California and the Netherlands to co-host joint webinar

The World Food Center is partnering on a webinar series on Climate-Smart Agriculture with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands and Wageningen University. The first webinar, on July 7, will feature discussions and presentations addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and along coastal areas.

“Climate Change is furthering collaboration around the globe among farmers and researchers to address strategies for improving agricultural production and sustainability,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross in the department's announcement. “The Netherlands is a good example for practices and approaches on climate smart agriculture that can be beneficial to California.”

The webinar will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and registration is free. The webinar will also be live at the CDFA office in Sacramento.

The goal of the webinar is to reach out to California farmers on the topic of saline agriculture, which is the ability to produce crops with brackish water and in high salinity soils.

UC Davis water specialist Steve Grattan will draw from his scientific perspective in the relationship between salinity and plants, accompanied by WUR researchers. Arjen de Vos of Salt Farm Texel, a producer of saline agriculture in the Netherlands, will provide an overview of his operation, along with Don Cameron, of Terranova Ranch, a diversified farming operation in the Central Valley. 

The webinar is the first in a series of online discussions on Climate-Smart Agriculture to be hosted in the coming months and it extends a growing partnership between the four organizations: UC Davis and WUR—the top two agricultural research universities in the world—and the two governments, which are at the front lines of progressive environmental policy for agriculture.

Top photo: President Louise Fresco and Chancellor Linda Katehi sign an agreement of collaboration. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)