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Ag panel to talk aboutclimate change, farming

A meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday will deal with how the state's farmers might meet the challenge of climate change. The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear from experts about the warming that could happen with the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The topics include adapting farming to a changed climate, producing farm-based fuels that emit less carbon dioxide and soaking up some of it in crops. The agenda also includes a discussion on the decline in bees used to pollinate crops. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N St.

Eight dairy farms received Creamery Awards at the Merced County Fair, recognizing the quality of their milk. A total of 676 entries in the region between Madera and Sacramento counties were judged on flavor and bacteria control. The winners and their milk buyers are: Brum de Visser Dairy of Modesto for Berkeley Farms; Pedretti Ranches of El Nido for California Dairies Inc.; James J. Stevinson of Newman for Cal-West Dairymen; L.M. Alves & Son Dairy of Farmington for Dairy Farmers of America; Danny Agueda of Atwater for F&A Dairy of California; Faria Dairy No. 3 of Escalon for Hilmar Cheese Co.; Manuel Soares of Modesto for Nestle Food Co.; and Joseph Gallo Farms' Columbard Dairy of Atwater for Independent Shippers. The fair will run through Sunday.

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