Farm Bureau holds safety training workshops
The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will hold a series of safety training workshops for agricultural workers in February and March.
Each workshop will cover a range of topics including pruning and pesticide safety training, forklift, tractor and ATV safety; heat stress and field hygiene.
The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 and March 11 and 12 at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 970 Piner Road in Santa Rosa. The workshop on March 12 will be conducted in English. The other workshops will be presented in Spanish.
The cost is $75 for Farm Bureau members and $105 for non-members. Registration is required by Feb. 3. To register, contact 707-544-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA Plant and Soil Conference coming to Fresno
The 43rd annual California ASA Plant and Soil Conference will be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Fresno.
The conference will focus on agronomic topics that are of importance to growers, consultants, suppliers, educators and governmental organizations. Topics include nutrient, salinity and pest management in crops; water and drought management; and the effect of farm practices on soil quality.
The conference is sponsored by the California chapter of the American Society of Agronomy and the California Certified Crop Advisors. For information, visit http://calasa.ucdavis.edu
Extreme weather threatens farmers
Volatile weather around the world is taking farmers on a wild ride.
Too much rain in northern China damaged crops in May, three years after too little rain turned the world’s second-biggest corn producer into a net importer of the grain. Dry weather in the U.S. will cut beef output from the world’s biggest producer to the lowest level since 1994, following 2013’s bumper corn crop, which pushed America’s inventory up 30 percent. British farmers couldn’t plant in muddy fields after the second-wettest year on record in 2012 dented the nation’s wheat production.
“Extreme weather events are a massive risk to agriculture,” said Peter Kendall, president of the British National Farmers Union, who raises more than 3,900 acres of grain crops in Bedfordshire, England.
Farm ministers from around the world gathered in Berlin Saturday to discuss climate change and food production at an annual agricultural forum.
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