3 events set at ag center for farmers, ranchers

Farmers and ranchers can learn about financing at a free event near Modesto on Monday. Lenders and other experts will talk about loan applications, credit histories, business plans and other things that go into paying for land, equipment and other needs. The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harvest Hall at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, off Crows Landing Road. Breakfast will be served. The meeting is sponsored by California FarmLink, which helps young people get into farming and older farmers plan for the next owners.

Stanislaus County Young Farmers and Ranchers will meet for dinner Wednesday and hear from two growers who are seeking public office. The group is made up of people 18 to 35 years old and involved in agriculture and related businesses. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in Harvest Hall at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way. The speakers will include Bill Berryhill of Ceres, who is running for the state Assembly, and Vito Chiesa of Hughson, running for the county Board of Supervisors. Casey Cooley of the California Farm Bureau Federation will speak at the event as well. The dinner is free. People planning to attend should send an e-mail to

Almond growers are invited to the 2008 North San Joaquin Valley Almond Day, set for Jan. 22. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center. Topics will include irrigation, pruning, disease and weed control. The event is sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension. For more information, call 525-6800.

Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at jholland@modbee. com or 578-2385.