Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18-19, San Luis Obispo
Nov. 18-19 are the dates for the 9thannual Sustainable Ag Expo at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The event provides an opportunity for farmers, professionals, and pest control advisors representing a variety of operations to learn about the latest in agricultural research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture.
This two-day educational meeting will provide 10 or more Continuing Education Credits, an innovative trade show, and an exhibitor showcase.
The keynote speaker is Director Brian Leahy of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
Monday, Nov. 18
Agriculture Impacts on Groundwater Nitrate (General Session) - Understanding the nitrogen cycle and proper budgeting of nitrogen fertilization in dynamic cropping systems is essential for reducing nonpoint source pollution of nitrates in groundwater. Seasonal nitrogen management practices can have lasting impacts on aquifer sustainability.
Balancing Water Resources in Expanding Communities (General Session) - Competition for water resources by irrigated farmland and developing communities is inevitable as the number of land owners and farm acres grows. Balancing finite water resources is essential to the long term sustainability of farms, the surrounding communities, and the local economy.
Laws and Regulations (Breakout Session) - Crop advisors and farm managers will learn about the latest laws and regulations.
Time Tested Topsoil - Ag Roads and Slopes (Breakout Session) - Controlling erosion and maintaining your topsoil are an essential part of a healthy, productive farm. Growers will learn about design strategies and management practices to reduce the loss of topsoil and prevent costly repairs to roadways and cropland.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Keynote Speaker – Director Brian Leahy, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Managing Resistance by Pests, Diseases, and Weeds (General Session) - The development of chemical resistance to insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides by pests, diseases, and weed species is a continuous challenge in agriculture.
Grape Pests & Disease Management Updates (Breakout Session) - Devoted to the latest developments in pest and disease management for vineyards.
Rethinking Crop "Waste" (Breakout Session) - Reducing and re-purposing of crop waste from farms is a challenge with any crop. Many businesses are learning how to turn crop waste into value added products.
Holistic Management Practices for Orchards and Vineyards (General Session)
The need for labor saving cultural practices and use of on-farm resources has driven many innovative growers to integrate animals into their orchard and vineyard systems. The holistic management session will include concepts of integrating animals into orchard and vineyard systems, including practical experience from top industry experts and farm managers.
For more information, visit www.sustainableagexpo.org or call (805) 466-2288.
San Luis Obispo, California