RCDs, Water Agencies/Districts, researchers, and Coalition coordinators, offered Farm Water Quality Planning (FWQP) short courses to over 2,000 growers representing 350,000 acres of irrigated agriculture along the Central Coast from 2001-2007. During the course, producers learned about water quality regulations, techniques for site-assessment of pollution problems, methods for recognizing practices that are already in place that protect water quality, management practices that may be selected based on local conditions and crop types, and practice evaluation methods. The course was held throughout the Central Coast and involved classroom and field instruction that leads to completion of an individualized Farm Water Quality Plan. A Farm Water Quality Plan template and binder of resource materials were provided. For more information, please visit please visit http://fwqp.ucanr.org.
Ongoing opportunities for farm water quality continuing education (credited and non-credited) can be found on the AWQA events calendar
UCCE launches Farm Water Quality Newsletter
When participants of the Farm Water Quality Short Course asked for more information on integrating environmental quality with crop production practices, UCCE listened and launched the quarterly electronic newsletter “UCCE Farm Water Quality News.” This newsletter provides updates on events, regulations, and research, plus a technical tip. To subscribe for online delivery notifications of newly posted editions, visit http://ucanr.org/fwqpnewsletter-reg. You can download quarterly issues from county Cooperative Extension Websites. If you lack access to the internet and wish to receive the newsletter, contact your county UCCE farm advisor or Mary Bianchi at 805-781-5949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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