Ag notes: Ecology, ag program at Stan State

  • Professor Miguel Altieri, an expert on agricultural ecology at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak Wednesday at California State University, Stanislaus. The free program will be at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center on the Turlock campus. Altieri will speak about the prospects in the 21st century for producing food while conserving natural resources. The talk is part of a semiannual series sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit. More information is available by calling 664-6648.
  • Escalon Fair Boosters will hold a rib dinner April 5 at the Escalon Sportsman Club on River Road. Cocktails at will be at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. The event will feature silent and live auctions. The $25 tickets are available at the Escalon High School agriculture department. Donated items for the auctions can be dropped off there, or pickup can be arranged. For more information, contact Pamela Sweeten at 606-1418 or
  • A pair of April 9 meetings will help dairy farmers protect their cows from the stress that can happen during extreme heat, as in July 2006. Frank Delfino, a specialist in dairy nutrition under extreme weather conditions, will be the speaker. Nutritionists and veterinarians in the area are invited. The meetings are sponsored by Alltech Inc., a Kentucky-based company involved in animal health. One will be at 2 p.m. at the Branding Iron Restaurant, 640 W. 16th St., Merced. The other will be at 6 p.m. at Barnwood Restaurant & Catering, 338 E. Main St., Ripon. Admission is free, but people planning to attend should call 559-226-0405 in advance.
  • To submit items about agribusiness, call 578-2385, send a fax to 578-2207, or send an e-mail to