MJC Agricultural & Environmental Sciences E-News
March 20, 2019
In this Edition:
  • Featured Major - Agriculture Mechanics

  • Porterville Collegiate Livestock Show

  • FFA Field Day - Volunteers Needed

  • Soil Health Workshops

  • Scholarships

  • AS Election

  • MJC Horticulture Plant Sale
UPCOMING EVENTS:

March
  • 23rd- MJC Field Day
  • 29th- YF Oakland A's Game
April
  • 6th- Annual Plant Sale
  • 11th- YF Dodgeball
  • 23rd- MJC Ag Last Breakfast
May
  • 3rd - MJC Graduation
Featured Major
Agriculture Mechanics
This week we would like to highlight another of our popular majors, Agriculture Mechanics ! Modesto Junior College Mechanized Agriculture is dedicated to the success of all students, whether that success comes in the form of skills to assist with career placement or meeting educational needs of students that are in pursuit of further education and advanced degrees. Modesto Junior College believes that all students have the potential for success. Explore what MJC has to offer to those interested in a career in Agriculture Mechanics. 
Porterville Collegiate
Livestock Show
On March 8th and 9th Modesto Junior College Livestock Show Teams competed at the Porterville Collegiate Jackpot. Agriculture programs from many colleges participated including: San Joaquin Delta College, Merced College, Reedley College and Cal Poly Pomona. MJC had three livestock species well represented; Beef, Sheep and Swine. The event began on Friday, March 8th with the Swine Show. Students representing Modesto Junior College did well in all divisions including Showmanship, Breeding and Market. 
MJC FFA Field Day
The time has come! MJC Field day is on March 23rd ! This is one of MJC Ag's largest events of the school year hosting over 2,200 high school FFA students. Make sure to get involved AND volunteer with one of our many contest! Many of your agriculture instructors are offering extra credit ! You can get in contact with any agriculture staff member and they will get you signed up for a contest. Not sure who to contact? Email Ryan Amaral (amaralr@yosemite.edu) and he will get you connected to a contest ASAP!

ATTENTION field day chairs! Make sure to attend the final mandatory meeting! The overall field day chairs are in need of all data and information for your contest, so be prepared for March the 22nd.
Tickets are still available! Contact Amador or Boyd if you are interested in attending this event.
Soil Health Workshop
On March 12, 2019 the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District (ESRCD) held a Soil Health Workshop at MJC's West Campus. The workshop showcased the use of cover crops as a method to increase soil biological diversity, increase soil carbon, decrease erosion, compete with weeds and add habitat for beneficial insects, including honey bees. This work shop was an outreach operation of the ESRCD as part of a statewide program funded with cap and trade money to increase awareness and use of ‘soil improving practices’ in California. 
 
Exhibits of different cover crops and their relative benefits were presented by speakers from the ESRCD, USDA, University of California Cooperative Extension and Kamprath Seed. Kamprath seed installed the different cover crop materials as part of an ongoing educational project that seeks to educate students, growers and ag sales representatives in the benefits and uses of plants for improving the soil and environment. This project has been going on for 18 years on the west campus and has benefited numerous classes and companies over the years. 
Scholarships
We are very proud of the support that the community provides for our agricultural students. We currently have over 20 scholarship opportunities posted for transfer students, information for scholarship opportunities for all students, including incoming freshman. Please check often for opportunities as they become available!
We would like to thank Stanislaus County Farm Bureau for sponsoring and helping our department develop and further our outreach to our community and our students.
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
1201 L Street
Modesto, CA 95354
 

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