Surendra Dara, the University of California Cooperative Extension’s strawberry and vegetable crops adviser, will host the annual Santa Maria strawberry and vegetable meeting set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28.

There is no charge for attending the meeting in Shepard Hall of the Santa Maria Public Library, and a free lunch will be provided for participants, a UC Cooperative Extension spokesman said.

Spanish interpretation will also be provided.

University of California farm advisers, scientists and researchers and professionals in the agriculture industry will provide information and updates on a variety of pest management and related issues.

Some of the topics to be covered include host resistance for crown rot and verticillium wilt, plant dip treatments to control anthracnose, using cover crops, potential of nonchemical alternatives for pest disease and management, climate impacts and weed management in lettuce.

The spokesman said 3½ Department of Pesticide Regulations units and five Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units have been approved for those who attend the meeting.

The meeting is open to growers as well as others involved in the strawberry and vegetable industries.

For a detailed meeting agenda and to register online, visit to http://ucanr.edu/2017berryveggiemeeting.

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