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The availability for skilled farm labor throughout agriculture continues to be an issue of concern. The California Avocado Commission is hosting seminars to discuss skilled labor concerns affecting the industry. Learn more.

On August 15, CAPCA ED is hosting a Continuing Education Seminar that may be of interest to California avocado growers. CAPCA ED is offering a half-day rate ($50) for growers who would be interested in attending the shot hole borer portion of the seminar only.

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers is hosting a seminar entitled, “Sustainable/Organic Production on the Central Coast” on June 28.

On July 13, the California Avocado Commission will host a California avocado grower Field Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Pine Tree Ranch, 19455 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA, 93060.

Dr. Gary Bender, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Farm Advisor Emeritus, is the lead instructor for a six-week course entitled “Avocado Production for New Growers.” The course is designed for new avocado growers, as well as those interested in learning more about avocado production best practices and meeting fellow growers.

The University of California Cooperative Extension will host a workshop designed to familiarize growers with CropManage — a free online decision-support tool for water and nutrient management of coastal crops. Learn more.

Index Fresh is hosting a seminar entitled “Decision Support Tools for Management of Avocado Nutrition and Chloride Toxicity” in all three major California avocado growing regions. The seminar will include findings from Dr. David Crowley’s five-year decision support tool research project, and a glimpse into how the tool will look and feel to growers from the software development company.

The Organic Fertilizer Association of California and California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) are hosting a “Sustainable/Organic Production in Southern California” seminar on Tuesday, April 11. Learn more.

Growers are encouraged to attend the California Avocado Commission’s Pine Tree Ranch Demonstration Grove Field Day that will be held on March 15.

The Ventura and Santa Barbara County Resource Conservation Districts are hosting four free workshops to assist growers interested in applying for funds from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program.

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