National Agriculture Week celebration planned at Fresno State

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National Agriculture Week celebration planned at Fresno State

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology will host a series of events on the Fresno State campus to promote National Agriculture Week March 13 to 19.

On Tuesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jordan College clubs will host information booths in the Free Speech Area to celebrate National Agriculture Day. The Fresno County Farm Bureau, My Job Depends on Ag and California Women for Agriculture organizations will also be on hand to educate students about the many ways agriculture touches our lives daily.

On Tuesday at the 6 p.m. Fresno State baseball game against Oklahoma, the Jordan College will be featured in Ag Fest promotional activities. Jordan College Interim Dean Sandra Witte will throw out the first pitch, and a livestock animal petting zoo and Mazda Miata racing car refurbished by the Motorsports Club will be featured.

On Wednesday, March 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Jordan College and Ag One Foundation will co-host the Common Threads luncheon with the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation at the International Ag Center in Tulare. The 20th annual event will honor six area women for their philanthropy in the agriculture industry — Laurie Airoso (Tipton), Felomena Barcellos (Tipton), Georgene Diener (Five Points), Matilda Maddox (Riverdale), Lilia Giacomazzi (Hanford) and Witte (Clovis). More information on the event is available online.

On Thursday, March 17, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., four Jordan College students will receive agriculture science recognition awards from 23rd district assemblyman Jim Patterson in the Department of Viticulture and Enology conference room. The ceremony will honor animal science graduate student Meghan Loper (Lemoore) and senior Nick Wolfenden (San Diego), enology senior Megen Morales (Fresno) and plant science graduate student Elizabeth Mosqueda (Soledad) for notable accomplishments in their fields of study. More information is available online.

On Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the student-run Enology Society of Fresno will host its weekly wine tasting for those 21 and older in Enology Building (Room 102). Colman Dennis, department alumnus and its 2014 outstanding undergraduate student achiever, will speak as a representative of Quady Winery. Admission is $10. More society information is at their Facebook webpage.

On Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students from the Alpha Zeta Cal Epsilon will host an information booth at the 11th annual Fresno County Farm and Nutrition Day at the Fresno Fairgrounds. More than 3,500 Fresno Country third-grade students and teachers from 36 different schools will take part in activities that showcase the agriculture industry and the benefits of healthful eating. More information is at www.fcfb.org.

On Friday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in the Family and Food Sciences Building (Room 105), staff and faculty can attend the “Winning with a Healthy Lifestyle” class hosted by Dr. Lisa Herzig, food science and nutrition associate professor. The class is part of the “Healthy You” weekly program that promotes healthy choices for lifelong wellness. Student nutrition counselors provide one-on-one counseling and ongoing body composition analysis. Sign up online.

On Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market will celebrate National Poultry Day with samples of chicken, chicken trivia, a chicken dance contest and a raffle to win a gift basket. On Thursday, the market will also offer a 10-percent discount on select raisin products.

On Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Fresno State Horticulture Nursery will host a spring break veggie plant sale at the Gibson Farm Market. A wide assortment of conventional and certified organic vegetables and herbs will be on sale.

Ag One has also arranged for area agriculture industry representatives to speak to Jordan College classes. Holly Carter from Carter & Co. Communications and Steve Malanca and Erik Wilson from My Job Depends on Ag are among the expected speakers.