Specialty Crops School July 30-Aug. 1, Visalia
Specialty crops in the global marketplace, traceability, precision practice, and critical information on minor use registrations are topics which will highlight the inaugural Specialty Crops School July 30-Aug. 1 in Visalia, Calif.
This in-depth short course on select fruit, nut, and vegetable crops will feature nationally-known experts on specialty crop production, integrated pest management, marketing, and business practices.
Mechel Paggi, agricultural economist and director of the Center for Agribusiness at Fresno State University will deliver the framework for economics, risk, and opportunities in specialty crops.
Caroline Stringer, a senior specialist in global technical and regulatory affairs for the Almond Board of California, will present an overview of the trade group’s success in cutting edge research and worldwide almond marketing programs.
Cliff Ohmart, vice-president of professional services with SureHarvest, will discuss the differences in organic, sustainable, and conventional production, and what customers are asking for now and in the future.
Other speakers include Larry Schwankl, statewide irrigation specialist for UC Davis. Water quality consultant Kay Mercer of KMI will discuss on farm nutrient management and emerging regulations on fertilizer use.
Also to speak include Margaret Reiff, environmental scientist with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Rebecca Sisco with the IR-4 Western Region at UC Davis will explain the minor use registration program which is vital to the success of specialty crop production.
Specialty Crops School, organized by Tulare-based AgBusiness Resources, will be held at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, Calif. 9329.
Field trips will include local farms, processing facilities, packinghouses, and research centers.
Tuition is $1,900 per person which includes printed materials, resource information, transportation, refreshments, and lunches.
Class size is limited. Early registration is recommended.
For the curriculum and to register, go to ww.specialtycropschool.com.
303 E. Acequia Ave.