California Department of Food and Agriculture

fertilizer research and education program

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2018 FREP Conference

Annual FREP/WHPA Conference

For over 25 years, FREP has presented its pioneering fertilizer research at annual conferences. Since 2007, FREP has collaborated with the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) to create a conference that balances technical research with discussion on practical application. Presenters from academia, industry, and agricultural consulting provide general and technical information, current research and data, and practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues.

The 2018 conference is October 22-24 in Seaside, California.

2018 Conference Agenda

October 22
1:00-5:00 PM – Pre-Conference Farm Tour
October 23
9:00 AM-4:45 PM – Presentations, including the Panel Discussion
4:45-6:00 PM – Poster Session
October 24
8:15 AM-12:00 PM – Presentations

See the full agenda for details, including the Farm Tour stops, presentation titles, speakers, and times.


Register here: 2018 Registration Form

Pre-Conference Farm Tour

On October 22, 2018, a tour of Huntington Farms and Tanimura & Antle will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, focusing on irrigation and nutrient management practices. Participants will board the tour at Embassy Suites in Seaside. The tour is $25, and registration must be received by October 19, 2018. Additional information will be emailed to you after your registration is received.

Conference Program

    Registration for October 23-24 includes:

  • One and a half days of the latest research and applications for nutrient management, including presentations, a panel discussion, and a poster session.
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 2.
  • The conference presentations and the Proceedings. Select either paper (binder and book) or flash drive as your preferred format. The flash drive includes all past FREP Proceedings and additional resources.

(Aug. 21 - Sept. 24)

(Sept. 25 - Oct. 19)

(Oct. 23 - Oct. 24)

Regular pass




Student pass




Continuing Education Units

Certified Crop Advisor and Grower credits are available for the conference, and details are shown below. Please remember to sign in and out each day to receive your credits.

PCA credits will not be given for the conference.


Certified Crop Advisor


Oct. 22 – Farm Tour

4 total
Nutrient Management: 1
Soil and Water Management: 2
Crop Management: 1


Oct. 23 – Presentations

5 total
Nutrient Management: 2
Soil and Water Management: 1.5
Crop Management: 1.5


Oct. 24 – Presentations

3 total
Nutrient Management: 2
Integrated Pest Management: 1


Call for Posters

Posters must have scientific subjects and research results relevant to the efficient use of fertilizing materials in California conditions, such as local climate, crops, and soils. Posters should describe projects that promote improved nutrient and irrigation management practices in agriculture. Anyone, whether funded by FREP or other entities, may submit an abstract.

If you would like to present a poster at the 2018 FREP/WPHA Conference, submit a one-page abstract to Submissions must include poster title, author names and affiliations, and a short description of the project. Space is limited, and submissions will be selected based on relevance and quality of abstracts. Posters will be displayed during a reception at the end of the first day of the conference, October 23, 2018.


Embassy Suites
1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 393-1115

Conference rate rooms are available until September 21, 2018, or until they run out. The conference rate is available October 22 and 23 for $165 per night.

Reserve your hotel room online.

You may also book your room by calling 1-800-Embassy and referring to the CDFA-FREP/WPHA Conference 2018 or "CDF."

Self-parking: $14 per day

Check out things to do in Seaside.


The Proceedings include a synopsis of FREP’s latest achievements, summaries of current FREP-funded projects and relevant research, and a list of completed FREP projects. See past Conference Proceedings.