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. 

October, 2020

California Avocado Society 105th Annual Meeting

The 105th California Avocado Society Annual Meeting will take place virtually and include live presentations and a question and answer session. Presenters will discuss the following topics:

21 Oct
Virtual Meeting

September, 2020

Avocado Branch Canker Disease Virtual Field Day

The California Avocado Commission will host a virtual field day concerning Avocado Branch Canker disease that will consist of two 30-minute presentations by Dr. Themis Michailides, University of California Kearney Agricultural Center and Dr. Liz Dann, University of Queensland, followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration for the virtual event is now open.

17 Sep
3:30pm - 5:00pm

UC Ag Experts Talk — What’s In Your Orchard: Protecting California from Invasive Species

The free webinar, led by Dr. Mark Hoddle, will examine invasive pests and proactive biocontrols.

09 Sep
3:00pm - 4:00pm

August, 2020

Avocado Weed Management and Biostimulants in Agriculture

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), in partnership with the California Avocado Commission and the California Avocado Society, will present a free Avocado Weed Management and Biostimulants in Agriculture webinar. 

Dr. Sonia Rios, UCCE Farm Advisor, will discuss:

  • How to identify weeds
  • Various weed control methods
  • Chemical alternatives for lost glyphosate and how to use them
  • New products

Dr. Ben Faber, Subtropcial Crops Advisor from Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties, will discuss:

12 Aug
9:00am - 11:00am

CA State Board of Food and Agriculture — COVID-19 Responses and Food Assistance Programs

The California State Board of Food and Agricultural is hosting a webinar concerning actions taken by farmers and ranchers to protect farmworkers during COVID-19. 

04 Aug
10:00am - 12:30pm

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

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