Leadership group selects Delhi man

Ladi Asgill of Delhi, who helps farmers protect the environment with a group called Sustainable Conservation, has been selected for the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He is among 24 people who will take part in a two-year program aimed at building leadership skills. It goes well beyond agriculture, exposing the members to such things as San Quentin State Prison and youth programs in East Los Angeles. The program, founded in 1969, features a trip to another part of the United States and to a foreign region. Asgill, a native of Sierra Leone, is an agricultural economist and financial consultant. His work for Sustainable Conservation, which has a Modesto office, includes helping Central Valley farmers turn manure into energy and till the soil with little impact on the environment.

The Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, which promotes logging and other resource uses, will hold its annual dinner Jan. 19 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. It will start at 4 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by a buffet at 6:30. The keynote speaker will be Steve Brink, vice president of the California Forestry Association. The $25 tickets must be reserved by Friday. They can be ordered by phone or fax, 586-7816; by e-mail,; or by mail, P.O. Box 1056, Twain Harte 95383.

A Jan. 16 meeting in Lodi will provide information on growing organic cherries. The event will cover pest control, irrigation runoff, marketing and other topics. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, at the corner of Oak and Hutchins streets. Lunch will be provided. People planning to attend should call the University of California Cooperative Extension, 468-2085. It is sponsoring the meeting with the California Cherry Advisory Board and the San Joaquin County Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation.

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