AI and sustainable farming focus of May 7 workshop with UC, partners

Apr 23, 2024

On May 7, scientists from University of California, Riverside, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, Colorado State University Extension, Kansas State University, University of Arizona, Central Arizona Project, and USDA-Agricultural Research Service will gather with growers in Palm Desert to discuss how artificial intelligence can be used in agriculture.

“Artificial intelligence can be used by farmers to save water, improve fertilizer efficiency and increase productivity,” said Khaled Bali, UC Cooperative Extension irrigation water management specialist and organizer of the workshop. “At this workshop, growers will hear about the latest research on AI technology for agriculture and about the experiences of growers who are already testing it in their fields.”

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Raj Khosla, Kansas State University - AI for precision nitrogen and water management in row crops
  • Michael Cahn, UC Cooperative Extension - CropManage decision support tool for irrigation and nutrient management
  • Daniele Zaccaria, UC Cooperative Extension - Citrus crop water use and open ET in the low desert of California
  • Nan Li, UC Riverside - Estimating soil moisture using remote-sensing and land surface parameters in the Central Valley of California.
  • Ali Montazar, UC Cooperative Extension - Promises and pitfalls of drip irrigation in desert cropping systems
  • Khaled Bali, UC Cooperative Extension - Deficit irrigation strategies for alfalfa in California
  • Philip Waisen, UC Cooperative Extension - Environmentally conscious practices for managing soilborne diseases in low desert vegetable production
  • Peter Moller, Rubicon Water - On-farm water conservation projects: surface irrigation
  • Ronnie Leimgruber, Imperial Valley grower - On-farm water conservation projects: linear move, basin and subsurface drip irrigation
  • Rick Benson, Imperial Valley grower - Alternative cropping systems for the low desert region of California: olives and other crops

The workshop will be held at the UCR Palm Desert Center at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desertfrom 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7. It costs $30 per person and includes lunch. Register at


By Pamela S Kan-Rice
Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach