The United States Biochar Initiative 2018 Conference will be in Wilmington, DE August 20-23. While the conference focuses on water quality, it will cover the waterfront of biochar production, use, etc. I have been to several and have enjoyed them all and learned a lot. Academics, biochar producers, users, pretty much everyone that has anything to do with biochar attends. And the vendor shows are usually quite good. All the others have had just the right number of attendees -- enough so you see a lot of people, but small enough to really get to know most of them. Lots of group meals and other events so you get the chance to see everyone.
For more information and to register:
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What: The use of biochar in agriculture is a topic that has been generating interest across California. New products are being developed for agricultural applications, and new research on the effects of biochar in cropping systems is underway at many universities.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is teaming up with Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and Agricultural Sustainability Institute of the University of California, Davis, to host a Biochar Field Day. The event will bring together researchers, industry representatives and other interested stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of biochar in agroecosystems. Presentations will highlight research, showcase available resources, and provide up-to-date information on biochar in California agriculture.
When: June 6, 2018, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Where: Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, 34205 Russell Blvd, Winters, CA 95694
How: Register at https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/421
Cost: $15. Price includes a hay-ride tour, in-field presentations, a panel discussion, lunch, and a poster session
For questions, please contact Brooke Elliott at (916) 900-5022 or email FREP@cdfa.ca.gov.
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For agenda, https://blogs.cdfa.ca.gov/FREP/?p=723
There are many legal issues associated with farming, and University of California is doing an all-day training session in San Diego on March 23 to help you deal with them.
- Explore the challenges and opportunities of urban agriculture with experienced San Diego-area farmers.
- Learn about San Diego's new Urban Agriculture zoning laws.
- Find out what permits and licenses urban farmers need to sell produce, eggs, and other products.
- Learn about important designations including Certified Organic, Cottage Food Producer, Community Food Producer, and more.
- Meet staff from local agencies that are key resources for local farmers, including the Agricultural Commissioner's Office, the Department of Public Health, and the Planning Department.
- Get a preview of what's on the horizon for urban farmers. Find out what's happening with policy in the local urban agriculture movement, and how to get involved.
The cost is $20, which includes a resource packet, refreshments, and lunch. Pre-registration is required.
This is the first in a series of four San Diego County workshops that will be held on 3/23, 4/5, 4/19, and 4/26, covering additional urban agriculture topics.
To register for any of the above, go to: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24019