OFAC Begins Educational Seminar Series in Salinas

Brian German General

The Organic Fertilizer Association of California (OFAC) is starting their educational seminar series for 2019 beginning on Tuesday, May 7 at the Salinas Sports Complex.  The educational workshop offers growers and industry professionals an opportunity to hear informational presentations on a range of topics.

educational seminar series“We have a variety of speakers attending the seminar including the Monterey County Ag Commissioner, giving an update on Monterey County ag; we have pest management in cannabis production,” said OFAC spokesperson Miranda Driver.  “We’re going to have a bunch of exhibitor demonstrations as well as a grower panel.”

Vegetable Crop Production and Weed Science advisor for UCCE Monterey County, Richard Smith will also be discussing weed control practices in organic vegetable production at the Salinas workshop.  Other presentations will feature information on soil health and humics in organic production, as well as sulfur use in organic production and foliar application methods.  Several hours of continuing education units will also be available for both Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

“Anyone who attends the seminar will be able to obtain potentially four hours for DPR.  One with Laws and Regulations and three in the Other category,” Driver noted.  “We also have six hours for CCA license holders.  One-and-half-hours in Nutrient Management, a half-hour in Soil and Water Management, another half-hour in Integrated Pest Management, an hour-and-a-half in Crop Management, a half-hour in Professional Development, and an hour-and-a-half in Sustainability.”

OFAC formed in 2007, representing organic fertilizer producers, distributors, and retailers.  The association works with local Farm Advisors, Extension Agents and Ag Commissioners in organizing each workshop to ensure every event is relevant to growers in that region.  Future installments of the educational seminar series are scheduled for Oxnard, Fresno, Tulare and Yuba City.  More information about the upcoming events is available through the OFAC website.

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