That’s good news. Each passing storm brings greater hope that there will be adequate irrigation water for the growing season. As for the farm show, wet weather poses only a minor inconvenience since the fairgrounds at Stockton, are paved with most exhibits indoors in five permanent buildings totaling 200,000 square feet.

The Stockton show targets a $12 billion agricultural market covering 26 northern and central California counties. The Western Farm Press booth will be located in Building 2, Space 202

The free parking lots open at 8:30 a.m. so bring your umbrella and enjoy the ag expo, the first major farm show of the year in California.

Show gates open at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Gates close at 5 p.m. the first two days and at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

New this year is will be a tractor auction scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. Mulrooney Auction Co. will auction fully functioning tractors ranging from 10 to 100 horsepower.

For more information on entering tractors and load in dates and times, call (209) 547-2960.

Seminar Schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 21

10 a.m.: "Farmland Preservation, " Theresa Kiehn, Great Valley Center, Modesto, Calif.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: National Agri-Marketing Association-sponsored seminar: "Producing and Marketing a Safe Food Supply."

"Consumer Food Concerns – Does Safety Matter?" Dr. Christine Bruhn, consumer food marketing specialist, UC Davis.

"Food Safety Issues & Strategies for Companies." Mark Munger, agricultural marketing consultant, Munger Marketing Services.

"When Have Food Safety Regulations Gone Too Far?" Chris Zanobini, executive director, California Pear Advisory Board.

1 p.m. "Death Taxes and its Effect on the Farmer," Lupe Hernandez, IRS.

2 p.m. "Buy California" Campaign Panel Discussion, Scott Horsfall.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

10 a.m. "Voluntary Farm Conservation Program," David Simpson, USDA.

11 a.m. "Employment Issues for the Farmer," Lupe Hernandez, IRS.