Modesto Junior College will hold its 55th annual Future Farmers of America Field Day on the east and west campuses March 29. More than 1,500 students from 100-plus high schools in California will compete in 20 ag-related contests. They include mechanics, pest control, dairy cattle, business management, floriculture, poultry, and fruit and vegetable crops. The contests will begin at 7:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium on the east campus. More information is at 575-6200.
The Modesto Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th annual Ag Aware luncheon, a fund-raiser for FFA programs in Modesto City Schools, on April 3. The event, co-sponsored by Blue Diamond Growers, will be at 11:30 a.m. at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. The keynote speaker will be Dan Sciabica of Nick Sciabica & Sons, an olive oil producer in Modesto. Tickets are $25 per person. Table sponsorships, including eight tickets, are $350. They are available at the chamber, 1114 J St. For more information, call Minnie Dodge at 577-5757.
Big Tree Organic Farms, an almond growers cooperative based in Turlock, will hold a workshop on weed and pest management Thursday in Livingston. It is open to organic producers and to other growers interested in sustainable farming. The event will start at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Hall, 11695 Olive Ave. Lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of Nakashima Farms near Livingston. The event is free, but preregistration is required. More information is at 669-3678 or www.organicalmond.info.
Landowners who would like to enhance wildlife habitat can apply next week for a federal program that covers 75 percent of the cost. The money can go to projects such as restoring native plants, improving streams and aiding protected species. Sign-ups will be done Monday through Friday at offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information, call 491-9320 for Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties, 472-7127 for San Joaquin and Calaveras counties, or 722-4119 for Merced and Mari- posa counties.
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