plants and soil biota – Powerful partnerships that enable landscape-level conservation – How climate change informs invasive plant management prioritization

http://www.cafiresci.org/events-webinars-source/category/25th-annual-california-invasive-plant-council-symposium


November 2, 2016 (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

2016 Salinas Valley Weed School

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Update on weed control in vegetables – Mechanized weed control – Effect of irrigation technique on vegetable herbicides – Cost of hand-weeding – (Lack of) herbicide resistant weeds.

http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/?calitem=340648&g=32039


October 26-27, 2016

Nutrient Management: Challenges and Opportunities

 Location: Modesto, California

Sponsored by California Department of Food and Agriculture/Fertilizer Research and Education Program and Western Plant Health Association

This conference focuses on managing agricultural nutrients. It is geared toward a range of agriculturalists, including agricultural supply and service consultants, growers, university extension specialists, crop advisers, and local, state and national governmental agency personnel. Presenters from academia, industry and agricultural consulting will provide general and technical information, current research data, and practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues.

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/pdfs/2015FREP-WPHA-%20ConfMailer.pdf


October 20, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Collaborative Work Group

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Continue developing the proposal for GSA formation.

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


October 16-18, 2016

California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) Annual Conference

Location: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

 The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California-EPA licensed Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. The theme of this year’s Annual Conference is “Feeding a Nation, Fighting the Fear”.

http://capca.com/conference/


October 14, 2016

Salinas Valley Sustainable Groundwater Agency (GSA) Collaborative Work Group

Location: Ag Center Conference Room, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Continue developing the proposal for GSA formation.

http://www.salinasgroundwater.org/


October 5, 2016

The Use of Geophysical Methods for Groundwater Evaluation and Management, Rosemary Knight, Stanford University

Sponsored by Supervisor Frank Mecham, District 1, San Luis Obispo, CA

Over the past ten years, the Groundwater Evaluation Management Centerhas partnered with water districts and agencies to explore and demonstrate novel ways of acquiring, processing, and analyzing geophysical data to obtain information about groundwater systems. Three examples will be presented.