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Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.

Young Farmers & Ranchers group reorganizing at Feb. 20 bbq

Young adults with an interest in agriculture will gather Feb. 20 at a free barbecue to kick off the first meeting of the reorganized Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers.

The local group, which has been dormant for several years, is part of a state and national network of young agriculturalists between the ages of 18 and 35.

Taylor Serres, a Sonoma Valley resident who works in the wine industry, and Jennifer Beretta, who works on her family’s organic dairy in Santa Rosa, are leading the effort to re-establish the group.

The first event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 970 Piner Road in Santa Rosa. The guest speaker will be Sarah Reynolds, chairman of the California Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

For information or to make reservations for the meeting, contact Serres at 695-9144 or TPSerres18@yahoo.com.

Bovine tuberculosis detected in Tulare County dairy herd

State and federal animal health officials announced Friday they have confirmed the detection of bovine tuberculosis in a dairy herd in Tulare County.

The diagnosis came after inspectors found a suspicious mass on a cow that had been slaughtered. Veterinarians from the state Department of Food and Agriculture began tests that eventually led to the detection of TB in the Tulare County herd.

Officials said they are working closely with the dairy farmer and his veterinarian on strategies to eradicate the disease.

Bovine tuberculosis does not threaten the quality and safety of milk and meat products in California, state officials said.

Almost all milk sold in California is pasteurized to destroy TB and other organisms that could be harmful to humans. The state’s raw milk dairies are regularly tested for TB. All cattle processed for meat are inspected for signs of TB infection and rejected if they show signs of the disease.

World Ag Expo coming this week

An estimated 100,000 visitors from 70 countries will attend this week’s 46th annual World Ag Expo, billed as the largest farm exposition of its kind.

More than 1,400 exhibitors will be on hand Tuesday through Thursday in Tulare.

The event features more than 40 seminars in beef, dairy, hay and forage, international trade, irrigation and general agriculture.

The one-day admission ticket is $12. Visitors also can purchase tickets for farm tours to vineyards, dairies, farms and research facilities.

For more information, go online to www.WorldAgExpo.org.

— By Staff Writer Robert Digitale. Submit items to robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com

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