If the series of El Nino-spawned Pacific storms continue to freight train into California, it could be wet for the 27th annual Stockton Ag Expo Jan. 21-23 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, Calif.

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 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.