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Focus on Ag: Ag leaders chosen for education program

Four residents of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties have been chosen for the 2007 Leadership Farm Bureau program. The program, sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation, provides 250 hours of training on agricultural issues. The 13-member class includes Corrin Amaral, program director for the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau; Amy Christensen of Modesto, director of alumni relations and communication for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation; and Lodi-area wine grape growers Brad Goehring and Stanton Lange. The group will visit Mexico, Washington,D.C., and Central Valley water systems as part of the program.

Trends in California farmland values will be discussed at an April 25 meeting in Sacramento. The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers will hold the annual event from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. The society will release its annual report on land values at the meeting. It also will feature speakers on the state of the dairy, beef and poultry industries. The cost is $150 for society members, $175 for nonmembers and $50 for students and retired members. It includes breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is April 13. More information is available at 368-3672 or

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