Once again, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) team up to hold “Fresh Approaches to Fertilizing Techniques,” a conference on Nov. 12-13, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel in Modesto, Calif. The event combines the 16th Annual FREP Conference with the WPHA Central Valley Regional Nutrient Seminar for an integrated agenda that spans two full days.

The conference program is geared toward a wide range of agriculturalists, including agricultural supply and service consultants and advisors, growers, university extension specialists, and local, state and national governmental agency personnel. A panel of speakers will show how groundbreaking fertilizer research can be integrated into agricultural practices. Presenters will provide general and technical information, current research data, and practical applications for each of four key agricultural topics:

“Managing Micro- and Macronutrients” (timing; sources; cost-effectiveness)

“Keeping Nutrients in Their Place” (deficiency to excessiveness)

“Understanding Organic Fertilizer” (basics; organic science; optimal use)

“Managing Nutrients of Regional Crops” (cherry; citrus; winegrapes; almond; pistachio; rice; alfalfa)

Certified crop adviser and pest control adviser continuing education units will be available.

Early conference registration, postmarked by Oct. 31, 2008, is $75 per day or $135 for both days; fees are waived for currently enrolled students. After Oct. 31, registration fees are $85 per day or $160 for both days; students’ fees are $10 per day.

Conference registration and additional information is available through the website: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/fflders/frep.html or by contacting:

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Fertilizer Research and Education Program

1220 “N” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

E-mail: frep@cdfa.ca.gov

Telephone: (916) 445-0444

Fax: (916) 445-2171

The CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program coordinates and funds research and projects that advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use and handling of fertilizer materials.

Western Plant Health Association represents the interests of fertilizer and crop protection manufacturers and retailers, as well as biotechnology providers in California, Arizona and Hawaii. WPHA promotes environmental stewardship and sound agronomic practices, effectively communicates industry issues, engages in legislative and regulatory affairs and facilitates member and industry relations.