The 2024 California Plant and Soil Conference will be held Feb. 6-7 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Fresno. The conference is organized by the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy and UC Cooperative Extension.
This year's conference will cover the following topics:
- Are we ready? Adapting agronomy to an uncertain future
- Precision agriculture
- Nutrient management
- Animal-plant systems management
- Soil management
- California IPM toolbox
- Pesticide resistance
- Bees, pollinators
- Groundwater recharge
- On-farm water management
“The diverse topics covered at the annual California Plant and Soil Conference are determined by polling members each year about what information is most important for them to learn about regarding sustainable agricultural production in California,” said Nicholas Clark, conference organizer and UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, who specializes in agronomy and nutrient management.
Growers, pest control advisers and crop consultants, allied ag industry professionals, academics, and government agency staff attend this accessible, science-based conference each year to stay up-to-date on major issues in California agriculture and their potential solutions. In addition to networking opportunities, the conference offers continuing education credits for growers and other ag professionals seeking to maintain various licenses.
“Another really cool thing about this conference is that the chapter has a strong career development component to it,” said Clark. “We support students through financial assistance to attend as poster presenters, and we give monetary awards to student poster contest winners judged by members of the CA ASA board and industry professionals. We also have a merit-based scholarship award given to students each year for their contributions to and potential in the agricultural industry and science fields. These awards are largely supported by private sponsors and member dues.”
The annual conference provides an opportunity for all attendees to increase their knowledge of current topics of agronomic importance in California. By attending the conference, certified crop advisers and pest control advisers can earn continuing education units that are important to their professional standing.
The agenda for the conference includes several new items this year:
- Two additional sessions with six speakers will be offered on the afternoon of Feb. 7 after the business lunch.
- A student-mentor breakfast meeting will be held the morning of Feb. 7 with round-table discussions to hear about mentors' experiences and career paths in agricultural science fields, providing a chance to network and broaden perspectives.
In addition to presentations, there will be an award ceremony to honor individuals who served the profession through their careers, a student poster competition, non-competitive professional posters, and the CA ASA business meeting. Sponsorship opportunities are available to support student participation. For more information, please see the conference website at https://na.eventscloud.com/website/58588/sponsors.
Registration is $375. Early bird registration is $325 and ends Jan. 12. Registration on site will be $425. Register through the conference website: https://na.eventscloud.com/plantandsoilconference.
The conference is planned and presented by a team of volunteer professional agronomists from research institutions, UC Cooperative Extension, public agencies and private companies. If you are interested in serving on the board or have questions about the conference, please contact a current board member (https://na.eventscloud.com/website/58588/leadership).
The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy was founded in April 1971 by a group of California agronomists who recognized the value in creating a forum to focus on California agriculture. The purpose of the annual meeting is to promote research, disseminate scientific information, foster high standards of educational and ethical conduct in the profession, and facilitate robust cooperation among organizations with similar missions.