By Valley Ag Voice Staff

The Punjabi American Growers’ Group is hosting a Central Valley Growers Agricultural Workshop on May 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madera Gurudwara Sahib — the Sikh Temple.

The workshop will serve as a combination of a farm show, educational program, and cultural fair. The event will feature a series of panel discussions to address critical issues California farmers are facing.

According to PAGG founder and director Jasbir Sidhu, the workshop will bring various agricultural experts together to share their knowledge.

“Farmers in California are facing unprecedented challenges. By working together, we believe we can all benefit and prosper. But that requires us to know what the real issues are and how to approach solutions,” Sidhu said. “This event is for everyone, Punjabi or not. Growers or not. All who want to preserve this Valley’s ag way of life are welcome to join us.”

Some key topics that will be addressed include post-SGMA economics, water rights, global marketing, sustaining family farms, and more. Partners in the workshop include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Department of Water Resources, local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, California State University WATER, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology,, Farm Service Agency, FarmsRus, Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner, and Valley Air Pollution District.

Along with hosting an array of experts, attendees can earn 1.5 Continuing Education credits on laws and regulations, pests, and diseases — credits are provided through the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner, Merced County Cooperative Extension, and UC ANR.

Additionally, over a dozen vendors will highlight various agriculture products and services. Notably, the event offers free breakfast and lunch as it is a Sikh practice to always offer food free of charge.

The Madera Gurudwara Sahib is located at 23249 Avenue 14 in Madera, California. For additional information on the workshop, reference

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