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Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

Ag Days to feature bees

More than 3,500 schoolchildren this week will come to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to gaze on baby farm animals, taste local apples and cheese, try the art of roping and learn about life on the farm.

The young people on Tuesday and Wednesday will attend the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Ag Days, a spring tradition for 33 years.

This year’s theme, “Bee Healthy . . . Farm Happy,” celebrates the contribution of bees to farming and food production. A featured exhibit will be the Twin Chefs, 11-year-old Audrey and Lilly Andrews of Sonoma, who will demonstrate some of their favorite snacks made with honey.

More than 50 farm groups and public agencies join in the effort to teach children about agriculture and its contribution to the county.

Sheep-shearing school

UC Cooperative Extension and the National Sheep Shearing Program will offer two sheep-shearing school sessions this spring at a UC research Center in Hopland.

The first session will be from April 29 to May 2; the second from May 6 to 10.

“Sheep shearing is an art that requires a great deal of finesse and lots of hands-on experience,” said John Harper, UC Cooperative Extension adviser for Mendocino and Lake counties. “The five-day course will show participants how to maintain a quality wool clip and how to minimize stress to both the sheep and the sheep shearer.”

The course fee is $295 per person. The deadline to register is April 16. Online credit card registration is available on a secure website at http://cemendocino. ucanr.edu.

Supervisor training

Farm foremen and supervisors can receive management training April 16 at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in Santa Rosa.

Workshops given in Spanish and English will cover the responsibilities of supervisors in implementing worker safety and labor law.

Topics will include labor issues in the field, pesticide hazard communications and material safety data.

The first workshop will be conducted in Spanish from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second, conducted in English, will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Both will be given at the Farm Bureau office, 970 Piner Road.

The cost is $95 for Farm Bureau members and $125 for non-members. Reservations are required by April 8. For more information, call 544-5575.

— Robert Digitale

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