Ranchers and other interested parties can learn about the benefits and issues of livestock grazing on public lands at two free forums Aug. 16 near Santa Rosa.
The first forum will be from 1-4 p.m. for ranchers and public employees. Experts will discuss issues surrounding grazing on public lands and parks.
The second forum will be from 6-8 p.m. and is focused on informing the public about grazing as a tool to manage public and private lands.
Both events will take place at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road. The forums are sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Sonoma County Regional Parks.
To register by Aug. 13, call 565-2621 or visit bit.ly/18w3kqc.
Citrus-pest quarantine in SoCal
California officials have quarantined an area in the state's citrus belt after the discovery of tiny pests capable of killing citrus trees.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday that 178 square miles in Tulare County have been quarantined following the detection two weeks ago of six Asian citrus psyllids around Porterville.
The quarantine prohibits the movement of nursery stock out of the area and requires citrus fruit to be cleaned of leaves and stems. Farmers must also spray their trees with insecticide.
Agriculture department spokesman Steve Lyle said the psyllids did not carry the deadly plant disease known as citrus greening, which has decimated Florida's citrus industry.
Similar quarantines are now in place in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Statistics from this year's state fair
Attendance rose 6.5 percent at this year's California State Fair to 697,045, even though the event was one day shorter than in 2012.
Among the data released for the 17-day fair that concluded July 28:
4,500 people purchased spaghetti ice cream.
11,000 pounds of watermelon were consumed.
4,000 big beef ribs were feasted upon.
9,000 giant turkey legs were eaten.
422 thoroughbreds, 32 mules, 24 quarter horses and 24 Arabians ran in 72 races.
2,924 pounds of fruit and vegetables from fair farms were donated to charity.
60,000 rolls of toilet paper were used.
— Staff and wire reports