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.

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.

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

Walter Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA- ARS, OSU

Tim Miles, Assistant Professor, CSU-Monterey Bay, Division of Science and Environmental Policy

Forest Melton, Senior Research Scientist, CSU-Monterey Bay/NASA Ames Research Center

Rob Stoll, Associate Professor, Computational and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab, University of Utah

Bo Liu, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly SLO, Dept. Bio Resources and Agricultural Engineering

Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Lucas Pope, Vineyard Manager, Halter Ranch Vineyards

Alan Wei, Owner/president, Agri-Analysis

Kendra Baumgartner, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA- ARS, UC Davis

Harvard Fong, Senior Industrial Hygienist, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Amy Wolfe, Executive Director, AgSafe

Lottie Martin, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, County of Santa Barbara

Greg O’Quest, Vineyard Manager, French Camp Vineyards  

Ken Giles, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Jonathan Kaplan, Professor, Department of Economics, CSU-Sacramento

Bob Martin, General Manager, Rio Farms