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Seminars highlight Salinas Valley Farm Show

Sponsored by Gonzales Young Farmers and Western Farm Press, the show will feature not only about 100 exhibitors, but also a precision agriculture seminar-ride and drive program and a continuing education program for pest control advisors sponsored by the Monterey Bay chapter of the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association (CAPCA)

"The young farmers this year assumed total control of the show and are excited about rejuvenating the show," said show chairman Don Ostini, a longtime member of the Gonzales Young Farmers.

"We have received a lot of support from the community. That is what we want the farm show to be — a community event," said Ostini.

Show hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salinas Valley and Central Coast producers will not only have the opportunity to learn about Global Positioning Technology and precision agriculture, but they can drive a satellite-guided tractor at a special ride and drive area adjacent to the community center.

9 a.m. seminar

Salinas consultant and former University of California Cooperative Extension agricultural engineer John Inman has organized of the seminar that begins at 9 a.m.

"AutoFarm based in Menlo Park, Calif., will have a GPS equipped tractor ready for show attendees to drive in an area adjacent to the community center," said Inman.

The seminar also will feature presentations on satellite field mapping by Ag Soft.

West Hills College representatives also will on the program talking about the GPS training program offered at the college. They’ll also demonstrate the technology with an ATV equipped with a GPS mapping device as well as another vehicle equipped with a GPS guided sprayer.

Admission to the farm show and seminars is free.

There also will be an afternoon forklift rodeo with cash prizes to the winners.

Western Farm Press is a co-sponsor and will be providing a show program.

The Gonzales Young Farmers began more than 60 years ago. Today Young Farmers give more than $7,500 annually in scholarships and provide manpower and financial resources for community events like the Gonzales Community Fair and Monterey County Fair Livestock Judging Contest. Proceeds from the Salinas Valley Farm Show will be used to fund the Young Farmers' work.

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