Agriculture briefs

<b>Farm Bureau holds workshop for pesticide applicators</b>

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will hold a Dec. 16 workshop in Santa Rosa for pesticide applicators and certified crop advisers.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farm Bureau office, 970 Piner Road.

The workshop will cover information including the attraction of beneficial cavity nesting birds and the employment of barn owls. The workshop will also cover Olive Fruit Fly infestations and new regulations affecting the Hazard Communication Standard.

Advanced registration is required by Dec. 10. The cost is $55 per person. For information, contact the Farm Bureau at 707-544-5575 or info@sonomafb.org

<b>Giacomini family honored for conservation at Point Reyes dairy</b>

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company has been given the 2013 California Leopold Conservation Award, which honors private landowners for management of natural resources.

The cheese company is owned and operated by Bob Giacomini and daughters Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill in coastal Marin County, where the family began milking cows in 1959.

The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is presented by Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation.

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