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Colusa Farm Show to feature talks on irrigation, immigration

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Tim Hearden
Presentations on almond irrigation and immigration reform will highlight the Colusa Farm Show Feb. 4-6. Other events in the next week include the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference in Anderson, Calif., and the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale.

COLUSA, Calif. — Presentations on irrigation and immigration will highlight the 49th annual farm show here Feb. 4-6.

A winter almond meeting on the show’s first day will include University of California Cooperative Extension experts’ advice on how to irrigate almonds in a drought year and manage groundwater conditions.

The 8:30 a.m. meeting will also feature discussions on pests and disease and information on several tree density and pruning field trials.

On Feb. 5, the 12th annual Colusa Farm Show breakfast will include Washington, D.C., employment and business immigration attorney Monte Lake, who will discuss the prospects for new farm worker programs in 2014 as part of immigration reform.

A former deputy district attorney and deputy attorney general in Sacramento, Lake serves as counsel to several organizations, including the California Farm Bureau Federation and Nisei Farmers League, according to a news release.

Sponsored by the California State University-Chico College of Agriculture and its supporters, the breakfast has raised nearly $200,000 for scholarships and leadership programs, the release stated. Last year’s keynote speaker was Gov. Jerry Brown, whose family owns a ranch in Colusa County.

Tickets for the breakfast are $30 in advance or $40 at the door; call (530) 898-5844.

The workshop and breakfast highlight a three-day festival at which tractors and other large equipment fill the parking lot and some lawn areas at the Colusa County Fairgrounds while smaller products are displayed indoors. Organizers estimate as many as 400,000 visitors typically attend the self-proclaimed “Granddaddy of Farm Shows.”

Vendors have said for the past several years that their sales have been good and getting better, buoyed by strength of prices for rice, nuts and other crops grown in the Central Valley. For the San Leandro, Calif.-based Cummins West Inc., which specializes in providing power units and booster pumps for irrigation systems, the farm show is a chance to cultivate new clients.

“We talk to a lot of the end users and build relationships from there, and they talk to our distributors,” territorial manager John Ray said at last year’s show. “It’s a very good tool to talk to end users.”

The farm show is one of several agricultural events happening in the region in the next week. Among the others:

• The 65th annual Sierra Cascade Logging Conference will take place at the Shasta District Fair grounds in Anderson, Calif., Feb. 6-8. The conference and forest products expo will include speakers and panel discussions as well as an education day with area schoolchildren, logging exhibitions, log loading and truck driving skills competitions and a “backhoe rodeo”.

• The 54th annual Klamath Bull and Horse Sale Feb. 6-9 in Klamath Falls, Ore., will include a Western trade show, stock dog trials, stock horse classes, a bull and horse sale and a ranch rodeo.

Online

Colusa Farm Show: http://www.colusafarmshow.com

Sierra Cascade Logging Conference: http://sierracascadeexpo.com

Klamath Bull and Horse Sale: http://www.klamathbullsale.com



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