Sustainability through soil health

The Thelma Hansen Fund along with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) will host a morning of research updates and speakers focusing on soil health and agricultural sustainability. The Symposium will take place on Thursday February 27 from 8 am until 12 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 450 E Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

“Soil is the basis for plant growth and essentially a non-renewable resource. We need to understand what soil health means in the context of the local climate and soil type, and how agricultural practices can promote long-term health of the soil and the environment” said Dr. Annemiek Schilder, Director of UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Ventura County and the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).

The local agricultural community and public is invited to hear presentations including:

Sustainability Through Sound Fertilization and Irrigation Practices by Dr. Andre Biscaro, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor at University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Ventura County

Soil Health Assessment and Management: Lessons from the Arid and Semiarid Southwest by Dr. John Idowu, Extension Agronomist & Associate Professor at New Mexico State University

Messages from Soil Health Research in the San Joaquin Valley by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, UC ANR Cropping Systems Specialist at Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center.

“The Research Symposium will highlight local research supported by the Thelma Hansen Fund and relevant research done in other regions” Schilder continued.

Advanced registration is requested, but there is no cost to attend this event. Register online at

The Thelma Hansen Fund is a University of California (UC) endowment that supports and maintains University research and extension activities for the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County. Research opportunities are open to UC and non-UC researchers, educators, federal, state, and local public agencies, non-profit organizations, consultants, resource conservation districts, commodity research boards, growers and other interested parties.

UC ANR in Ventura County is comprised of the UCCE Ventura County and the UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center. For more information, please visit

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