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February 2017 Announcements

2017 is off to a roaring start and we are happy to announce several events that we will be hosting as part of an on-going soil health initiative we are undertaking this year. First, if you are local, please join us this Thursday at 11 am for a talk by Dr. Louise Jackson of UC Davis (#1 below) on ‘Water, Climate and California Agriculture: A Role for Agroecology.’ Further below, there are several ‘save the date’ links on coming lectures and workshops on organic agriculture, carbon farm planning and on the soil foodweb with microbiologist,
Dr. ELAINE INGHAM! In May, we will be hosting two on-farm soil health workshops – one in SLO on May 5 and one in Turlock on May 25. Both will be morning tailgates with leading researchers and soil scientists; further details on those will be announced shortly. We hope to see you at some of these exciting offerings!
Please scroll down below the list of hyperlinks to see event descriptions with additional information for each item.

Center & Cal Poly
1. ‘WATER, CLIMATE AND CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE’ w/ Dr. Louise Jackson: 2/9
2. ‘STATE OF ORGANICS’ Panel at Cal Poly: 3/2
3. CARBON FARM PLANNING Workshop in Santa Cruz County: 4/12
4. Dr. Elaine Ingham presenting SOIL FOODWEB Workshop in SLO County: 4/21
5. Cal Poly Reception at WORLD AG EXPO, Tulare: 2/15
6. CHANGE THE STATUS QUO: 2/17-18
7. CRFG Annual SCION EXCHANGE and Grafting Party: 2/18

San Luis Obispo & Region
8. SLOW MONEY SLO Winter Gathering: 2/7
9. Edible and MEDICINAL PLANTS of SLO County: 2/17
10. LIVING WITH SUCCULENTS, SLO Master Gardeners: 2/18
11. 2017 Irrigation and NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Mtg, UCCE Monterey: 2/23

California
12. CDFA Farm Bill Listening Sessions: 2/7 – 2/23
13. FOOD SYSTEM 6 Impact + Innovation + Investment Forum, SF: 2/9
14. HERBICIDE RESISTANCE Listening Session at World Ag Expo, Tulare: 2/15
15. CA FarmLink PLANNING FOR SUCCESSION, Half Moon Bay: 2/16
16. 4th Annual GUILD RAISING, Forestville: 2/18 
17. California CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE Summit 2017, Davis: 2/28 – 3/1
18. COMPOST OPERATION Training Course, Pomona: 3/6-10
19. California FARM TO SCHOOL Conference, Modesto: 3/27-29

Online
20. SWEEP Informational Webinar: 2/10
21. Challenges and Opportunities for Soil Mngmt in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: 2/14
22. Integrated CLUBROOT MANAGEMENT Strategies for Brassica Crops: 2/15

Opportunities
23. California Higher Ed SUSTAINABILITY CONF. (CHESC) Speaking and Poster Proposals: 2/10
24. CAFF seeking FOOD SAFETY Regional Lead, San Luis Obispo: 2/15
25. UC DAVIS STUDENT FARM seeking new director: 2/21
26. CalRecycle ORGANICS Grant Program question period ends: 2/23
27. NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program pre-proposals: 4/21

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Center & Cal Poly

1. ‘WATER, CLIMATE AND CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE’ w/ Dr. Louise Jackson: 2/9
Dr. Louise Jackson of the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at UC Davis will be our featured speaker for the Center’s Sustainable Ag Lecture Series on Thursday, February 9th from 11am - 12pm in Baker Science Bldg 180 – Rm 101. She will give a talk entitled: ‘Water, Climate and California Agriculture: A Role for Agroecology.’ Dr. Jackson’s lab has studied soil and root ecology across agricultural landscapes, and has been involved in social-ecological projects on agricultural adaptation to climate change. She has served on the CDFA Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, and Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference Committees.
http://cfs.calpoly.edu/sustainable_ag_lecture_series.html

2. ‘STATE OF ORGANICS’ Panel at Cal Poly: 3/2
On Thursday, March 2 from 4 - 6 pm we will host a panel of industry leaders who will share their perspectives on the evolution of the organic marketplace, including its origins, successes, challenges, regulation and current trends. The event will take place on campus in Bldg 7 - Room 2 (ATL Keck Lab across from the main library). Tonya Antle of the Organic Produce Network, Bob Borda of Cal-Organic Farms, Tom Chapman of Clif Bar and Rachel Molatore of Taylor Farms are our special guest presenters. Discussion will follow. Free and open to the public. For details, please visit:
http://cfs.calpoly.edu/organic2017.html

3. CARBON FARM PLANNING Workshop in Santa Cruz County: 4/12
Learn the principles of carbon farming and how to develop and implement a Carbon Farm Plan at Cal Poly’s beautiful Swanton Pacific Ranch on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 8:30 am - 5 pm (in Davenport, CA). This interactive workshop will feature Dr. Jeff Creque of Marin Carbon and the Carbon Cycle Institute. Carbon farming combines cutting-edge agricultural practices with the tools of ecological design to build healthy soil and profitable farms and ranches. A Carbon Farm Plan evaluates and quantifies how on-farm practices can sequester carbon while providing other environmental co-benefits such as increased on-farm climate resilience, soil health, and farm productivity. Cost for the full-day workshop is: $75 and includes lunch. For details and to enroll, visit:
http://cfs.calpoly.edu/carbon_farm.html

4. Dr. Elaine Ingham to present on the SOIL FOODWEB in SLO County: 4/21
SAVE THE DATE for ‘Healthy Foodweb, Healthy Soils’! Join us for a one-of-a-kind workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s most renowned investigator of soil foodweb dynamics on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9 am - 5 pm in San Luis Obispo County (venue TBA). Dr. Ingham will cover the basic principles of the soil foodweb, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios in-depth. Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition and promotes agricultural health. Detailed agenda coming soon. A must for all who seek a comprehensive understanding of soil and plant health! Early bird registration is only $65 thanks to generous funding from USDA SARE, Miossi Trust and the Heller Foundation. Enroll through March 12th to receive early bird pricing. For details and to register, please visit: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilfoodweb.html

5. Cal Poly Reception at WORLD AG EXPO, Tulare: 2/15
Celebrate your Cal Poly connection at the World Ag Expo with alumni, students and friends. The Cal Poly Reception takes place on Wednesday, February 15th from 2-4 pm at the Conference Dining Room, International Agricenter, Tulare. For more about what’s happening in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), please visit: http://cafes.calpoly.edu/

6. CHANGE THE STATUS QUO: 2/17-18
The Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly hosts its 15th annual social justice conference, Change the Status Quo from February 17-18 on campus. The conference features workshops led by faculty, staff, students and community leaders who are committed to social justice and positive social change. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.deanofstudents.calpoly.edu/content/serviceinaction/csq/2017  

7. CRFG Annual SCION EXCHANGE and Grafting Party: 2/18
The California Rare Fruit Growers host their biggest event of the year, the Annual Scion Exchange on Saturday, February 18th at the Cal Poly Crops Unit, at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo. Everyone is invited; to donate your scions please arrive at 1 pm, doors open for the scion exchange at 1:30 pm. Grafting lessons will continue through the afternoon. For more information, please go to: http://www.crfg-central.org/scionExchange.html  

San Luis Obispo & Region

8. SLOW MONEY SLO Winter Gathering: 2/7
Slow Money SLO will hold their winter gathering on Tuesday, February 7th from 6 – 8 pm at the SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, where they will share their plans for 2017, hear from great local food entrepreneurs and sample their products. Featured entrepreneurs will be Karli from Best Ever Salsa, Chris from Tiber Canyon Olive Oil, and Alisha from Rock Front Ranch Jujubes. Food and drink samples will be available from Whalebird Kombucha, Kacey’s Cakes and Bliss Café. Participants will also learn how to make fruit leather at home. $5 suggested donation. For more information, please visit: http://slowmoneyslo.org/upcoming-events.html

9. Edible and MEDICINAL PLANTS of SLO County: 2/17
Take an in-depth look at the edible and medicinal plants of the Central Coast with Bay Area herbalist Tellur Fenner on Friday, February 17th at 6pm. Cost is $5 garden members/ $10 non-members, no reservations required. For more information about this and other upcoming events, please visit: http://slobg.org/

10. LIVING WITH SUCCULENTS, SLO Master Gardeners: 2/18
Join the SLO Master Gardeners every third Saturday from 10am – 12 noon for their Advice to Grow By workshops, taking place at 2156 Sierra Way, SLO. The topic for Saturday, February 18th is ‘Living with Succulents’ to be held in the UCCE Auditorium. Workshops are free, but seating is limited. For more information and to register, please go to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/ 

11. 2017 Irrigation and NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Mtg, UCCE Monterey: 2/23
The 2017 Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting takes place Thursday, February 23rd from 7:45 am – 12: 30 pm at the Agricultural Center, Salinas. Topics covered will include complying with water quality regulations, ET scheduling, evaluating crop nitrogen status, and more. For more information, please visit:  http://cesanluisobispo.ucanr.edu/?calitem=354644&g=20595

California

12. CDFA Farm Bill Listening Sessions: 2/7 – 2/23
CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is holding several public forums across the state seeking input from farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. For times and locations, please go to:  https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=17-004

13. FOOD SYSTEM 6 Impact + Innovation + Investment Forum, SF: 2/9
Food System 6 Accelerator will be showcasing entrepreneurs and exploring forces driving sustainable food system change at the Impact + Innovation + Investment Forum taking place Thursday, February 9th from 1 – 7 pm at the California Academy of Sciences, SF. For more information and tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-system-6-impact-innovation-investment-forum-tickets-30294207791   

14. HERBICIDE RESISTANCE Listening Session at World Ag Expo, Tulare: 2/15
As part of a national effort on developing research and regulatory priorities related to the challenging problems of herbicide-resistant weeds, the Weed Science Society of America is sponsoring a series of half-day regional workshop to discuss the issues, potential solutions, and technical and economic barriers related to resistant weeds. California, New Mexico and Arizona are combining to hold a facilitated half-day (morning) discussion session during the World Ag Expo. Perspectives from growers, commodity leaders, ag suppliers, pest control consultants, local/state/federal land managers, right-of-way managers, and others are sought. If interested in participating, please fill out the questionnaire at:  http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19241

15. CA FarmLink PLANNING FOR SUCCESSION, Half Moon Bay: 2/16
The long-term future of farms depends on families talking and planning together. California FarmLink invites farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, or non-family successors, to join them for a Planning for Succession workshop where they will offer insight on estate and tax planning, transfers of farm businesses and land, and goal-setting and communication strategies for families. The next workshop takes place Thursday, February 16th from 10 am – 2pm at the Historic Train Depot, Half Moon Bay. For more information, please visit:  http://www.californiafarmlink.org/events

16. 4th Annual GUILD RAISING, Forestville: 2/18 
California farmers, ranchers and local food advocates are invited to share skills, explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture and collectively forge a united voice on behalf of family farms. This year’s workshops will explore CSA’s in the age of produce box schemes, food safety rules, soil health and much more.  The 4th Annual Farmers Guild Raising takes place on Saturday, February 18th from 9 am – 5 pm followed immediately by an Agrarian Lovers Ball at Shone Farm, Forestville in Sonoma County. For more information, please go to: http://www.farmersguild.org/farmers-guild-raising-2017.html

17. California CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE Summit 2017, Davis: 2/28 – 3/1
The 5th California Climate and Agriculture Summit begins with a conference at UC Davis on Tuesday, February 28th, with keynote speakers Karen Ross (Secretary of CDFA) and Glenda Humiston (VP of UC-ANR). On Wednesday, March 1st, tour three innovative Yolo County farms using integrated farming practices to improve soil health, increase biodiversity and provide climate benefits. For more information and to register, please visit: http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-2017/

18. COMPOST OPERATION Training Course, Pomona: 3/6-10
The Compost Operation Training Course is designed for facility operators and managers and will include 40 hours of intense hands-on training, facility tours to view best practices, and participation with a community of compost facility operators who will become your go-to resources for life! The training takes place March 6-10 at Cal Poly Pomona. For more information, please go to: http://compostfoundation.org/Education/COTC

19. California FARM TO SCHOOL Conference, Modesto: 3/27-29
The California Farm to School and Garden Conference will be held March 27-29 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussion that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. For more information, please go to: http://www.cafarmtoschoolconference.org/

Online

20. SWEEP Informational Webinar: 2/10
The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce GHGs and save water on California agricultural operations. CDFA is now accepting grant applications for the 2017 SWEEP program, due March 14, and will be holding three workshops and one webinar to provide information on program requirements and application process. The SWEEP webinar takes place Friday, February 10th from 9-11am. To request a registration link, please send an email to grants@cdfa.ca.gov. More information about the grant application, workshops and webinar is available at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/

21. Challenges and Opps for Soil Mngmt in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitig: 2/14
California and The Netherlands are collaborating on climate smart agriculture efforts and will be holding a webinar on February 14th from 9-11am (PST) discussing challenges and opportunities for soil management in climate change adaptation and mitigation. To register and for more information please see the following link: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/climatesmartag/

22. Integrated CLUBROOT MANAGEMENT Strategies for Brassica Crops: 2/15
Clubroot is a major soilborne disease of brassica crops worldwide. This eOrganic webinar will explore prevention measures and management strategies to reduce crop damage, with particular attention on soil pH management through implementation of a clubroot liming program. The webinar begins at 11 am PT on Wednesday, February 15th. For more information and to register, please go to:  http://articles.extension.org/pages/74054/integrated-clubroot-management-strategies-for-brassica-crops  

Opportunities

23. California Higher Ed SUSTAINABILITY CONF. (CHESC) Speaking and Poster Proposals: 2/10
CHESC and host campus UC Santa Barbara invite you to submit a proposal to speak, nominate a campus for an award, or present a poster at this year’s conference, which will take place June 26 – June 29. CHESC highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. Deadline for speaking and poster proposals is February 10th at 5pm and for Best Practice Awards it is February 28th at 6pm. For more information, please go to: https://chesc.org/2017-conference/call-for-proposals/

24. CAFF seeking FOOD SAFETY Regional Lead, San Luis Obispo: 2/15
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is seeking a part-time Food Safety Regional Lead to provide regional food safety support to small and medium sized family farmers by organizing workshops, offering initial 1-on-1 technical assistance and then directing them to CAFF’s Food Safety Specialist, and assisting the CAFF Food Safety Specialist in the creation of new food safety resources. CAFF is looking for regional leads in three regions of the state: Fresno area, San Diego area, and San Luis Obispo area. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15th. To view the full job description and application procedures, please download: CAFF_FSRL.pdf 

25. UC DAVIS STUDENT FARM seeking new director: 2/21
The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the Student Farm as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the next review date of February 21st. For a full job description and application procedures, please go to: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01344

26. CalRecycle ORGANICS Grant Program question period ends: 2/23
Application deadline for the CalRecycle Organics Grant Program (ORG2) is Thursday, March 9th. CalRecycle has updated its Q&A webpage and will continue to do so until the end of the question and answer period. Please submit questions by Thursday, February 23rd. To view the CalRecycle Organics Grant Program’s Q&A page, please go to: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/GrantsLoans/Organics/FY201617/QandA.htm

27. NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program pre-proposals: 4/21
Deadline to submit pre-proposals for the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program is Friday, April 21. For more information, please go to: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/farmbill/rcpp/?cid=nrcseprd1309629

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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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