Local Opportunities

Check this page for local educational opportunities hosted by the Lodi Winegrape Commission, universities, ag associations, and more. *ALWAYS* confirm event details with hosts!

To get your event posted, email the details in the format below to Dr. Stephanie Bolton, stephanie@lodiwine.com, with the subject line “New LodiGrowers.com Event.”

LODI WINE: MEET THE MAKER.

Date:  Friday, June 14, 2024

Time:  3:00 – 6:00pm

Venue:  Lodi Wine Visitor Center, 2545 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Description:  Meet and taste wines with Lodi winemakers on select Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Lodi Wine Visitor Center. This week meet and taste wines from Marck Chandler with Burlington Chandler Wines. Walk-ins are welcome, but feel free to reserve below.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Wine Visitor Center by phone 209.365.0621 or email wineclub@lodiwine.com.


2024 ASEV NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

Dates:  Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20, 2024

Venue:  Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201

Cost:  Click HERE for pricing

Speakers & Topics:  To view the full agenda, click HERE

Description:  The 75th ASEV National Conference will be held in Portland, OR from Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 20, 2024. Join ASEV  and attend award presentations, listen to Leigh Francis, PhD, of the Australian Wine Research Institute, for his keynote presentation, sit on lectures and flash talks, and attend the regional wine reception. For more information, click HERE.

Registration (required):   To register, please click HERE.


UC DAVIS: TOWARD SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER IN AG – LINKING SCIENCE & POLICY CONFERENCE.

Dates:  Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20, 2024

Venue:  Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA

Cost:  Click HERE for pricing

Speakers & Topics:  To view the full agenda, click HERE

Description:  This three-day international conference with a pre-conference workshop day will bring together leading scientists, policy analysts, policy and decision-makers, and agricultural and environmental stakeholder representatives from around the world to define and highlight the science of and the challenges in groundwater resources management and groundwater quality protection within and related to agricultural landscapes. The conference will also offer a forum to identify promising technical and policy solutions that provide a sustainable future for groundwater and food production at regional, national, and global scales.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


LODI WINE: TECHNICAL TASTING.

Date:  Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Time:  5:30 – 7:15pm

Venue:  Lodi Wine Visitor Center, 2545 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Cost:  $20

Description:  Join us for the next technical tasting mixer. These tastings are a great way to make connections with other Lodi winemakers, winery owners, and tasting room staff while expanding your wine knowledge. The tasting will be hosted at the Lodi Wine Visitor Center (2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, 95242) by Mark Chandler of Burlington Chandler Wines. Space is limited to 25 attendees and the cost is $20.00 per person to help cover the cost of wines poured. Payment will be collected prior to the tasting by Todd Maley.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


DELTA CONSERVANCY: DELTA DROUGHT RESPONSE PILOT PROGRAM FORUM.

Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2024

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue:  Ryde Hotel, 14340 Highway 160, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Cost:  FREE

Description:  Join The Delata Conservancy and the other project partners, the CA Department of Water Resources, the CA Water Board, and The Nature Conservancy, to hear about the outcomes of the 2022 & 2023 Delta Drought Response Pilot Program. Share your experience and hear about the experiences of other program participants. There will be time allotted to provide program feedback to the Delta Conservancy staff.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


LODI WINE: MEET THE MAKER.

Date:  Friday, June 21, 2024

Time:  3:00 – 6:00pm

Venue:  Lodi Wine Visitor Center, 2545 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Description:  Meet and taste wines with Lodi winemakers on select Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Lodi Wine Visitor Center. This week meet and taste wines from Joseph Smith with JSL Wines. Walk-ins are welcome, but feel free to reserve below.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Wine Visitor Center by phone 209.365.0621 or email wineclub@lodiwine.com.


LWC: BUILDING AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT ON INSTAGRAM – PANEL & WORKSHOP.

Date:  Monday, June 24, 2024

Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm

Venue:  Wine & Roses Ballroom, 2505 W. Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Cost:  FREE

Description:  Join the Lodi Winegrape Commission for an interactive workshop focused on Instagram on June 24 at Wine & Roses Ballroom (2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi). Hear how others in the wine industry are leveraging the platform to create loyal fans and advocates and to accelerate sales. Panelists will include Tara Beaver Coronado of Beaver Vineyards and Sara Morgenstern of Little Trouble Wine Co., among others. Following the panel discussion, learn from your peers while comparing strategies and ideas. The agenda is as follows:

9:00 – 9:15am – Arrival & Welcome
9:15 – 9:30am – Panel Introductions
9:30 – 10:30am – Panel Discussion + Q&A
10:30 – 10:45am – Break
10:45am – 12:00pm – Interactive Workshop & Discussions (mastering the basics, management and creative tools, posting reels and videos, and more)

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by email info@lodiwine.com or by phone 209.367.4727.


UC DAVIS: WINE MICROBIOLOGY WORKSHOP.

Dates:  Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Venue:  Online

Cost:  $475

Description:  Explore the microscopic world at work when grapes become wine. During this intensive two-day class, members of the wine industry will receive microscope virtual training for identifying wine microorganisms. Lecture topics include yeast and malolactic bacteria strains, inoculation practices, fermentations, microbial spoilage, and winery sanitation. During the lectures you will explore the use of sterile techniques, plating of cultures, isolation of microorganisms, analytical methods used for identifying microorganisms, techniques used with counting chambers, and viability assays. Early enrollment is encouraged.

Registration (required):   To register, please click HERE.


2024 SALINAS BIOLOGICAL SUMMIT.

Dates:  Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Venue:  CSUMB Salinas City Center, 1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901

Cost:  Click HERE for pricing

Speakers & Topics:  To view the full agenda, click HERE

Description:  Hosted by Western Growers and Wharf42, this year’s summit will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and targeted breakouts. A number of international delegations will once again be attending the Summit, sharing their experiences for delivering best practices. With the post-2023 Summit launch of Platform10, delegates will also hear from the biopesticide companies and growers engaged in its field trial program. Addressing mounting pest and disease challenges due to climate change, reduced efficacy, and diminishing availability of traditional pest control tools will be a highlight of June’s Summit Program. The 2024 Summit will also host the launch of the Platform10 Global Partner Network. This will provide the template for the first ‘Global Grower Trial Network’ for emerging biopesticide products, leveraging counter-seasonal growing opportunities and dual hemisphere field trials. This offers a unique set of opportunities for the Summit’s Sponsors and Exhibitors looking to engage with the international market. The 2024 Salinas Biological Summit will once again bring together growers, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers to provide a detailed overview of the current landscape for biological research, development, and deployment

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


UC DAVIS: WEED DAY 2024.

Date:  Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Time:  8:00am – 4:30pm

Venue:  UC Davis, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616

Cost:  Click HERE for pricing

Credits:  TBD

Speakers & Topics:  TBD

Who Should Attend:  Pest control advisors, pesticide applicators, growers, farm advisors, industry cooperators, college faculty and students, and regulatory officials

Description:  Come to the 65th annual Weed Day event and find out what the latest University of California weed science research is. The event begins with a morning field tour of the UC Davis weed science research plots. Buses will depart promptly after the morning announcements from the Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis. Lunch and afternoon presentations will be indoors in the Buehler Alumni Center. In the Buehler Alumni Center, UC faculty, staff, and students will present information on projects that are not in-season for viewing or research located off-campus. Presentations will include basic research showing the scope of the Weed Science Program.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


2024 GROWING FORWARD: VINEYARD & GROWER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.

Date:  Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Topic:  Session 2: Emerging Irrigation Practices and Technologies in the Vineyard

Speakers:

      • Arthur Chen, Verdi
      • Luca Brillante, PhD, CSU Fresno
      • Sarah Ferguson, Ruetd
      • Michele Melillo, Sun World

Description:  Explore innovative irrigation management practices and technologies emerging in the industry that are now helping growers in the vineyard to improve yields and quality, save water, and optimize labor, especially in response to rising water scarcity and farming costs. Join us to hear from industry experts on new, actionable techniques you can apply today to maximize crop per drop, monitor crop stress, report on water use, and more.

Registration (required):   To register, please click HERE.


CDFA & CALEPA: STATE WINERY ORDER WORKSHOP SESSION 1.

Date:  Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Time:  3:00 – 5:00pm

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE

Description:  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a Regulatory Alignment Concept Paper outlining initial proposals for streamlining agriculture-related food safety and water quality reporting requirements. The Concept Paper is part of the Regulatory Alignment Study, led by CDFA, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards), to evaluate and identify opportunities to streamline administrative processes and optimize information collected by the state. Informed by a broad range of interviews and feedback, the proposals presented in the Concept Paper serve as a foundation for gathering feedback and are not final recommendations.The objective of the workshop session is to obtain feedback from all interested parties regarding the State Winery Order regulatory proposals outlined in the Concept Paper. The focus areas for the discussion include:

      • Effectiveness of Proposals
      • Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
      • Unaddressed Needs or Gaps, Equity and Inclusivity
      • Suggestions for Improvement.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


STANISLAUS CFB: CPR & FIRST AID TRAINING.

Date:  Thursday, June 27, 2024

Times:  8:00am – 12:00pm Spanish | 1:00 – 5:00pm English

Venue:  Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, 1201 L St, Modesto, CA 95354

Cost:  $100 for members | $125 for non-members

Description:  Join Stanislaus County Farm Bureau at their office for a CPR and first aid training. CalOSHA requires that at least 1 employee of every 20 employees be trained.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


XERCES SOCIETY: IN THE LIFE OF WESTERN BUTTERFLIES WEBINAR.

Date:  Thursday, June 27, 2024

Time:  10:00 – 11:00am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE

Speaker:  Kevin Burls, Xerces Society

Description:  Many of us know the butterfly life cycle– egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult. But how does this life cycle work in the hot Mojave or Sonoran deserts? What are butterflies in isolated springs across the West eating as caterpillars? How do they survive the winter in the Cascade Mountains? And how are these butterflies responding to habitat loss, pesticide exposure, and the changing climate we all find ourselves in? The western United States contains hundreds of butterfly species, found in habitats ranging from hot, arid deserts to the peaks of the High Sierras. While some of these butterflies are widespread and can (luckily) be found in gardens, parks, and natural areas across the West, others are much more localized. All of these species have amazing strategies to survive and thrive in what can be some of the most hostile climates in the United States. And many of them are facing threats new and old to their populations and habitats. Join Kevin Burls, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, as he starts with an overview of butterfly diversity in the West and then highlights some of the amazing strategies that have allowed them to colonize deserts, grasslands, and mountains. Kevin will also discuss the threats these butterflies face, and how we can all protect them and their habitats.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


UC DAVIS: INTRODUCTION TO WINE & WINEMAKING.

Dates:  Monday, July 1 – Monday, September 16, 2024

Venue:  Online

Cost:  $685

Description:  Whether you’re interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted oenophile, you can take this unique course from anywhere in the world. Access top-quality, college-level course material in an interactive, web-based environment and gain exposure to an internationally recognized program and instructors, including industry experts and UC Davis faculty. Designed for individuals working in the wine industry and affiliated networks, as well as wine enthusiasts this course explores such topics as the history of wine, fundamentals of the winemaking process, wine and health issues, basic wine tasting, interpreting a wine label, and wine-growing regions around the world. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course in the Winemaking Certificate Program.

Registration (required):   To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics: Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Lodi Winegrape Commission – IPM in Vineyards

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies. At this meeting, we will focus on general IPM for vineyards, including the use of beneficial insects.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


UC DAVIS: IN VINO ANALYTICA SCIENTIA 2024.

Dates:  Tuesday, July 9 – Friday, July 12, 2024

Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm

Venue:  UC Davis Conference Center/Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, 550 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616

Speakers & Topics:  To view the full agenda, click HERE

Description:  The 13th edition of In Vino Analytica Scientia will provide an exceptional opportunity to hear from international experts covering a range of topics related to analytical sciences for grapes, wines, brandy, and spirits. General conference themes include:

      • Chemical analysis of grapes, wines, spirits, and by-products
      • Biotechnology and microbiology
      • Oxidation, aroma, phenol chemistry, and wine aging
      • Non-targeted analysis and chemometric
      • Genetic approaches towards better grape and wine quality
      • Sensory analysis and wine styles

The conference will feature several invited keynote speakers, submitted oral and poster presentations, and networking opportunities with participants from around the world. Participants will have opportunities to enjoy wines from California and the US, visit the sustainable winery facilities at the University of California, Davis, and participate in a trip to world-renowned northern California wineries.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CA FARM BUREAU EXTENSION: 2024 CE SERIES.

Date:  Thursday, July 11, 2024

Time:  9:30 – 10:30am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE for members | $400 for non-members

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER) – applied for

Topic:  Vertebrate Pest Control

Description:  California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2024 Continuing Education Series held virtually. Join them throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after the successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CDFA & CALEPA: IRRIGATED LANDS REGULATORY PROGRAM WORKSHOP SESSION 2.

Date:  Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Time:  3:00 – 6:00pm

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE

Description:  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a Regulatory Alignment Concept Paper outlining initial proposals for streamlining agriculture-related food safety and water quality reporting requirements. The Concept Paper is part of the Regulatory Alignment Study, led by CDFA, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards), to evaluate and identify opportunities to streamline administrative processes and optimize information collected by the state. Informed by a broad range of interviews and feedback, the proposals presented in the Concept Paper serve as a foundation for gathering feedback and are not final recommendations.The objective of the workshop session is to obtain feedback from all interested parties regarding the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program regulatory proposals outlined in the Concept Paper. The focus areas for the discussion include:

      • Effectiveness of Proposals
      • Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
      • Unaddressed Needs or Gaps, Equity and Inclusivity
      • Suggestions for Improvement.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


LODI WINE: MEET THE MAKER.

Date:  Friday, July 19, 2024

Time:  3:00 – 6:00pm

Venue:  Lodi Wine Visitor Center, 2545 W Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95242

Description:  Meet and taste wines with Lodi winemakers on select Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Lodi Wine Visitor Center. This week meet and taste wines from The Lucas Winery. Walk-ins are welcome, but feel free to reserve below.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Wine Visitor Center by phone 209.365.0621 or email wineclub@lodiwine.com.


STANISLAUS CFB: TRACTOR SAFETY.

Date:  Thursday, July 25, 2024

Times:  9:00 – 10:00am Spanish | 10:00 – 11:00am English

Venue:  Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, 1201 L St, Modesto, CA 95354

Cost:  $40 for members | $50 for non-members

Description:  Join Stanislaus County Farm Bureau at their office for a tractor safety training. CalOSHA requires that employees who operate equipment be trained annually.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CDFA & CALEPA: STATE WINERY ORDER WORKSHOP SESSION 2.

Date:  Tuesday, July 30, 2024

Time:  4:00 – 6:00pm

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE

Description:  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a Regulatory Alignment Concept Paper outlining initial proposals for streamlining agriculture-related food safety and water quality reporting requirements. The Concept Paper is part of the Regulatory Alignment Study, led by CDFA, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards), to evaluate and identify opportunities to streamline administrative processes and optimize information collected by the state. Informed by a broad range of interviews and feedback, the proposals presented in the Concept Paper serve as a foundation for gathering feedback and are not final recommendations.The objective of the workshop session is to obtain feedback from all interested parties regarding the State Winery Order regulatory proposals outlined in the Concept Paper. The focus areas for the discussion include:

      • Effectiveness of Proposals
      • Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
      • Unaddressed Needs or Gaps, Equity and Inclusivity
      • Suggestions for Improvement.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, August 6, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics:  TBD

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


CA FARM BUREAU EXTENSION: 2024 CE SERIES.

Date:  Thursday, August 8, 2024

Time:  9:30 – 10:30am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE for members | $400 for non-members

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (Laws & Regs) – applied for

Topic:  Personal Protective Equipment

Description:  California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2024 Continuing Education Series held virtually. Join them throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after the successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, September 3, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics:  TBD

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


CA FARM BUREAU EXTENSION: 2024 CE SERIES.

Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2024

Time:  9:30 – 10:30am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE for members | $400 for non-members

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (Laws & Regs) – applied for

Topic:  Application Inspection

Description:  California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2024 Continuing Education Series held virtually. Join them throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after the successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics:  TBD

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


CA FARM BUREAU EXTENSION: 2024 CE SERIES.

Date:  Thursday, October 10, 2024

Time:  9:30 – 10:30am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE for members | $400 for non-members

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER) – applied for

Topic:  Choosing the Right Pesticide

Description:  California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2024 Continuing Education Series held virtually. Join them throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after the successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


2024 CAL-IPC SYMPOSIUM.

Dates:  Wednesday, October 23 – Friday, October 25, 2024

Venue:  Online

Cost:  Click HERE for pricing

Credits:  TBD

Speakers & Topics:  To view the full agenda, click HERE

Description:  Join Cal-IPC for their annual symposium. This year the symposium will be all online. The theme sessions will explore how you can “get ahead of the curve” by focusing efforts on the early stages of the “invasion curve.” This means employing strategies of prevention and early detection/rapid response – strategies that are simple conceptually but more complex in practice. Speakers will share their work at the local, regional, and statewide levels. Other sessions will dig into a wide range of topics on invasive plant management and stewardship.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


STANISLAUS CFB: HAZARDOUS AG MATERIALS TRAINING.

Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2024

Times:  8:00 – 9:30am English | 10:00 – 11:30am Spanish

Venue:  Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, 1201 L St, Modesto, CA 95354

Cost:  $40 for members | $50 for non-members

Description:  Join Stanislaus County Farm Bureau at their office for a hazardous ag materials training. Everyone operating a Class C vehicle carrying hazardous material must be trained.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, November 5, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics:  Akif Eskalen, PhD, UCCE – Lodi Trunk Disease Workshop

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies. This month, Dr. Eskalen hosts a trunk disease workshop to dissect vines, identify the disease, and discuss IPM strategies for healthy vineyards.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


CA FARM BUREAU EXTENSION: 2024 CE SERIES.

Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2024

Time:  9:30 – 10:30am

Venue:  Online via Zoom

Cost:  FREE for members | $400 for non-members

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (Laws & Regs) – applied for

Topic:  Preventing Common Violations

Description:  California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2024 Continuing Education Series held virtually. Join them throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after the successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

Registration (required):  To register, please click HERE.


CD11 LODI IPM NETWORK BREAKFAST MEETING.

Date:  Tuesday, December 3, 2024

Time:  8:00 – 9:30am

Venue:  Burgundy Hall, Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

Credits:  1.5 hrs DPR CE (OTHER)

Special Guests & Topics:  TBD

Who Should Attend:  Local Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), GROWERS who manage their own pest control (PRIVATE APPLICATORS) or who have pest control questions, anyone looking for viticulture DPR CE credits, viticulture TECHNICAL ADVISORS in Lodi, and winemakers/grower relations personnel interested in learning about vineyard pest management.

Description:  Our group meets monthly to discuss current vineyard pests and their management. The goal is to create a strong local network for communicating the best IPM strategies and for support in solving viticulture anomalies.

RSVP:  To the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email info@lodiwine.com.


2025 INTERNATIONAL IPM SYMPOSIUM.

Dates:  Monday, March 3 – Thursday, March 6, 2025

Venue:  Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109

Cost:  TBD

Speakers & Topics:  TBD

Description:  The premier global event for the industry, the IPM Symposium brings together the science and business communities to share the latest research, strategies, and solutions for effectively managing pests in agriculture communities, and natural areas.

Registration (required):  TBD


UCCE & UC IPM: AIR BLAST SPRAYER CALIBRATION.

VenueOnline

Cost:  FREE (without DPR credit); fee to earn DPR credit

Credits:  2 hrs DPR CE (OTHER) and 0.5 hr DPR (LAWS & REGS); 2 hrs CCA (IPM)

Description:  This course was developed for anyone who works with air blast sprayers or is involved with ensuring successful pesticide applications in trees and vines. This includes pesticide handlers, pest control advisors, growers, and supervisors. The course contains video so it requires a computer that can play audio and video. View the full description HERE.

For more information including technical requirements please contact Cheryl Reynolds, UC ANR, at creynolds@ucanr.edu.


AG CEU ONLINE: MITE CONTROL AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER); 1 hr CCA (Integrated Pest Management)

Description:  This course discusses mite control in major crops and is sponsored by BASF. Mites are small arthropods in the class Arachnida and the subclass Acari. Although they are related to insects, mites are in the arachnid class and are closely related to spiders and ticks. They are common pests in agriculture, landscapes, and gardens. Mite species are estimated to number nearly 50,000. They live in diverse habitats; in soil, water, or plant matter. They eat living and dead plant material as well as fungi, lichens, and even carrion. Some are parasites on animals and others feed on mold. This course will focus on the mites that threaten nut trees, pome fruit, grape, strawberry, tomato, and citrus crops.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


AG CEU ONLINE: ORGANIC/SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  2 hrs DPR CE (OTHER); 2 hrs CCA (Sustainability)

Description:  This course focuses on sustainable organic farming practices and cultural and biological pest management without the use of synthetic chemicals. This course will provide a general overview of the most common pests in organic/sustainable agricultural systems and current methods of controlling insect pests, weeds, and diseases in a range of organic crops grown in the United States. Organic/sustainable agriculture is expanding rapidly in the US with an average annual increase of 12% during the last 15 years. In the early years, organic production was limited and typically meant small farms and roadside stands. Now, however, the growing demand for organic produce is attracting conventional producers and retailers. Organic product sales now exceed $32 billion in the US.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


AG CEU ONLINE: VINE MEALYBUG IPM IN VINEYARDS.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER); 1 hr CCA (IPM)

Description:  This online Continuing Education course, sponsored by Suterra, the global leader in environmentally sustainable pest control, discusses the identification of vine mealybug (VMB), how it damages grapes and grapevines, monitoring and treatment options, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and Pesticide Safety. Vine mealybug (VMB, Planococcus ficus) is a serious insect pest of grapes and has three characteristics that make it particularly damaging:

  • it easily moves from vineyard to vineyard
  • it is difficult to control with insecticides
  • it is implicated in the spread of viruses that cause grapevine leafroll disease

Information provided herein does not constitute a recommendation. Always consult with your PCA to determine the best pest management practices and timings for your operation. Adhere to state and local regulations and the current pesticide label and check with your organic certifier.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


AG CEU ONLINE: PROTECTING POLLINATORS.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER); 1 hr CCA (Sustainability)

Description:  As of January 2018, there were approximately 2.63 million managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. Over 500,000 make their home permanently in California, while another 1.5 million hives are moved into the state annually to augment the pollination demands of California’s almond crop alone. This means slightly fewer than 79 percent of the managed hives in the U.S. are used to pollinate a single California crop. In 2019 there are about 1.16 million planted acres of almond orchards in California, with mature trees on bearing acreages capable of producing more than 2.27 billion pounds of almonds annually. Growers usually rent two colonies of honey bees per bearing acre. “Honey bees are essential to almond production,” said Bob Curtis, pollination consultant and retired director of Agricultural Affairs for the Almond Board of California. “Every almond we eat exists because a honey bee pollinated an almond blossom so it’s in farmers’ best interest to keep them safe. Our livelihood depends on it.” As important as managed honey bees are to almonds and the more than 100 other crops they pollinate, pesticides and insecticides used to protect crops against pests are also important. Farmers and crop protection specialists recognize that and work diligently to ensure that pollinators and pesticides can co-exist in balance. This course will examine the stressors on the honey bee population such as Colony Collapse Disorder, nutrition, pesticides, parasites, and pathogens as well as rules and legislation to protect honey bees.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


AG CEU ONLINE: GRAPE POWDERY MILDEW CONTROL IN CA VINEYARDS.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER); 2 hrs CCA (IPM)

Description:  Grape Powdery Mildew is the number one disease in California vineyards. More dollars are spent on powdery mildew control and, yet, this disease still accounts for more crop losses than any other grape pest. This course, sponsored by Western Farm Press, explores the different fungicide classes; treatment options for powdery mildew in California; resistance management, and regional differences in disease development. It also includes a detailed approach to using the UC Powdery Mildew Risk Assessment Index (RAI) to predict infections. Seasonal patterns of disease development differ from region to region (as well as year to year), and cost-effective management strategies must be based on local conditions that favor or inhibit pathogen reproduction. Season-long control depends on reducing early-season inoculum and subsequent infections with well-timed fungicide applications. Spray timing and frequency (and coverage) are everything; these vary depending on local weather, temperature, varietal susceptibility, vine growth stage, and material choice.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


AG CEU ONLINE: UTILIZING POTASSIUM NITRATE – DISEASE ORGANISMS & IPM.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr CCA (Nutrient Management) & 0.5 hr (Soil & Water Management)

Description:  Potassium nitrate is used in agriculture, industry, solar energy plants, food, and pharma. In agriculture, the main uses of potassium nitrate are related to the supply of plant nutrients via fertigation, foliar, and field applications. Potassium nitrate has also proven to be a valuable tool in crop pest and stress management and has shown positive effects on the control of plant pests and diseases when applied or as an additive to crop protection agrochemicals, thus allowing the grower to practice more effective and judicious use of pesticides. When used correctly, potassium nitrate can be a valuable and economic source in any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy, not only for its effective and environmentally sensitive aspects but for its effects on overall plant health, thus creating a stronger, more resistant plant. This is demonstrated in this course by a number of examples of pest management with potassium and nitrate sources. This course also has a section on the role of nutrients in IPM and is sponsored by SQM.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


SAN JOAQUIN CO: SUPPORTING BENEFICIAL BIRDS & MANAGING PEST BIRDS.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (OTHER)

Description:  This one-hour online course covers various practices farms can employ to utilize birds for pest control and reduce pesticide use. In addition, the course covers how to address birds when they may be pests on the farm.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


SAN JOAQUIN CO: THE FIELDWORKER SAFETY INSPECTION REPORT.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (LAWS & REGS)

Description: This course covers the regulatory requirements found in a Fieldworker Safety Inspection Report, what each requirement means, and how to comply.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


SAN JOAQUIN CO: THE PESTICIDE USE MONITORING INSPECTION (PR-ENF-104).

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  0.5 hr DPR CE (LAWS & REGS) and 0.5 hr DPR CE (OTHER)

Description:  Pesticide Use Monitoring Inspections are one of the most common types of regulatory inspections performed by our department. The purpose of these inspections is to determine if the handler and employer are in compliance with regulations, and permit conditions and if the label is used. Additionally, these inspections ensure that possible hazards to people, crops, non-target animals, and surrounding properties are addressed.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


SAN JOAQUIN CO: PEST CONTROL HEADQUARTERS INSPECTIONS FOR AG OPERATIONS.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  1 hr DPR CE (LAWS & REGS)

Description:  This training focuses on the Pest Control Headquarters Inspection Report (Form 109). This type of inspection is for:

      • Production Agriculture Operations
      • Pesticide Dealers
      • Pest Control Advisors (PCA)
      • “Other” Non-Production Headquarters Types

For this training, the concentration will focus on agricultural operations.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


SAN JOAQUIN CO: PESTICIDE DRIFT PREVENTION.

Time:  1 hr duration

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  0.5 hr DPR CE (LAWS & REGS) and 0.5 hr DPR CE (OTHER)

Description:  Pesticide drift is the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air at the time of application or soon after, to any site other than the intended treatment area. This continuing education course training series discusses tips and techniques to reduce the possibility of off-target drift.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


VIRTUAL VITICULTURE ACADEMY: PROSPECTIVE WINEGRAPE GROWER COURSE.

Time:  6 video modules

Venue:  Online

Cost:  $289 | $200 with code NewGrower

Description:  New and prospective wine-grape growers often do not have all of the information needed before deciding to start and grow a successful vineyard, and they find out the hard way that making poor decisions at the start can be costly and frustrating. To help growers avoid costly start-up mistakes, this comprehensive Online Prospective Winegrape Grower Course provides everything you need to start and grow your vineyard successfully. The course includes:

      • Over 5hours of guided video content
      • Downloadable and printable grower guides to help you keep notes along with the course
      • Real-life examples, illustrations, and more of what you need to know to make good decisions from the start for growing a successful vineyard.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


WILD FARM ALLIANCE: ROLE OF BIRDS ON FARMS – CERTIFICATION.

Time:  10 virtual courses

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Description:  This 10-lesson virtual course teaches agricultural professionals and farmers how to support beneficial birds and manage pest birds on farms. By learning how to assess the farm’s avian needs and opportunities, farms can be designed to provide for a diversity of beneficial birds. If pest birds are a problem, they can be discouraged with specific practices during the shorter periods when they cause damage. The sessions cover the latest research, tools, and resources, and are given by experts in avian pest control, entomology, ornithology, and conservation. This course was first offered via webinar format in early 2022. View the recordings of the lessons at your own pace and track your progress using the certificate, HERE.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


WILD FARM ALLIANCE: HABITAT ON FARMS – AVIAN PEST CONTROL SERVICES.

Time:  1 course

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  4 hrs DPR CE (OTHER) – approved

Description:  WFA is pleased to offer a free California Continuing Education Course about supporting avian pest control. Participants will learn about research that shows the benefits of installing habitats in and around farms to attract beneficial birds that provide valuable pest control services. After completing a course, Wild Farm Alliance will email you a certificate of completion within one week. You must submit the certificate to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to receive your credits. These two courses are approved for the “Other” category and would count towards the total “Other” hours needed for the QAL license renewal.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


WILD FARM ALLIANCE: NEST BOXES & PERCHES – AVIAN PEST CONTROL SERVICES.

Time:  1 course

Venue:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Credits:  3 hrs DPR CE (OTHER) – approved

Description:  WFA is pleased to offer a free California Continuing Education Course about supporting avian pest control. Participants will learn about the research showing the benefits to the farm of installing Western Bluebird and other songbird nest boxes, Barn Owl and American Kestrel boxes, and songbird and raptor perches to gain these birds’ valuable pest control services. After completing a course, Wild Farm Alliance will email you a certificate of completion within one week. You must submit the certificate to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to receive your credits. These two courses are approved for the “Other” category and would count towards the total “Other” hours needed for the QAL license renewal.

For more information:  Please click HERE.


Organizations Hosting Training Seminars and Educational Events

Many of these qualify for LODI RULES Standards 1.6 & 2.8

Ag Safe Conference

American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) annual meeting

American Vineyard Grape Expo

Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) annual conference

California Plant and Soil Conference (California Chapter of the ASA)

California State University-Fresno Biennial Grape Day

California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) Meetings and Workshops

Clarksburg Grape Day

Dollars and Sense Tradeshow and Seminar

Foothill Grape Day

Lodi Farm Safety Day

Lodi Grape Day (every February)

Lodi District Grape Growers Association Seminars and Workshop 

Lodi Winegrape Commission (LWC) Seminars and Workshops

Napa Valley Viticulture Fair

Rootstock: Napa Valley Grapegrowers

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Seminars and Workshops

San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium

San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association Annual Meeting and Industry Forum

Sonoma Grape Day

Sustainable Ag Expo (San Luis Obispo every fall)

University of California-Davis extension courses and seminars (RAVE, etc.)

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium (every January in Sacramento)

Vineyard Economics Seminar

Wine Industry Financial Symposium

WINexpo

World Ag Expo (every February)


UC IPM Online Trainings

The UC Statewide IPM Program provides online courses that reflect current advances in pest management and related topics. Selected courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for Continuing Education Units. Some are also approved for structural units from the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB).

Check out the UC Integrated Pest Management website for online pieces of training – some are free and some charge a fee: ipm.ucanr.edu/training/index.html.