AGQ Labs sponsors the 2017 Agricultural Waiver Water Quality Workshop hosted by the Ventura County Agricultural Irrigated Lands Group (VCAILG) and Farm Bureau of Ventura County (FBVC) on November, 14th at the Agriculture Museum of Ventura County in Santa Paula
This workshop was hosted to provide education on the latest water quality regulations and grant funding available for best management practices improvements. More than 100 farm operators attended the workshop.
In 2005, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a “Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Lands” (Order No. R4-2005-0080). Known informally as the “Conditional Waiver” or “Ag Waiver” program, it requires the owners of irrigated farmland to perform monitoring and implement Best Management Practices when water quality benchmarks are exceeded.
The Conditional Waiver addresses irrigation runoff, tile drain discharges, and storm water runoff. These discharges can affect water quality by transporting nutrients, pesticides, sediment, salts, and other pollutants from cultivated fields to surface or groundwater. In 2006, the Ventura County Agricultural Irrigated Lands Group (VCAILG) was formed as one unified Discharger Group in Ventura County, allowing individual landowners and growers to comply with the Conditional Waiver by working collectively, sharing costs and resources. Since its formation, VCAILG successfully complied with the first and second Conditional Waivers.
The second Conditional Waiver was adopted October 7, 2010 (Order No R4-2010-0186). VCAILG is now implementing a third Conditional Waiver (Order No R4-2016-0143), adopted April 14, 2016.Because VCAILG is an unincorporated organization, the Farm Bureau of Ventura County acts as the responsible entity for the collection of funds, providing education, and handling other fiscal and business matters.
Farm Bureau of Ventura County was born in 1914. Although the organization has changed a great deal over the past century, its core mission – to represent, serve and support local agriculture – has not. The Ventura County Farm Bureau had 300 dues-paying members, and it immediately began organizing demonstrations, meetings and ranch visits by the county’s first Farm Advisor, William B. Parker. At the time, walnuts, apricots, lima beans, lemons and oranges were the top crops. Farm Bureau’s role has expanded greatly since those early days, however, and now includes political and legislative advocacy, public education, assistance with regulatory compliance, and media relations. As it enters its second century, Farm Bureau continues to evolve and innovate — just like the industry it represents. The organization establishes and provides key support to the Ventura County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, a nonprofit that solicits tax-deductible contributions to finance academic scholarships, research grants, and educational activities.
AGQ Labs USA is a proud Member of Farm Bureau of Ventura County and has participated during the last years in several workshops. You can obtain more information about Farm Bureau of Ventura County here.
Our Agronomy Director, Kenny Lam, and his team met with many FBVC members and other agribusiness professionals to explain the solutions AGQ Labs can provide as a Control Laboratory and Technological Center.
It was a good opportunity to give more details about the services provided by AGQ Labs USA, although 3 were the main topics:
(1) Cell Wall Calcium: this analysis is a diagnostic tool for evaluating quality parameters related to the appearance and market life of the product. AGQ Labs has developed a state-of-the-art analysis of the Cell Wall Calcium fraction in fruit, a good tool for diagnosing alterations in pre- and post-harvest quality.
(2) Soil Factory Lab: a new approach to laboratory analysis for agricultural soils. Our high-tech equipment and production design allows us to offer the best response times and the most competitive pricing on the market. Soil Factory Lab combines our extensive experience and training in agricultural soil analysis with the most advanced laboratory equipment for total automation of the analytical processes needed.
(3) Crop Nutritional Monitoring: AGQ Labs has been monitoring and evaluating the chemical needs of crops for over 20 years and we have helped clients around the world increase crop production, improve product quality and size, optimize fertilizer and water usage, control salinity and establish zero pesticide leaching methods.AGQ Labs has developed an internal proprietary procedure for crop nutritional monitoring and control that is based on the analysis of soil solutions that are extracted by AGQ Labs’ patented suction lysimeter probes. AGQ Labs’ Crop Nutritional Monitoring Program is based on the comprehensive control of the Soil-Plant-Water system.
AGQ Labs has differentiated itself from other laboratories by using state-of-the-art instruments to perform services rapidly, accurately, and cost effectively for customer needs. Through our international and accredited network of laboratories and R&D and consulting services, we get to the root of the problem by finding the most reliable, sustainable, and valuable solution.
For more information please visit our Agronomy section here.