The California Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA) and the Organic Fertilizer Association of California (OFAC) are sponsoring a seminar on organic farming seminar Aug. 18 at International Agri-Center’s Social Hall in Tulare, Calif. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The first speaker is at 8.

The seminar will focus on organic production issues and the role of crop advisers in providing advice and products to growers producing certified organic crops. It will feature expert speakers on various organic production topics and panel of organic growers discussing the role of crop advisers in their operations.

The program is aimed at crop consultants, organic input suppliers/retailers, and organic growers. CEU hours will be offered for PCAs and CCAs. Subjects to be covered include: Organic and Weed Control, Food Safety for Organic Farmers, Organic Sources of Fertilizer, Soil and Cover Crop Management, Micronutrient Use in Disease Control, and other topics.

A special feature will be a grower panel with Tom Willey – T & D Willey Farms; Vernon Peterson – The Peterson Family; and Gerry Davis – Crystal Organics/Grimmway, discussing the challenges of fertility and pest control in certified organic production.

“We are pleased to continue our successful seminar series in Tulare and present practical organic production information for both farmers and consultants”, said Doug Graham, chairman of OFAC and a CCA.

Sponsors of the event include: Acadian Seaplants, Bio-Gro, Certis, Converted Organics, Foster Farms, H.J. Baker/Tiger Sul, Monterey Ag Resources, Natural Industries, New Era Farm Service, Rincon Vitova, and Westbridge Ag Products. There also will be table top exhibits by the sponsors and other companies including Agra Quest, California Organic Fertilizers, Great Pacific Bioproducts, Grow More, Marrone Bio Innovations, Mycorrhizal Applications, Oro Agri and Recology.

Registration information is available at www.organicfertilizerassociation.org or by contacting Steve Beckley at (916) 539-4107 or sbeckley@aol.com.