California: Almond Field Day Slated April 17 in Fresno

    San Joaquin Valley almond growers will learn valuable tips about dealing with this year’s drought, preserving honey bee health and managing orchard pests and diseases during an April 17 field day in Fresno.

    The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rushing Ranch, 11599 West Shaw Ave., in Fresno.

    • Walt Bentley, University of California Emeritus almond specialist, will cover in-season monitoring pest pressures and preserving beneficial populations.
    • University of California Cooperative Extension pomologist and almond specialist David Doll of Merced County will present insights about spring and summer disease management during this season’s drought.
    • UCCE Fresno County farm advisor Gurreet Brarwill cover irrigation management  in a drought year to minimize pest outbreaks and flare-ups in the state’s second largest crop valued at $4 billion a year.
    • In addition, Gene Brandi of the American Beekeeping Federation will discuss honey bee health issues and almond pollinators while Matthew Danielczyk of Audubon California will cover wildlife-friendly farming in almond orchards.

    Sponsored by San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project (SJSFP), the field day offers two hours of continuing education credit and 2.5 hours of CCA CEU credits.

    For directions or more information, contact Project Director Marcia Gibbs at (530) 370-5325 or at

    The sustainable farming project is a state- and federally funded program under the direction of the Sustainable Cotton Project, a California nonprofit which has worked with San Joaquin Valley growers in the past decade to bring Cleaner Cotton™ to the multi-billion-dollar green consumer market.

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