This year’s expanded Salinas Valley Farm show will feature three seminars, one on workman’s compensation and agriculture; another for pest control advisers sponsored by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers and finally a third on transitioning fields into organic farming.

This year’s event slated for Nov. 3-4 at the Salinas Sports Complex/Salinas Rodeo Grounds and will serve conventional farming and organic operations with hundreds of exhibitors offering irrigation products, water and soil solutions, the latest software and agricultural management services, legal representation, finance, greenhouse products, fertilizers, equipment, machinery, welding and fabrication companies. Equipment will be on display from manufacturers such as SAME tractors, Quinn CAT, Coastal Tractor and a host of companies displaying the latest in equipment, implements and trucks. It will be the largest and most varied list of exhibitors the show has ever offered. The show will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Nov. 4.The workers’ compensation workshop will be held Wednesday morning and the shop and CAPCA continuing education program will be that afternoon. The organic farming seminar is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Donations are $3 at the door and proceeds benefit Gonzales Young Farmers who contribute to local 4- H clubs, FFA as well as provide scholarships to individuals wishing to pursue higher education in agricultural related fields.

Western Farm Press continues as the official show publication for the Nov. 3-4 event.

Started six years ago by the Gonzales Young Farmers as a fund raising opportunity, The Salinas Valley Farm Show is the only event that specifically addresses the needs of coastal farmers with products and equipment aimed at vegetable crops, trees and vines, organic and specialty crops. Packaging, trucking and labor issues faced by the largest agricultural businesses in California will also be addressed.

This year’s event is being managed by Bassi Productions attracting manufacturers and businesses from all over the country anxious to do business on California’s Central Coast. For sponsorship, exhibiting or attendee information please call (408) 682-4700 or visit us on the Web at www.salinasfarmshow.com

In 6th year

The Salinas Valley Farm Show was started six years ago by the Gonzales Young Farmers as a fund raising event for 4-H groups, young farmers and students wishing to pursue careers in agriculture. The show now exceeds 200 exhibitors and it has become the only event of its kind catering to the needs of Coastal Farmers.

Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties are home to the most profitable agricultural businesses in the country with their vegetable and strawberry production. In recent years, that has been bolstered by a booming wine grape industry as well.

Wayne Gularte, president of Gonzales Young Farmers is proud of the efforts his group has made so far, "the show has increased substantially from a small equipment sale to what it has become today." Wayne also points out this is the only opportunity that local growers and agricultural businesses have to see the latest in new equipment and technology, meet local service professionals and find businesses from out of the area who have unique products that can enhance productivity.