University of California
The Future of Water for Irrigation in California and Israel

Agenda

Monday, July 16

Welcome and Workshop Charge

Moderated by Doug Parker, UC ANR, California Institute for Water Resources

08:00

Welcome

Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

08:10

Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific North West

08:20

Welcome and Workshop Charge

08:25

Doug Parker, UC ANR, California Institute for Water Resources

08:30

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with UC Davis, UC ANR, and ARO Israel

Mark Bell, Vice Provost, UC ANR
Ermias Kebreab, Professor, UC Davis, Dept. of Animal Science and Global Affairs
Eli Feinerman, Director, ARO Israel

Session I: Efficient Management of Irrigation

Moderated by Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County

09:00

Agronomic Irrigation Design and Scheduling

Shmulik Friedman, Agricultural Research Organization

09:30

Agricultural Irrigation and the Future of California's Electricity Grid

Arian Aghajanzadeh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

09:45

Sensor-based Irrigation Scheduling and Amount

Tamir Kamai, Agricultural Research Organization

10:00

Irrigation Technologies and Their Optimization, Including Water Networks

Michael Cahn, UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey

10:15

Break

Moderated by Andrew McElrone, US Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service & UC Davis, Dept. of Viticulture & Enology

10:45

Channeling the Power of the New Satellite Images Towards Water Status Variability Mapping and Dynamic Variable Rate Irrigation

Yafit Cohen, Agricultural Research Organization

 11:00

 

Crop and Soil Water Status Indicators and Precision Irrigation

Dan Munk, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno

 11:15

 

Plant-based Irrigation of Specialty Crops: Getting the Right Deficit at the Right Time

Ken Shackel, UC Davis, Dept. of Plant Sciences

 11:30

 

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Mark Battany, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo

 12:15  Lunch

Moderated by Elia Scudiero, US Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, US Salinity Laboratory

13:30

 

Managed Aquifer Recharge in Israel

Dani Kurtzman, Agricultural Research Organization

13:45

 

Patterned Implementation of SGMA and Implications for Groundwater Recharge

Laura Foglia, UC Davis, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources

14:00

 

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Daniele Zaccaria, UC Davis, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources

14:30 Break

Session II: Irrigation Water Quality and Water Reuse (Agricultural production under suboptimal conditions)

Moderated by Jairo Diaz, UC ANR, Desert Research and Extension Center

15:00

Irrigation Water Quality and Water Reuse (Agricultural Production Under Suboptimal Conditions)

Jim Ayars, US Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

15:30

Desalination as a tool for sustainable irrigated agriculture in Israel

Alon Ben-Gal, Agricultural Research Organization

16:00

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Steve Evett, US Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

17:00 Adjourn
18:00

Dinner Reception and Poster Session

The networking reception will showcase poster presentations delivered by workshop participants and students representing varying scientific backgrounds. Invited conference participants and students will present findings from ongoing and completed agricultural research projects. The organizing committee will be responsible for the selection of posters to be presented.

 

Tuesday, July 17

Tour of local irrigation and water management sites

07:30 Depart UC ANR Building
10:00-11:30

Oakdale Irrigation District, Oakdale

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:30-15:15

South San Joaquin Irrigation District, Manteca

16:00-17:00

Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyard, Lodi

18:30 Return

 

Wednesday, July 18

Session II (Continued)

Moderated by Sharon Benes, CSU Fresno, Dept. of Plant Science

08:30

Problems and Solutions for Brackish, Treated Effluent and Desalinated Irrigation Water (Includes Use of Brines)

Mark Grismer, UC Davis, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources

08:45

The Effect of Irrigation Water Quality on the Soil Properties and the Conditions in the Root Zone

Shmuel Assouline, Agricultural Research Organization

09:00

Water Reuse and Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Soil and Environment

Hossein Shahrokhnia and Laosheng Wu, UC Riverside, Dept. of Environmental Sciences

09:15

Conventional vs Conservation Agriculture in a Semi-arid region: The Impact on the Hydrological Regime

Gil Eshel, Soil Erosion Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Israel

09:30

Salt Effected Soil and Agricultural Production: Assessment and Management of Salinity

Elia Scudiero and Dennis Corwin, US Department of Agriculture, ARS, US Salinity Laboratory

09:45

Impact of Soil Texture on Salt Dynamics at the Root Zone

Uri Nachshon, Agricultural Research Organization

10:00

 

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Jeff Dahlberg, UC ANR, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

10:45 Break


Session III: Water Policy and Security: Leveraging Expertise for Great Impact

Moderated by Carolyn Cook, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture

11:15

Closing the Agriculture Gender Gap - Irrigation Technologies for Women Farmers in Developing Countries

Naama Raz-Yaseef, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

11:30

Filling the Knowledge Gaps on Climate Change Impacts to Irrigated Agricultural Production

Tapan Pathak, UC Cooperative Extension, Merced

11:45

Water Security, Management, and Storage Innovations

Kamyar Guivetchi, Department of Water Resources

12:00

Efficient Use of Water in Dryland Agriculture

Pedro Berliner, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

12:15 Lunch

13:30

 

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Ben Faber, UC Cooperative Extension, Ventura

Moderated by Mike Singer, UC Davis

14:15

 

Solutions of the Israeli Water Sector to Drought

Eli Feinerman, Agricultural Research Organization

14:45

 

Sustaining Agricultural Productivity under Harsh Water Scarcity in Southern California and Desert Counties

Ariel Dinar, UC Riverside, Dept. of Environmental Sciences

15:00

 

Lessons from drip irrigation in California for technology adoption and innovation

David Zilberman, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics

15:15 Break
15:45

 

Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Leader: Shabtai Cohen, Agricultural Research Organization

16:45  

Wrap Up and Next Steps

Shabtai Cohen, Agricultural Research Organization

17:00 Adjourn

 

 

 

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