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Napa County Farm Bureau Hosts Viticulture Continuing Education Classes

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2020 Classes Feature Cutting-Edge International and National Viticultural Experts

Napa County Farm BureauNapa, CA — The Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation is hosting a series of continuing education classes for the public in November and December. These trainings are for professionals within the wine industry and beyond to learn about the latest developments in agricultural pest management.

This year’s speakers feature a range of acclaimed experts from a variety of locales around the world, including experts from the University of British Columbia in Canada; Hochschule Geisenheim University in Germany; Agriculture Victoria in Australia; Cornell University in New York and University of California at Davis, among others.

“’As farmers, we are stewards.’ This statement steered my assembly of this year’s topics and speakers, and I’m very excited about the result! Attendees will learn about cutting-edge technologies for pest management, the power of regenerative farming, the impacts of climate change, and the importance of biodiversity in vineyards. This will all come from foremost researchers within these fields”, said Eric Pooler, Vice President of the Napa County Farm Bureau and coordinator of these annual trainings for the past 9 years.

The classes will be held virtually this year and eligible participants will receive CE credits for their participation through the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the American Society of Agronomists. This year’s classes include:

November 11 – Focus on the Floor 

Members of soil biome and their contributions to healthy crops; Fumigation alternatives for nematode control; Cover-crop crimping, practical application in vineyards; Glyphosate resistance- managing weeds and people; Pesticide label review

November 19 – Coping with Climate Change

Climate change influence on the phenology of wine grapes; Regenerative agriculture- farming techniques to preserve the atmosphere; the effects of global warming on insect pests; Rising atmosphere CO2 levels and the impacts on syrah; Common inspection issues, and how to fix them

December 3 – Biodiversity as a Component of Integrated Pest Management

Identifying, measuring and promoting beneficial soil microbes; Promoting pollinators in vineyards; A grape grower’s guide to beneficial insects/Virginia creeper advancement in Napa County; Barn owl behavior, and the implications for vertebrate pest management; Review of ag complaint and investigation procedures 

December 10 – Notable Innovations in Vineyard Pest Management

Use of remote sensors and hyperspectral imagery for disease detection; Audible mating disruption to control Blue-green sharpshooter; Prophylactic remedies for smoke taint; Automated in-field data collection and AI applications for pest management; Review of compliance and enforcement action proceduresTo register for the Farm Bureau’s continuing education classes, visit www.napafarmbureau.org/events or call (707) 224-5403.

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