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Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

Workshop on drought resources for farmers

Farmers will gather Monday in Cloverdale to learn about drought resources for themselves and for farmworkers.

The public session will provide information on state and federal government programs that are designed to help farmers and ranchers with water conservation, crop insurance and other management issues.

The topics also will include farmworker assistance programs.

The session is sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Among the agencies present Monday will be the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, Rural Development and Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as the California Employment Development Department.

The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds Auditorium, 1 Citrus Fair Drive. More information is available at

Free symposium on sudden oak death

Sonoma County landowners can learn about managing forests against sudden oak death at a free symposium Saturday in Occidental.

At the event, UC experts Greg Giusti and Steven Swain will speak on forest ecology and how the diseases can affect forest fires. Ted Swiecki of Phytosphere Research will lead a forest tour, and landowner Susan Anderson will speak on forest management.

The UC Cooperative Extension and the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District are the event’s sponsors, with funding from the USDA’s Forest Service.

The symposium runs 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salmon Creek Middle School, 1935 Bohemian Highway. Lunch will be included.

To register online, go to For more information, contact Lisa Bell, 565-2050 or

Five vying for local Dairy Princess title

Five young women will compete for the title of Dairy Princess at the upcoming District 3 Dairy Princess Contest & Ball on April 5 in Petaluma.

The contestants are Casa Grande High’s Ellorine Carle of Penngrove; Tomales High’s Julianna Bibee of Petaluma; Petaluma High’s Jeannette Downer-Lanatti of Petaluma; and two Analy High students, Gianna Pendleton and Gina Piccinini, both of Sebastopol.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S. Doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by the contest at 7 p.m. and a buffet dinner and dance at 8:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact Judy Buttke at

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