2016 Early Program
The 2016 program is continuing to grow and develop. Check back for updates and additions.
General and Breakout Session Highlights
The End of Farm Labor Abundance
Experts will present the latest information on the political, economic, and demographic factors that affect the future of the farm labor supply in the United States.
Next Steps in the Mechanization of California Agriculture
Growers from different crops will describe how they have mechanized some of their farming practices. Scientists and engineers will talk about the new technologies they are developing, giving us a peek into the future.
Detection of Fungal Diseases
Powdery mildew attacks many crops including both strawberries and grapes. Researchers have developed a technique for trapping powdery mildew spores in the field, detecting them in the lab, and testing them for resistance to FRAC 11 group fungicides.
Scientists and engineers are finding new ways of collecting, interpreting and applying Normalized Vegetative Density Index (NDVI) information to a variety of crops.
Keynote Speaker: Brian Leahy
As director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, Mr. Leahy oversees all the programs and regulations that govern the use of pesticides in California.
Update on the Red Blotch Virus and Grapevine Trunk Diseases
The prevalence and spread of Red Blotch virus and Grapevine Trunk Diseases will be discussed in the context of managing these diseases and limiting their economic impact.
Environmental Policy and Agriculture: Water Supply, Storm Water, and Green House Gasses
Policy makers and regulators from the state and regional level will give a briefing on the current status of laws and regulation affecting grower in the areas of sustainable groundwater management, storm water run-off, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Laws & Regs
Attendees will earn 3 hours of DPR Continuing Education in the “Laws & Regulations” category. Topics include personal protective equipment (PPE), changes to pesticide handler and worker protection standards, and the ag/urban interface.
Phillip Martin, Professor emeritis, UC Davis, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Diane Charlton, Assistant professor, Montana State University
Bob Martin, Rio Farms
Jim Stollberg, Maverick Farming
Gregg Hibbits, Mesa Vineyard Management
Walter Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA- ARS, OSU
Tim Miles, Assistant Professor, CSU-Monterey Bay, Division of Science and Environmental Policy
Rob Stoll, Associate Professor, Computational and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab, University of Utah
· Greg O’Quest, French Camp Vineyards
· Chris Peterson, Midwest Grower Supply
· Bob Martin, Rio Farms
· Bryan Wallingford, Mesa Vineyard Management
Forrest Melton, Senior Research Scientist, CSU-Monterey Bay/NASA Ames Research Center
Mark Horney, Cal Poly
Bo Liu, Cal Poly