Agriculture

Focus On Ag: $24,000 in ag scholarships given

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce presented a total of $24,000 to 23 graduating high school students at its annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon. That brought the nine-year totals to 151 scholarships and $138,050 in cash. The chamber has given about $57,000 to other agricultural education efforts, including more than $30,000 for the 4-H Farmyard Experience at the Stanislaus County Fair. The chamber's Ag Committee raised more than $25,000 at this year's luncheon.

    

Del Monte Foods dedicated solar electricity systems Friday at its tomato cannery in Hanford and its peach and zucchini cannery in Kingsburg. The company plans a system at its Modesto fruit cannery but has not worked out the details with the Modesto Irrigation District, which could provide a rebate. The Hanford and Kingsburg plants have a combined 1.9 megawatts of power, using rooftop panels from SunPower Corp. of San Jose. The savings, compared with conventional power, will be about $25 million over 30 years, according to Del Monte.

    

Growers can learn how to conserve water amid the drought at a workshop Wednesday at California State University, Fresno. The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will have information on irrigation scheduling and soil monitoring, among other topics. Lunch will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the campus's Center for Irrigation Technology and PureSense Inc., an Oakland-based company that helps growers with irrigation and fertilization. People planning to attend should call 510-444-1631 or go to www.puresense.com.

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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