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Fourth Latino Farmer Conference draws ranchers across western U.S. to Santa Maria

More than 200 Latino farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers from across California and the West gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria on Thursday for "Growing Together," the fourth conference for Latino ranchers, farmers and agricultural producers in the western U.S.

Conference organizer Christine Chavez, who works as an outreach coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, said the agency concocted the idea for the conference in 2015. Co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and National Center for Appropriate Technology, the daylong event was designed to link Latino agricultural producers with resources available at the local, state and federal levels.   Read more....

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