By signing a letter of intent in December 2015, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Ministry of the Economic Affairs in the Netherlands (EZ) have pledged to cooperate on shared agricultural issues with friendly consultation, knowledge exchange and concrete joint actions. The aim of this collaboration is to enhance Climate-Smart Agriculture practices, resource efficient water management and committed involvement of relevant stakeholders. In that frame, a series of short webinars will be hosted on various aspects of Climate-Smart Agriculture in 2016 and 2017.
The first in the series is a webinar on the Challenges & Opportunities of Saline Agriculture, co-organized by CDFA, EZ, Wageningen UR and UC Davis. The webinar will feature presentations and discussions addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and delta areas in North-Western Europe.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016
9-11 AM PDT (California) or 6-8 PM CEST (The Netherlands)
Saline agriculture, the ability to produce crops with brackish water and in high salinity soils, is an adaptation measure made ever more urgent due to changing climatic conditions, particularly for farmers who deal with these unfavorable growing environments. Adaptation to high salinity settings requires urgent shifts towards alternative crops as well as practices. This webinar, in partnership with University of California’s World Food Center and Wageningen University and Research, will feature academics and practitioners in both locations discussing their experience and research related to the topic.
The webinar will feature an case-study overview by Arjen de Vos of SaltFarm Texel (the Netherlands), a producer of crop varieties with increased salinity tolerance, as well as a perspective from Don Cameron, Terranova Ranch, a diversified farming operation in the Central Valley. Lodewijk Stuyt of Wageningen UR and Steve Grattan from UC Davis will provide a broader context for the discussion.
You are warmly invited to take part in this joint California-Netherlands webinar on Climate-Smart Agriculture. Upon registration you will receive further details on how to participate.