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Rancher/talk-show host will give talk

The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting and dinner April 19 at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. The event will feature nominations of officers and a talk by Trent Loos, a Nebraska rancher who hosts a radio show about rural America. A social hour will start at 5:30p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are priced at $30 each and must be reserved by Friday by calling 522-7278.


The Central Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association will hold is annual awards and scholarship banquet April 17 in Atwater. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Atwater Pentecost Hall, 1421 Third St. Tickets are $15. People planning to attend should call 356-0355 by Friday.


Nominations are being sought for the second annual Leopold Conservation Award, which honors California farmers and ranchers who protect wildlife habitat, soil and other resources. The $10,000 award is named for the late Aldo Leopold, whose 1949 book, "A Sand County Almanac," helped inspire the environmental movement. Last year's award went to Randy and Brad Lange, who grow wine grapes near Lodi. The 2007 award will be presented at the Dec. 3 annual meeting of the California Farm Bureau Federation. This group is co-sponsoring the award with the Sand County Foundation, based in Wisconsin, and Sustainable Conservation, based in San Francisco. The nomination deadline is June 29. More information is available at www.leopoldconservation award. org. or 415-977-0380.

To submit items about agribusiness, call 578-2385, send a fax to 578-2207, or send an e-mail to jholland@modbee.com.

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