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Organic Agriculture Workshop

November 7, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will be hosting an Organic Agriculture Workshop at the UCCE Sutter-Yuba Office in Yuba City on November 7th, 2023. The event will include presentations on a range of topics relevant to organic growers in the region.  Registration will begin at 8:30am followed by the program at 9am.

This event brings together UC Cooperative Extension experts on a variety of topics including weed and pest management, livestock integration, and organic nitrogen management.  Cropping system specific talks will also be included. “This workshop will cover topics specific to organic growers in the Sacramento Valley—there will be something for everyone including annual crop and orchard growers,” says Sarah Light, Agronomy Advisor.

A couple of relevant statewide issues will also be addressed including the recently founded UC Organic Agriculture Institute. “This event will include an update on the new Sustainable Pest Management Plan, which will have major impacts for California farms,” says Whitney Brim-Deforest, Rice Advisor in the region. Joji Muramoto, statewide Cooperative Extension Organic Production Specialist at UC Santa Cruz is a co-host of this event and will be presenting on Integrated Soil Health Management for Plant Health in Organic Production. “We hope that organic growers and growers interested in organic production will attend,” says Dr. Muramoto.

DPR and CCA credit requested, and INMP approved.

The event is free and lunch is provided but registration is required. Registration and agenda can be found here: https://ucanr.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_428CIixyI1ZIwv4

If you have any questions please call the UCCE Sutter-Yuba office (822-7515) or e-mail Sarah Light at selight@ucanr.edu


8:30-9:00 Registration: Coffee and light snack

9:00-9:05 Introduction; Sarah Light, Agronomy Farm Advisor, Sutter and Yuba Counties

9:05-9:35 Organic Rice Production: Pest Management; Whitney Brim-Deforest, County Director, Sutter and Yuba Counties and CE Rice and Wild Rice Advisor

9:35-10:05 Growing Organic Almonds in the Sacramento Valley; Franz Niederholzer, Orchard Systems Farm Advisor UCCE Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties

10:05-10:35 Integrating Livestock into Organic Cropping Systems; Dan Macon, County Director, Placer and Nevada Counties and Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

10:35-11:05 Cover Cropping and Weed Management: Considerations
Sarah Light, Agronomy Farm Advisor, Sutter and Yuba Counties

11:05-11:20 UC Organic Agriculture Institute – Background and Current Activities
Krista Marshall, UC Organic Agriculture Institute

11:20-11:40 Organic Nitrogen Management in Annual Cropping Systems
Patricia Lazicki, Vegetable Crops Advisor. Yolo, Solano and Sacramento

11:40-12:00 Integrated Soil Health Management for Plant Health in Organic Production
Joji Muramoto, CE Organic Production Specialist, UC Santa Cruz

12:00-12:20 Accelerating Sustainable Pest Management: What does the new DPR roadmap mean for organic farmers?; Margaret Lloyd, Organic Agriculture and Small Farms Advisor, Yolo, Solano and Sacramento Counties

12:20-1:30 Lunch

1:30 Adjourn


November 7, 2023
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


Sarah Light


142 Garden Highway, Yuba City
142 Garden Highway
Yuba City, CA 95991 United States
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