SAREP Solution Centers
SAREP Solution Centers use new communication and engagement methods to provide information for decision support to farmers, ranchers and communities across California, and a variety of outreach partners, including UC advisors and specialists.
These virtual and in-person engagement efforts are meant to increase the accessibility of university research and create opportunities for farmers and researchers to engage in discussion around specific topics pertinent to California agriculture. Learn more about the Solution Center from our concept note.
SAREP Solution Center for Nutrient and Irrigation Management
SAREP is currently piloting its first Solution Center, the Solution Center for Nutrient and Irrigation Management, to help growers and agriculture professionals have better access to information and resources pertaining to nutrient management.
In recent years, nutrient management (particularly nitrogen) has become an increasingly important issue in California. Nutrient management plays an essential role in ensuring the healthy growth of agricultural crops, but can be a source of environmental contamination when used in excess. Balancing the needs of crops with the protection of California’s people and environment has become a major priority in our state’s agriculture.
The information farmers and agriculture professionals need to meet changing nutrient management requirements is often disparate and difficult to access. The Solution Center for Nutrient and Irrigation Management will be an information resource on nutrient management and will provide opportunities to engage with researchers and farmers on pressing nutrient management needs.
The Solution Center will feature:
- Online discussion forums open to farmers, researchers, and agriculture professionals to engage with one another on specific nutrient management topics
- A database of information on nutrient management practices and how they interact with other farming decisions. This will be a growing resource that incorporates UC research on nutrient management.
- In-person field days to help farmers better understand topic- and seasonally-specific nutrient management challenges.
- Decision-making tools created by UC researchers and farm advisors to help farmers and agriculture professionals better manage nutrients.
The Solution Center for Nutrient and Irrigation Management will leverage existing Resources and add value to them by synthesizing research, better connecting the agricultural community with current research, and providing opportunities for active engagement over current nutrient management issues.
Topics on the Solution Center will include:
- Crop-specific best management practices for nutrient management, including practices for organic agriculture
- Environmental implications of different management practices
- Farm management implications of different management practices (i.e. yield, crop quality, irrigation design, etc)
- Soil testing and monitoring
- Current regulatory requirements for farmers
Development of the Solution Center for Nutrient and Irrigation Management is currently underway. Online discussion forums will begin in early 2014 and will be hosted throughout the year. The Solution Center website will also be live in early 2014. We will be actively looking information and resources to add to this growing effort, as well as participants in online discussion forums.
If you are interested in being involved with the Solution Center, or have questions about the project, contact Aubrey White.