Vegetable Research & Information Center, UC Cooperative Extension

2005 UC Vegetable Crops Continuing Conference

November 30 - December 2, 2005
UC Davis Campus
University Club Conference Center

Click here for a map to the conference center.

This annual in-service conference for University personnel with vegetable crops responsibilities is held at UC Davis.

Conference and travel expenses will be paid by ANR workgroup funds. Please register for the conference so we will know many people to expect.

For more information, contact the Vegetable Research and Information Center at (530) 752-1748 or vric@ucdavis.edu.

Download Agenda (pdf)

The presentations available to download as PowerPoint (ppt) or PDF files are marked as links in the agenda below.

AGENDA

Wednesday, November 30
General Session
University Club Conference Center
Lounge

9:30

Registration, coffee & light refreshments

10:00

Welcome - Don Nevins, Director VRIC

10:10

Introduction of new vegetable crop farm advisors
Moderated by Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops & Weed Science Farm Advisor, Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz Counties

  • Brenna Aegerter, Vegetable Crops and Water Quality, San Joaquin County
  • Rick Bottoms, Vegetable Crops/Research Station Superintendent, Imperial County
  • Vegetable Crops and Strawberry Advisor, Santa Barbara County

10:30

Farm Advisor/Faculty Updates

Moderated by Jan Mickler, Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County

12:00

Lunch

1:00

Carbon sequestration

Moderated by Jeff Mitchell, Vegetable Crops Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Center

  • Potential for and management issues of carbon sequestration in California agricultural soils
    Jeff Mitchell, Vegetable Crops Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Center; Johan Six (pdf), Soil Scientist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis; and Louise Jackson (ppt), Associate Professor, Associate Plant Physiologist & Associate Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
  • Estimating costs and benefits of carbon sequestration: An introduction to the LUS analysis framework and case studies from California’s Central Valley
    Steve Vosti, Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Davis

3:00

Break

3:30

Organic Agriculture

Moderated by Richard Smith

  • Update on Organic Agriculture Short Courses in 2005 and Organic Vegetable Production Manual
    Milt McGiffen, Vegetable Crops, Weed Science & Sustainable Agriculture Specialist and Plant Physiologist, UC Riverside
  • Changes in Organic Acreage (ppt)
    Karen Klonsky , Farm Management Specialist, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Davis
  • Cost of Production (pdf)
    Laura Tourte, Farm Management & Small Farms Farm Advisor, Santa Cruz County

5:00

Adjourn

6:00 - 8:00

VRIC Steering Committee Dinner Meeting

 

Thursday, December 1
General Session
University Club Conference Center
Clubroom 1 & 2

8:00

Registration, coffee & light refreshments

8:05

Discussion of Staffing issues, changing roles of farm advisors

Moderated by Tim Hartz, Vegetable Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

A wide-range discussion covering the following topics:

  • workgroup structure and function
  • determining/supporting future staffing needs
  • wisdom of multiple responsibility/cross-county assignments
  • strengthening Farm Advisor relationships with UC Davis Dept. of Plant Sciences
  • developing/updating web-based educational materials
  • need for statewide educational programming

Joining the discussion will be:

Rick Standiford (ppt), ANR Associate Vice President

Chris Van Kessel, Department Chair, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Beth Mitcham (ppt), Horticultural Section Chair, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis


9:30

Break

10:00

Pest Management Session

Moderated by Tom Turini, Farm Advisor, Imperial County

  • Basics of Molecular Tools and Techniques Used in Plant Pathology Research
    Mike Davis, Plant Pathologist, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis (11:00-12:00)

12:00

Lunch - Lounge

Processing Tomato Workgroup meeting - Clubroom
Chair: Jan Mickler

1:00

Water Quality Session

Moderated by Michael Cahn, Irrigation & Water Quality Farm Advisor, Monterey County

  • Agriculture Education Programs for Irrigated Lands Waiver Personnel - Opportunities for Cooperative Extension
    Steve Kaffka, Agronomy Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
  • Results from the SAFS Project on Water Quality
    Willie Horwath, Professor, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

2:00

Certifications

Moderated by Karen Klonsky Farm Management Specialist, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Davis and Gene Miyao, Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, Yolo, Solano & Sacramento Counties

  • SYSCO Agriculture Programs
    Shane Sampels, Director Quality Assurance, Produce, Frozen Fruit & Vegetables, Manufactured Grocery and Beverage

3:00

Break

3:30

Statistical resources available to UC personnel

Moderated by Gene Miyao, Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, Yolo, Solano & Sacramento Counties

  • Services Available, Procedures and Costs (ppt) (15 min.)
    Neil Willits, Senior Statistician, Dept. of Statistics, UC Davis

  • Life after the Stats Workgroup: What worked, what didn't and identification of lingering needs (25 min.)
    Richard Plant, Professor & Quantitative Analyst, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

  • Financing the Need: A work in progress? (20 min.)
    Maxwell Norton, Program Leader, Agricultural Productivity, DANR

4:30

Adjourn

5:00

Set up posters; social time

6:00

Dinner - Lounge

Dinner Speaker

  • Slides and Discussion of Trips to China and Azerbaijan Examining Vegetable Production
    Mike Murray, Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, Sutter-Yuba Counties

 

Friday, December 2
Workgroup Meetings
University Club Conference Center
Clubroom 1 & 2, Lounge

8:00 Coffee & light refreshments
8:30 Potato & Allium Workgroup meeting
Chairs: Harry Carlson & Grant Poole
 
10:00 Break
10:30 Warm Season Vegetables Workgroup meeting
Chair: Michelle Le Strange
Cool Season Vegetables Workgroup meeting
Chair: Richard Smith
12:00 Lunch
12:30
1:00    
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00 Adjourn

 

Please check the list of workgroup members for your name. If there are any changes or additions please email vric@ucdavis.edu.


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