Below is a collection of upcoming seminars that cover a variety of topics pertainining to the California avocado industry and the agricultural industry at large. 

January, 2019

FSMA Produce Safety Training — Oxnard (English session)

The Farm Employers Labor Service is offering a full-day training session that meets the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety training for growers. The trainers will cover the following topics:

17 Jan
8:00am - 5:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, 600 East Esplanade
Oxnard , CA

CDFA Healthy Soils Grants and State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program Workshop — Ventura County

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offers Healthy Soils Incentives Program grants that provide farmers with up to $75,000 to implement on-farm conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health. The State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program (SWEEP) reimburses agricultural operations for projects that reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The deadline for both programs is March 8, 2019. The first hour of the seminar concerns SWEEP grants; the second hour concerns HSP.

18 Jan
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Active Adult and Community Center, 533 Santa Clara St.
Fillmore , CA
22 Jan
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St.
Ojai , CA
24 Jan
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ventura County RCD Office, 3380 Somis Rd.
Somis , CA
28 Jan
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxnard Public Library Meeting Room B, 251 South A St.
Oxnard , CA

CDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program Grant Application Workshop — San Diego

The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego is hosting two workshops concerning how to apply for Healthy Soils Incentives Program grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

23 Jan
10:00am
San Diego Farm Bureau, 420 South Broadway, Ste 200
Escondido , CA

Herbicide Sprayer Calibration Workshop

The University of California Cooperative Extension — San Diego workshop includes a two-hour hands-on calibration training session with various types of spray equipment (spray guns and backpack sprayers), as well as two hours of classroom instruction about the basics of calibration, laws and regulations. The hosts will supply equipment for the practice sessions, but attendees are welcome to bring their own equipment as long as it is triple rinsed and clean inside and out. The fee for the workshop is $40 and includes lunch. 

30 Jan
9:30am - 3:00pm
UCCE San Diego Office, 9335 Hazard Way, Suite 201
San Diego , CA

February, 2019

Produce Safety Alliance Training for Avocado Growers and Related Industry Members

To help avocado growers and related industry members comply with the mandatory Produce Safety Alliance training, CAC, in partnership with California avocado handlers, has scheduled two Produce Safety Alliance trainings exclusively for California avocado growers for a very modest fee of $35 (fee includes refreshments, lunch, training materials, and the official training certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials).

05 Feb
8:00am - 5:00pm
Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Highway 395
Fallbrook , CA
07 Feb
8:00am - 5:00pm
Museum of Ventura County at 100 E. Main Street
Ventura , CA

CAS Seminar: Mulch, Phytophthora and Gibberellic Acid in California Avocado Groves

Dr. Ben Faber, Dr. Tim Spann and Dr. Carol Lovatt will deliver presentations at the seminars concerning mulch, phytophthora and the use of gibberellic acid plant growth regulator.

05 Feb
1:00pm - 3:00pm
SLO Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place
San Luis Obispo , CA
06 Feb
9:00am - 11:00am
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Drive
Ventura , CA
07 Feb
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Room, 990 East Mission Road
Fallbrook , CA

CDFA HEALTHY SOILS GRANTS AND STATE WATER EFFICIENCY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM WORKSHOP — San Luis Obispo COUNTY

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offers Healthy Soils Incentives Program grants that provide farmers with up to $75,000 to implement on-farm conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health. The State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program (SWEEP) reimburses agricultural operations for projects that reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The deadline for both programs is March 8, 2019. The first part of the seminar (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) covers HSP. The second portion (11:30 a.m.

06 Feb
9:00am - 1:30pm
SLO County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place
San Luis Obispo , CA

FSMA Produce Safety Training — Fallbrook (English session)

The Farm Employers Labor Service is offering a full-day training session that meets the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety training for growers. The trainers will cover the following topics:

21 Feb
8:00am - 5:00pm
Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Hwy. 395
Fallbrook , CA

FSMA Produce Safety Training — Escondido (English session)

The Farm Employers Labor Service is offering a full-day training session that meets the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety training for growers. The trainers will cover the following topics:

22 Feb
8:00am - 5:00pm
San Diego CFB, 420 S. Broadway
Escondido , CA

March, 2019

FSMA Produce Safety Training — Oxnard (Spanish session)

The Farm Employers Labor Service is offering a full-day training session that meets the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety training for growers. The trainers will cover the following topics:

13 Mar
8:00am - 5:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, 600 East Esplanade
Oxnard , CA

April, 2019

CAS Seminar: Field Day with Pest and Disease

More information to come.

09 Apr
1:00pm - 3:00pm
TBD
10 Apr
9:00am - 11:00am
TBD
11 Apr
12:30pm - 2:30pm
TBD

FSMA Produce Safety Training — Escondido (Spanish session)

The Farm Employers Labor Service is offering a full-day training session that meets the required U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Produce Safety training for growers. The trainers will cover the following topics:

24 Apr
8:00am - 5:00pm
San Diego CFB, 420 S. Broadway
Escondido , CA

June, 2019

CAS Seminar: Vertebrate Management

Niamh Quinn, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor will provide vertebrate management best practices.

11 Jun
1:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way
San Luis Obispo , CA
12 Jun
9:00am - 11:00am
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Dr.
Ventura , CA
13 Jun
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Rm., 990 East Mission Rd.
Fallbrook , CA