Climate-smart crop production workshops March 5-7 in Ventura, Salinas and Tulare

Feb 23, 2024

Growers invited to learn how to manage risks to fruit, nut, vegetable production

UC Cooperative Extension is offering workshops in Ventura, Salinas and Tulare to help growers adapt their fruit, nut and vegetable production practices to variable climate conditions.

"Growers, farm and ranch managers, and technical assistance providers can learn about the latest research and advances in managing risks to agricultural production that can result from climate change and climate variability,” said Daniele Zaccaria, associate professor in agricultural water management for Cooperative Extension at UC Davis.

Tapan Pathak, UCCE specialist at UC Merced, will speak about climate change trends, potential impacts on agricultural production and decision support tools. Zaccaria and local experts will discuss cover cropping, pests and other issues.

During a roundtable session, participants will discuss their own production challenges resulting from climate change and variability.

“Participants will also learn about tools available to aid manage climate change and climate variability risks," Zaccaria said. 

The Climate-Smart Agricultural Production Practices workshops will be held in three locations: 

Ventura: Vegetable and Berry Production

March 5 (8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)
669 County Square Dr., Suite 100

Speakers include UCCE advisors Andre Biscaro, Ben Faber and Mark Battany, and other scientists and experts from Ventura County Resource Conservation District and Land IQ. Register at

Salinas: Vegetable, Berry and Grapevine Production

March 6 (8 a.m. –2 p.m.)
1432 Abbott St.

Speakers include Daniel Hasegawa and Eric Brennan of USDA-ARS and UCCE advisors Larry Bettiga, Michael Cahn and Mark Bolda. Register at

Tulare: Fruit and Nut Production

March 7 (8 a.m.–2 p.m.)
4500 South Laspina St.

Speakers include UCCE advisors Jhalendra Rijal, Mark Battany, Mohammad Yaghmour, Sandipa Gautam, Brent Holtz and other scientists and experts from USDA-NRCS, Almond Board of California; California Pistachio Research Board and Land IQ. Register at

Workshops are free and include coffee breaks, lunch, workshop materials along with the presentations. Registration is required. 

These workshops are supported by grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


By Pamela S Kan-Rice
Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach