Tulare, Calif.-based AgBusiness Resources plans a Specialty Crops School July 30 to Aug. 1 at the Visalia Convention Center.

Topics include global market opportunities for specialty crops, traceability and precision practices. Field trips to local farms, processing facilities, packinghouses and research centers are scheduled.

Tuition is $1,900 and includes printed materials, resource information, transportation and lunches, according to a news release.

Class size is limited. Registration and curriculum information is online.

Speakers include:


  • Mechel Paggi, agricultural economist and director of the Center for Agribusiness at Fresno State University on economics, risk and opportunities in specialty crops;
  • Caroline Stringer, a senior specialist in global technical and regulatory affairs for the Almond Board of California, on the trade group’s research and worldwide marketing programs;
  • Cliff Ohmart, vice president of professional services with SureHarvest, on differences in organic, sustainable and conventional production and what customers are asking for; and
  • Larry Schwankl, statewide irrigation specialist at the University of California, Davis, and water quality consultant Kay Mercer of KMI on farm nutrient management and emerging fertilizer regulations.