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Nitrogen management forums planned in CA


May 16, 2012 – The University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) are hosting two nitrogen management forums in June 2012.

The first forum is being held June 12 at the CDFA Main Auditorium in Sacramento, CA. The second forum is being held June 18 at the UC Cooperative Extension Office in Tulare, CA.

Growers, dairy operators, agency representatives, agricultural commissioners, policymakers and other concerned community members are invited to attend. The events are free and open to the public although pre-registration is required.

It’s hoped the forums will help to provide an educational forum on nitrogen use and management in agriculture, provide a venue for discussion of the management of agricultural nitrogen and allow people to gain an understanding of how management of agricultural nitrogen is proceeding. There will also be discussion of the role of policy in nitrogen management, exploration of solutions to nitrate in groundwater and exploration of the need for additional research and education.

UC Cooperative Extension specialists will describe methods of managing nitrogen on dairies and cropland. Members of the agricultural industry and representatives of statewide and regional programs will discuss the practical aspects of adopting nitrogen management practices. To wrap up the sessions, a case study on the effects of policy on nutrient management in the Chesapeake Bay region in the Northeast will be presented.

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