Indemnity forms due Sept. 14

Farmers and ranchers have until Monday, Sept. 14 to apply for benefits under the USDA Farm Service Agency's Livestock Indemnity Program

The program provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from disaster. The program compensates livestock owners and contract growers from losses in excess of normal mortality because of adverse weather, according to a news release.

The deadline also looms for ranchers to file a notice of loss for livestock deaths between Jan. 1 and July 12 of this year. The final date to apply for funds from this year's losses is Jan. 30.

CAPCA to hold

35th conference

The California Association of Pest Control Advisors will hold its 35th annual conference with the theme, "CAPCA: Surviving Changes," on Oct. 25-27 in Sparks, Nev.

More than 1,000 advisors are expected to attend the conference, which includes two full days of speakers discussing an array of topics affecting pest management.

Breakout sessions will also discuss trees and vines, vegetables and row crops and vegetative and pastures management, according to a press release. An Agri-Expo trade show will also be featured.

Conference registration is online at

PLC meeting to

discuss grazing

California will host the 2009 national Public Lands Council annual meeting later this month, as ranchers gather in Sacramento on Sept. 22-24.

The council advocates for ranchers' ability to maintain grazing on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands throughout the West.

The event will include numerous educational seminars, business meetings and social events, providing both agency and private perspectives on grazing on federal lands, according to a California Cattlemen's Association bulletin.

For more information or registration details, call the cattlemen's association at 916-444-0845.

-- Tim Hearden

Conservation seminar Sept. 15

The International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State and the U.S. Department of Commerce will address effects on the nation's $297 billion agriculture industry from climate variability.

The one-day seminar is set up to help agriculture related businesses learn about strategies for growth, dealing with climate variability, and enhancing competitiveness.

Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and International Trade Administration will contribute to the seminar. Agency and industry experts will be on hand to give updates on the latest programs and services for agri-business.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Registration is $30 per person and includes lunch. To register and see a detailed agenda, go to the web site

PLC announces annual meeting

The 2009 Public Lands Council annual meeting will be held Sept. 22-24, in Sacramento.

The agenda includes presentations from the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Society for Range Management as well as discussions about bighorn sheep and estate tax. Association business, and a tour of the California wine country are also scheduled.

The host hotel will be the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza.

-- Cecilia Parsons

APHIS fee meeting Sept. 17

Effective Oct. 1, USDA/APHIS will begin imposing a user fee on all federal phytosanitary certificates issued by state or county cooperators. California Citrus Mutual has arranged for USDA representatives to conduct an informational session for interested parties from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Tulare County Ag Building auditorium, 4437 South Laspina St., Tulare.

The meeting will cover the difference between the $3 fee and the $6 fee as well as various payment options. There will be a presentation on setting up and utilizing the interactive web-based program for issuing and tracking photos and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

PCIT information is available on California Citrus Quality Council website

VOC discussion will be Sept. 28

A public meeting to discuss California's efforts to reduce ozone forming volatile organic compounds from pesticide use in the Central Valley will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Modesto.

Air Resources Board and Department of Pesticide Regulation staff will make brief presentations but the majority of the meeting will be devoted to public comment and discussion. Mary Ann Warmerdam, DPR director and ARB Executive Director James Goldstene and ARB member Dorene D'Adamo will lead the discussions.

The meeting will be held at Harvest Hall, the Stanislaus County agricultural commissioner's office, 3800 Cornucopia Way.

-- Cecilia Parsons

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