Agriculture Partners Host Fresno Outreach Conference for Latino Growers

Taylor HillmanGeneral

County of Napa inspectors looking for European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) early in 2009, before growers became aware of how big the infestation was. The damage in the Wicker vineyard and several others indicated the level of damage vineyards can anticipate if the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) does not take action against this pest. Photo courtesy of the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has teamed up with the USDA to host a first-of-its-kind Growing Together conference in Spanish tailored for Latino farmers and ranchers statewide.

The conference is open to all farmers and ranchers, yet is uniquely tailored towards Spanish speaking growers. The program will be translated into English, with translation headsets.

Five different workshops will follow an opening keynote address. The courses will be held in three 90-minute blocks. This allows each attendee to choose three different subjects of interest throughout the day. The workshops are: Access to Financing and USDA Resources; Managing Nitrogen Levels and Soil Health; Efficient Use of Water; Managing Good Bugs, Bad Bugs and Weeds; and Marketing. The conference will conclude with a farmer panel and an evening networking reception.

Who: Approximately 200 Hispanic farmers and ranchers have already registered to attend.

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. noon.

Where: Radisson Conference Center. 1055 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, Calif., 93721.

Why: Hispanic farmers and ranchers are a dynamic growing demographic in California, and this conference aims to help Latino growers share, learn and grow in their native language.