2016 Early Program

The 2016 program is continuing to grow and develop. Check back for updates and additions.

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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.

Remote Sensing

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.


Confirmed Speakers

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