Meeting Announcement: American Society of Agronomy CA Plant and Soil Conference

Nov 25, 2023

Mark here - folks I'm on the planning committee this year, and I definitely participated with an eye to serving the needs of our Central Coast agriculture, in particular the berries.  if you have the time give it a whirl, really really good mix of speakers.


PRESS RELEASE: CA Plant and Soil Conference takes place on February 6-7, 2024

The 2024 California Plant and Soil Conference will be held on February 6-7 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Fresno. The conference is organized by the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy (CA ASA). Registration is now open through the conference website (

The annual conference provides an opportunity for students, professionals, and other attendees to increase their knowledge of current topics of agronomic importance in California. Many Certified Crop Advisers and Pest Control Advisers attend the conference to earn continuing education units that are important to their professional standing. The agenda includes new items this year:

  • Two additional sessions with 6 speakers will be offered on Wednesday afternoon after the business lunch.
  • A student-mentor breakfast meeting will be held on Wednesday morning with round-table discussions over a shared meal to hear about mentors' experiences and career paths in agricultural science fields. It is a great opportunity to network and broaden your perspective.

This year's conference will convene sessions covering the following topics:

  • Are We Ready? Adapting Agronomy to an Uncertain Future
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Nutrient Management
  • Micronutrients
  • Animal-Plant Systems Management
  • Soil Management
  • California IPM toolbox
  • Pesticide Resistance
  • Bees, pollinators
  • Groundwater Recharge
  • On-farm water management

In addition to presentations on these topics, there will be an award ceremony to honor individuals who served the profession through their careers, a student poster competition, non-competitive professional posters, and the CA ASA business meeting. Sponsorship opportunities are available to support student participation; please see the conference website for more information ( Early bird registration is available through January 12th.

The conference is planned and presented by a team of volunteer professional agronomists from research institutions, cooperative extension, public agencies, and private companies. If you are interested in serving on the board, or have questions about the conference, please contact a current board member (

The CA ASA organization was founded in April 1971 by a group of California agronomists who recognized the value in creating a forum to focus on California agriculture. The purpose of the annual meeting is to promote research, disseminate scientific information, foster high standards of educational and ethical conduct in the profession, and facilitate robust cooperation among organizations with similar missions.

By Mark Bolda
Author - Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries