The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy's 2006 Plant and Soil Conference Feb. 7-8, 2005 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Visalia, Calif., will offer a wide range of topics and more than eight hours of continuing education credit.

Breakout sessions will include pest management innovation, irrigation and nutrient management of permanent crops and annual crops; site selection and development for trees and vines and managing nutrients from dairy effluent.

The conference, entitled “Realities of Modern Agriculture” will open at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Mechel Paggi, director, Center for Agriculture Business, California State University, Fresno (CSUF) on “The Future of California Agriculture in a Global Context.”

Following Paggi in the opening sessions will be:

  • Agriculture Water: Factors Affecting Future Use, David Zoldoske, director, Center for Water Technology, CSUF.

  • Farm Land Protection Efforts in the Central Valley, Maxwell Norton, Program Director — Agricultural Productivity and Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Merced County.

Luncheon speaker will be Ken Cassman, University of Nebraska discussing “Global Agriculture by Intelligent Design.”

Concurrent sessions begin Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday. For a complete list of topics for those sessions and conference registration go to calasa.ucdavis.edu