The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its 35th annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 20. It will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gene Bian-chi Community Center, 110 S. Second St., Oakdale. Lunch will be provided by the House of Beef. The event will include a discussion on water issues in the Oakdale Irrigation District and beyond. Tickets are $20. Proceeds will go to scholarships for agriculture students. More information is at 847-2244.
Friday is the deadline to nominate people for the 2008 Agriculturalist of the Year Award, to be presented at this summer's California State Fair. The award goes to people who have made notable contributions in farming and related fields. Past recipients include Modesto native Ann Veneman, a former U.S. agriculture secretary and current executive director of UNICEF, and George Gomes of Gustine, undersecretary of food and agriculture for California. For more information and nomination forms, call 916-263-3010 or go online to http://bigfun.org/fair/pdfs/competitions/aoty.pdf.
To submit items about agribusiness, call 578-2385, send a fax to 578-2207, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.