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San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Field Day: Monitoring Practices, Irrigation Tips, Pest & Disease Management
Thursday, April 17th 2014
10am-12:30pm
Rushing Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

Speakers:

Walt Bentley, UC Emeritus IPM Entomologist
In Season Monitoring Pest Pressures and Preserving Beneficial Populations

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Spring and Summer Disease Management

Gene Brandi, VP American Beekeeping Federation
Honey Bee Health Issues and Almond Pollination

Gurreet Brar, UCCE Fresno, Farm Advisor
Irrigation management in a drought year to minimize pest outbreaks and flare ups

Matthew Danielczyk, Audubon CA, Restoration Project Manager
Wildlife-Friendly Farming in Almond Orchards: Hedgerows, Pollinator Strips, and more

Credits:
2.0 CE credits applied for, 2.5 CCA CEU credits approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

2013 Cotton Farm Tour
Tuesday, October 29th 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 for a one-day Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. You'll meet the farmers, see cotton being harvested and learn about Cleaner Cotton™. You'll visit a perennial hedgerow, walk through a colored cotton field, tour a running cotton gin, join us for lunch and take home samples of cotton fiber. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of cotton cultivation and processing, addressing issues such as water use, cotton farming practices and the current state of the market for Cleaner Cotton™ fiber.

The tour and lunch are complimentary. There will be water and snacks on the bus.

 

Guests are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
Lodging: Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA 93622. We reserved rooms under the name "Sustainable Cotton Project- Cotton Farm Tour." The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for guests. Call 559-659-1444 to reserve your room.

The tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., at the Best Western Apricot Inn. Please gather in or just outside the lobby. The tour ends around 4-4:30p.m.

Please wear close-toed shoes for walking in fields, and bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent if you wish.

Note: This tour is geared for adults 18 and up.

Space on the tour is limited. To register for the tour, please follow this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG9P3G 

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Gibbs, SCP Director, at (530) 370-5325, or via email at marcia@sustainablecotton.org. Visit www.sustainablecotton.org to get more information about SCP.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!  

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

Cotton Picking Day
Wednesday, October 23rd 2013
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd to experience Central Valley culture and help us hand pick colored cotton at Windfall Farms with the farmers and SCP staff. The day will start at 9:30 am in a colored cotton field near Firebaugh. We will hand pick the colored bolls, pack them into bins and learn more about what happens to the fiber and how it grows.

Come prepared with a hat, gloves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. We will provide cotton, water, shade and a real life experience. We also will be offering lunch for a cost of $10 per person. You can choose to pay for lunch upon arrival, or bring your own.

Interested? Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP to Jenny MacDonald at jenny@sustainablecotton.org with how many people will be joining us and if you'd like us to provide lunch for you ($10/person).

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Cotton Field Day- Herbicide Resistance: Can it be lurking in your field and best management practices to prevent it
Wednesday, June 5th 2013
10am-12noon
McCurdy Farm, Hwy 33, Firebaugh

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UCCE Advisor, IPM
Cotton pest management update

Steve Wright, UCCE, Agronomy/Weed Science, Tulare
Herbicide resistance in your fields?

Dan Munk, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno
Cotton production risks in low water years

Dr. Bob Hutmacher, UC Cotton Extension Specialist
Update on Race 4 fusarium in cotton

Credits:
2.0 Hours CE Credits Applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From Firebaugh: Go South on Hwy 33 for about 5.5 miles toward Mendota. About 1.5 miles past W Shaw Ave you will see the old oil shop. Make a right (west) on the railroad crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Mendota: Take Hwy 33 North toward Firebaugh for about 1.5 miles. Make a left (west) at the old oil shop on the railroad
crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Pest & Crop Management Field Day
Thursday, May 2nd 2013
10am-12noon
LPGL Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

Bring your questions and any damaged nuts or leaf samples for help and identification.

Speakers:

Walt Bentley, UC IPM Kearney Ag Center, Almond Specialist
In Season Monitoring Pest Pressures and Preserving Beneficial Populations

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Almond Disease and Nutrient Management for the Spring and Early Summer

Credits:
2.0 Hours CE Credits Approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Alfalfa, Almond & Cotton Winter Meeting: Pest & Crop Mgmt, Water and more!
Wednesday, February 27th 2013
2:00-4:30pm
Andrew Firebaugh Community Center, 1655 13th St. Firebaugh

Win $$$ to Home Depot!
All attendees are entered into a raffle to win great prizes!

Speakers:

Key Pests and Control Strategies in Alfalfa, Almonds & Cotton
Dr. Larry Godfrey, UC Davis/UCCE, Entomologist
David Haviland, UCCE Kern Co. Farm Advisor, Entomologist
Dan Putnam, UC Davis/UCCE, Agronomist, Alfalfa Specialist

Bloom Time, Spring and Summer Disease Control for Almonds
David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist, Almond Advisor

Overview of Chlorpyrifos use in CA- Human Health & Environmental Concerns
Brian Leahy, CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation, Director

San Joaquin Valley Watershed Update
Chris Linneman, Westside SJV Watershed Coalition, Engineer

Credits:
CE credits: 1.0 Law & Regs, 1.5 Other
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

Cotton Picking Day
Wednesday, October 24th 2012
9:30am-3:30pm
Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 and help the farmers at Windfall Farms and the Sustainable Cotton Project pick cotton. The day will start at 9:30 am in the colored cotton field near Firebaugh. We will hand pick the colored bolls, pack them into bins and learn more about what happens to the fiber and how it grows.

Bring your lunch, water, hat, gloves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. We will provide cotton, drinks, fruit, cookies, shade and a real life experience.

Interested? RSVP to Jenny MacDonald at jenny@sustainablecotton.org and let her know that you want to try your hand at picking cotton.

If we get a good group of pickers, we will proceed with our plans.

 

Sign Up:
RSVP to jenny@sustainablecotton.org

Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

2012 Cotton Farm Tour
Friday, October 19th 2012
8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.
Bus Tour through San Joaquin Valley

Join us on Friday, October 19, 2012 for a one-day Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. You'll meet the farmers, see cotton being harvested and learn about Cleaner Cotton™. You'll visit a perennial hedgerow, walk through a colored cotton field, tour a running cotton gin, join us for lunch in the local park and take home samples of cotton fiber. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of cotton cultivation and processing, addressing issues such as water use, cotton farming practices, human health concerns, and the current state of the market for Cleaner Cotton™ fiber. 

The tour and lunch are complimentary. There will be water and snacks on the bus.

Guests are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Lodging: Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA 93622. We reserved rooms under the name "Sustainable Cotton Project- Cotton Farm Tour." The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for guests. Call 559-659-1444 to reserve your room.

The tour begins promptly at 8:30a.m., at the Best Western Apricot Inn. Please gather in or just outside the lobby. The tour ends around 4-5p.m.

Please wear close-toed shoes for walking in fields, and bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent if you wish.
 

Space on the tour is limited. To register for the tour, please follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG9P3G

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Gibbs, SCP Director, at (530) 370-5325, or via email at marcia@sustainablecotton.org.Visit www.sustainablecotton.org to get more information about SCP.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!  

 

Sign Up:
To register for the tour:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG9P3G

Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Alfalfa & Cotton Sustainable Farming Meeting
Tuesday, July 24th 2012
10am-12noon
Bowles Farming, Los Banos

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UCCE, Statewide IPM Advisor
Insect and pest status of alfalfa and cotton- managing the crop through mid-season

Dan Munk, UCCE Fresno, Farm Advisor
Status of cotton crop development and its impact on pest management

Dan Putnam, UCCE, UCD, Alfalfa Specialist
Current issues affecting IPM in alfalfa

Credits:
2.0 CE credits applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

Bowles Farming: intersection of Hereford Road & Bisignani Road, Los Banos
Follow the field day signs to meeting location on Bisignani Road

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Pest Management Field Day
Thursday, July 19th 2012
10am-12noon
Rushing Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

Speakers:

Walt Bentley, UC IPM Kearney Ag Center, Almond Specialist
Late Season Consideration for Insect and Mite Management in Almonds

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Post harvest practices to reduce disease & pest issues and increase tree productivity, managing water at harvest

Credits:
2.0 CE credits applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.