Agritourism summit planned

Statewide and local agritourism programs will be explored in a Nov. 4 summit in Stockton.

Organizing Agritourism Support in California: Tools and Strategies will feature agritourism operators, tourism development professionals and county officials who will discuss the necessary steps to operate an agri-tourism enterprise.

Speakers will include Martha Glass, executive director of North Carolina's AgriTourism Networking Association, and representatives from the Apple Hill Growers Association. The summit will also offer breakout sessions for networking, discussion and planning.

Participants will also take away a toolkit of ideas, resources and starter projects to organize agritourism programs in their own regions, including social media tools.

The summit is sponsored by the University of California Small Farm Program and UC Cooperative Extension. Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program also provided funding.

Registration is open. For more information contact Penny Leff at the UC Small Farm Program at paleff@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-7779.

Gathering covers alfalfa, forage

A tour of southern Nevada hay operations and a workshop on biofuels are two of the highlights of the 2011 Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference Dec. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

The conference is designed to educate growers and cover critical new areas for alfalfa, corn silage and many other forages. In addition to the tour and workshop, the conference will feature more than 35 speakers, and a trade show with 40 to 60 exhibitors.

The tour will be at the Two Hawk Ranch in Sandy Valley, where there is alfalfa production under pivot irrigation.

The opening session will cover hay industry trends and world markets. There will also be sessions on the world fertilizer demand, world food prices, and the impact on Western hay producers.

Breakout sessions will cover weed and pest management, forage crops and irrigation.

The Biofuels of the West workshop will be held following the symposium and separate registration is required. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has been invited to speak. The workshop will include presentation of current data, discussion of economics and possibilities of biofuels for Western states. Its objective is to bring together biofuel experts.

Topics will include feedstock production potential, economic potential in the West, biofuel policies and the future of biofuels in the West.

For more information, registration and hotel information, go to ucanr.org/sites/Alfalfa_Forages

Citrus meeting comes to Tulare

The Fall Citrus Meeting will be 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at the agriculture building in Tulare, Calif.

Topics will include molecular diagnosis of citrus pathogens, management of rats and rats in citrus, food safety and earwig control.

Continuing education credits have been requested. Information: 559-685-3319 or cetulare.ucdavis.edu

Holistic grazing workshop set

California Native Grasslands Association will offer a workshop on holistic planned grazing Oct. 13-14 in San Luis Obispo.

Grazing livestock can either restore native species and soils in California grasslands or destroy them depending on how they are managed. That requires sound planning to ensure that livestock are in the right place at the right time and for the right reasons.

This workshop will provide an overview, a refresher of key principles and examples of grazing practices. The classroom portion will explain the principles and field trips will show them in practice.

Instructors will be Richard King, ecologist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rob Rutherford, Cal Poly animal science instructor.

Information: Contact CNGA at www.cnga.org or call 530-661-2280.

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