* The 40th class of the California Agricultural Leadership Program was inaugurated Nov. 6 in Sacramento.

The 24 members of the class: Chris Amble of Bakersfield, Randy Assadoor of Clovis, Karm Bains of Yuba City, Yissel Carajas of Camarillo, Jaime Bayona of Lomita, Scott Beylik of Fillmore, Jeff Boldt of Kingsburg, Missy Borel of Sacramento, Melissa Duflock of San Diego, Kyle Goehring of Bakersfield, Bill Hammond of Salinas, Mica Heilmann of Roseville, Erik Jertberg of Watsonville, Matt Jones of Gridley, Kandi Manhart of Chico, Jim Peterson of Colusa, Doug Phillips of Visalia, Mike Poindexter of Clovis, Sarah Reynolds of Williams, Mike Richardson of Fillmore, Jim Shattuck of Folsom, Dan Sutton of San Luis Obispo, Melissa Varcak of Moorpark and David Water of Modesto.

The California Agricultural Leadership Program, a two-year program, develops leaders who will communicate and provide the agriculture industry with a positive influence. Participants attend seminars at universities and travel abroad to hone leadership skills. The program was founded in 1969 and has more than 1,000 alumni.


* Seven youths were awarded scholarships in conjunction with the Magic Valley Dairy Heifer Program at the 2009 Twin Falls County Fair. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of excellence in program participation.

The scholarship committee awarded $500 to Kayliegh Reitsma of Wendell and $750 to Taylor Davis of Twin Falls.

Lael Schoessler of Kimberly, a recent graduate of Kimberly High School, was awarded $1,000 by Vantage Dairy Supplies.

Gabrielle Machado of Buhl, a recent graduate of Castleford High School, was awarded $1,000 by Amalgamated Sugar Co.

Kimberly Dolecheck of Twin Falls was awarded $1,000 by D.L. Evans Bank.

The Magic Valley Dairyman's Golf Tournament Association awarded two scholarships at this year's event -- a $1,500 scholarship to Jessica Callen of Hazelton and a $1,500 scholarship to Katie Busby of Buhl.

Donations from local businesses and individuals have funded more than $72,000 in college scholarships in the 19-year history of the Magic Valley Dairy Heifer Program.

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