This is an archive of seminars covering a variety of topics — including issues related to the agricultural industry and, more specifically, the California avocado industry. 

July, 2020

Webinar: Practical Implementation of COVID-19 Prevention Measures

Western Growers is hosting a webinar for members of the agricultural industry that addresses how produce farms and facilities can practically implement COVID-19 prevention and control measures. The webinars include presentations from UC Davis, Rutgers University and Colorado State University experts. Please contact Cory Lunde at or 949.370.8560 to register for the third webinar.

09 Jul

June, 2020

CAS Virtual Seminar: Avocado Varieties, Rootstocks and Root Rot Updates

The California Avocado Society is hosting a free virtual seminar concerning avocado rootstocks and root rot. Mary Lu Arpaia and Eric Focht, of UC-Riverside, will discuss the horticultural characteristics of Hass-like avocado rootstock varieties. Patricia Manosalva, of UC-Riverside, will share updates concerning the avocado rootstock breeding program and the efficacy of root rot chemicals.

Registration for the virtual seminar is available online.

10 Jun
9:00am - 11:00am
Virtual Seminar

May, 2020

Produce Safety Rule Grower Training — REMOTE Sessions

The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule (PSR) continues and mandates that every produce farm must have an employed individual who has completed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PSR Grower Training course. Due to current shelter-in-place orders the FDA has temporarily approved PSR remote training options. 

28 May
8:00am - 5:00pm
Zoom meeting
14 May
8:00am - 5:00pm
Zoom meeting

UCCE Climate Action and Agriculture Soil Health Webinar

The UCCE – San Diego is hosting a free Climate Action and Agriculture Symposium webinar focused on soil health. Registration is required.

21 May
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Webinar - registration required

UCCE Ag Experts Talk: Invasive Shot Hole Borer and Avocado

This webinar will be led by Dr. Akif Eskalen, Plant Pathology Specialist at UCCE. Topics will include:

20 May

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Application Assistance Webinar

Through the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP) the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $16 billion in direct support for agricultural producers experiencing losses due to COVID-19. To aid CFAP applicants, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Farm Service Agency will host a webinar covering the CFAP application process and required forms and documentation.

Online registration for the webinar is available.

14 May

April, 2020

Virtual Grove Walk: Nutrient Management

Please join California Avocado Commission board member and secretary Jason Cole for a virtual grove walk with Dr. Danny Klittich, Agronomist with Redox. They will walk one of Jason Cole's groves and discuss changes he has made to his fertilizer program. They will discuss the benefits of the grove's fertility program and how to address struggling blocks, decrease fruit drop, and push up size curves.  Online registration for the webinar is available now

28 Apr

Farming During COVID-19: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis

This free three-part webinar series is designed to help farmers learn from one another, as well as subject matter experts. The topics will be determined by the participants.

15 Apr
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Online Webinar

CDFA & CAFB Webinar: Learn How to Donate Farm Products

The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Association of Food Banks are hosting a webinar to discuss resources and funding to support farm donations to food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting resources that may be available to growers include assistance with picking and pack-out costs, transportation of the product, and possible recouping of some product costs.

08 Apr
10:00am - 11:00am