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Sonoma-Marin Farm News - 2014

Farm News

Below, are highlighted articles that were published in Farm News from January 2014 - December 2014. To view, click on the cover below to navigate to the articles.

Note: Not all the articles that were in each publication made it online, so if you are looking for another article please contact Farm Bureau and ask, 707-544-5575.

 

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December - 2014

January 2013

For the Love of Tradition

Christmas magic is alive and well in Sonoma County. If you aren’t overwhelmed with joy during the “most wonderful time of the year,” you won’t need to travel all the way to the North Pole to be rid of any Scrooge-like cynicism. A healthy dose of Christmas spirit can be found at 961 Chapman Lane in Petaluma, where visitors are bound to leave Kriss and Carol Mungle’s Christmas tree farm with a smile.

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Growers Gear Up to Comply with Frost Regulation to Protect Crops Next Spring

Growers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties who use Russian River water for frost protection must submit a plan to the State Water Resources Board by Feb. 1 if they plan to use water from the Russian River system to protect their crops during next spring’s frost season. Hundreds of growers along the Russian River are impacted by state rules regulating stream diversions during next spring’s frost season, March 15 through May 15.

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Tell Me, Sir, Whose Dog Are You?

Alexander Pope, an eighteenth-century English poet, may be best known for his proverbs such as “To err is human…” and “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” But my favorite is what he inscribed on the collar of the dog he gave to a prince. It read, “I am His Highness’ dog at Kew. Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?”

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Thank God for the Grapes

Whenever I hear someone whine that there are too many vineyards in Sonoma County, I find myself snapping back, “Thank God for the grapes.” It’s something  I  am saying more and more as vineyards come under attack by uninformed urbanites, misguided county leaders or the newly rural who envision an agricultural diversity reminiscent of Old MacDonald’s Farm.  Please note: Old MacDonald went bankrupt years ago and moved to a trailer park in Idaho.

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Farmers and Food Artisans Gather for a Taste of Possibilities to Come

On November 3, 80 farmers, food artisans, agricultural support organizations and representatives from Sonoma County agencies gathered to attend an all-day workshop entitled Taste the Possibilities: Adding Value to Your Ag Business, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Attendees were interested in learning the ins and outs of creating small-batch and artisanal “value-added” products featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Live Auction Items Fulfilled by Donors and Farm Bureau

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is blessed to have many generous donors who contribute fantastic party packages for auction at The Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest and Love of the Land. Throughout the year, Farm Bureau staff works with the donors and buyers of these great items to ensure that the packages are a success and enjoyed by all.

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Jamison Endowment Fund

The agriculture departments at Santa Rosa and Elsie Allen high schools were awarded grants totaling $3,150 from the Wes Jamison Memorial Endowment Fund, established in memory of the legendary leader who guided Sonoma County agriculture for a half century.

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New Seminars and Trainings for 2014-2015

New classes have been added to the ongoing series seminars, trainings and workshops for agricultural and related industries. Held at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau the classes range in topic from CPR to Foreman Management Training and much more.

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November - 2014

January 2013

From the Farm to the Fast Track

In the midst of feeding calves, milking cows and vaccinations, a racer was created. Shelina Moreda is a fifth generation dairy farmer from Petaluma with a passion for professional motorcycle racing. No goal is too out of reach for Shelina and her unstoppable determination has made history. She is the first female to have raced a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While she continues to push boundaries in the racing world, Shelina stays true to herself and her roots.

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Launches New Level of Membership for Larger Producers

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is offering a new voluntary membership category called Premium Business Support. The new category is for larger producers or businesses that want to further support Farm Bureau’s on-going work in such areas as political advocacy, governmental affairs and regulatory relief.

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A Home Run for Team Balletto

The Balletto family and their tight knit team of employees have certainly been working hard, and it shows. They have kept their eyes on the ball and hit it out of park at this year’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair with their sweepstakes winning red wine.

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Time to Take a Big Step Into Groundwater

If the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet their water bill is higher.” This will be painfully true soon. On January 1 the Sustainable Groundwater Manage-ment Act of 2014 will take effect. Under the new law, you will likely have to pay fees for having wells, to measure and report how much water you pump, get another bill for it, and to stop pumping after reaching a limit, or else you pay a hefty penalty.

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Recipe Remake

Some time ago I was invited to a last-minute get-together. When I learned that the hostess was a vegetarian, I threw together butternut squash enchiladas. Just using what I had on hand, I created a recipe that everyone at the party wanted; my neighbor still talks about them. Well, now I’ve put my Italian spin on them and call them “Italian-adas.”

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Giving to the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

For generations, farmers and ranchers have been producing local food and fiber for the residents of Sonoma County and beyond. Farmers and ranchers are the heart and soul of this county, which is recognized by the first word on the County Seal, “agriculture.” Care of the land and animals has been passed down from one generation to another and that is still true today.

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Sharing Agriculture with Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Eighty high school juniors are more informed about Sonoma County agriculture after a day with Farm Bureau members. On October 13 and 20, students from Santa Rosa, Montgomery, Elsie Allen, Piner, Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo and Technology high schools learned about dairying, wastewater treatment, specialty mushrooms, apples, vineyards and produce.

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October - 2014

January 2013

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch

Fall is the beginning of leaves changing color, Sundays spent cheering on your favorite football team and a celebration of harvest. For Larry Peter, fall is the season of 6,000 children running around his farm among acres of pumpkins, wrestling potatoes from the ground and enjoying the atmosphere of an everyday dairy.
Larry was trying to live out his father’s dream when he started milking cows in 1987.

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4-H Foundation Annual Dinner

The 10th annual 4-H Foundation BBQ and “Fun”draiser brought 700 community members together for an evening of grape stomping, friendship, appreciation and support of the dynamic Sonoma County 4-H program. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens in Fulton was the beautiful backdrop for a record-breaking event.

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The Riparian Riddle

Fall is the beginning of leaves changing color, Sundays spent cheering on your favorite football team and a celebration of harvest. For Larry Peter, fall is the season of 6,000 children running around his farm among acres of pumpkins, wrestling potatoes from the ground and enjoying the atmosphere of an everyday dairy. 

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Agstravaganza Honors Carli

Ron Carli, the Sonoma County farm boy who became one of California’s most influential business leaders is being honored at the Santa Rosa Junior College Ag Trust’s Agstravaganza on October 25.

 

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Agricultural Recycle Event

Our office will hold another plastic pesticide container recycle event this fall. The event will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The collection site will be the Sonoma County Healdsburg Corporation Yard, which is located on Alexander Valley Road in Healdsburg.

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Clay Shoot Hits the Mark

On September 13th, shotgun enthusiasts gathered to participate in Sonoma- Marin YF&R Clay Shoot. The group of shooters came together at 9 a.m. at the Wing and Barrel Ranch.

 

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Hobbling

Training your horse to hobble is easier than most people think; the hard part is the preparation. Take your time in preparation, making sure your horse has his groundwork done. They should be able to lead well and feel the halter.

 

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Assembly Bill 2488 is Nothing to Wine About

Now the “try before you buy” mentality doesn’t just refer to fruit, veggies and specialty foods. The farmers’ market experience became more inclusive this summer with a new law allowing wine and cider tasting at certified farmers’ markets.

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September - 2014

January 2013

Imwalle Gardens: Come for the Produce, Stay for the Charm

If Sonoma County residents are looking for an oasis that is free from distractions, delightful in every possible way, and full of genuine people, they can find it just a few miles from downtown Santa Rosa at Imwalle Gardens. As one happens into this place, which has been barely touched by time, they will likely see a mix of customers, both young and old, walking among the fresh produce, flowers and bedding plants that the Imwalles offer at very reasonable prices.

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Code Change to Encourage Agriculture Processing and Retail Sales

Sonoma County supervisors unanimously voted to reduce permitting requirements to better support local agriculture and enhance Sonoma County’s reputation as a specialty food region. On July 29, the board of Supervisors approved a zoning code change to allow small-scale agricultural processing and small-scale retail sales on agriculturally zoned properties with a simpler, faster, less-expensive, zoning permit approval process.

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Big-Time, Part-Time Farmers

Rex Williams, one of Sonoma County’s leading livestock ranchers, likes to say that his day job as the maintenance supervisor at Santa Rosa’s St. Francis Winery supports his sheep ranching habit.  Rex and wife Kerry run more than 300 head of sheep and farm hay and silage crops on land that is owned and leased in western Sonoma County.

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The Chicken and the Egg

I don’t know which came first, but I do know I love them both equally! I had the pleasure of cooking with Pepper Ranch Poultry chicken and eggs at the 2014 Sonoma County Fair. For those of you who missed out, I was at the Sonoma County Fair everyday doing three cooking demonstrations per day, being the cook-o-holic that I am, and had a blast!  This year’s “Cooking with Laurie” was bigger and better than last year because I had the opportunity to invite some of our local growers and producers to be my guests.

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People, Quality and Environment at the Core of Manzana Products Co.

“We’ve got the old with the new here,” said Manzana Products Company Inc.’s (Manzana) General Manager Mark Fitzgerald. He’s referring to an over 90 year old apple processing legacy with traditions in quality, that’s moving forward with progressive technology.

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Farm Bureau Foundation's Awards Recognition Dinner

More than 600 people gathered at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building on August 6 to recognize Sonoma County Fair exhibitors for their achievements. Exhibitors and their families enjoyed a dinner and program put on by the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Fair. Two Farm Bureau Gold Cup Awards, presented to Jessie Peterson of Liberty 4-H Club and Petaluma FFA, and Ellorine Carle of Penngrove 4-H Club, were among the over 100 awards given.

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August - 2014

January 2013

Celebrating Sonoma County’s Land and Those Who Love It

Vineyards, pastures and orchards flourish throughout Sonoma County’s agricultural landscape. This region’s bounty is credited to the rich farmland and the hard-working people who farm, protect and conserve it. Farm Bureau’s Love of the Land celebrates Sonoma County’s stewards of the land, who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the land thrives for generations to come.

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Time to hang up the Gun belt and Badge

It has been a long 30 years working in law enforcement, but the time has come for me to call it quits and make way for a new generation to fill my boots. My career began in Los Angeles County during the 1984 Summer Olympics and, in the three decades since, I have worked with some of the finest law officers anywhere. Those I’ve partnered with here in Sonoma County for the past 23 years are by far some of the best in the land.   

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Awards Dinner "Fair Memories" Photos and Video

Sonoma County Fair and Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County's 4-H and FFA Awards Dinner is one of the most meaningful and enjoyable events staged by the Farm Bureau Foundation. It pays tribute to the young people who will one day be leaders in agriculture and the community.

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Bice honored at Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s Agri-Business BBQ

Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, received the Leadership in Agriculture award at Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ at Shone Farm on July 29. The Agri-Business BBQ is an outdoor tradeshow and barbecue which brings people in business and agriculture together. That evening, guests also came together to recognize Jennifer for her service to the dairy goat industry.

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Gluten Free Apricot-Amaretto Upside Down Cake

I came up with this creation one day when I was making my squash frittata…I didn’t have any bread crumbs to help bind it together…but, I did have polenta…it was a success, everyone loved it!!

 

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Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers Sporting Clays Shoot

Sonoma-Marin Counties Young Farmer & Rancher Committee is excited to hold their very first Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, September 13th. The event is limited to 75 shooters, so if you want to participate you must get your reservation in soon! Prizes will be awarded to the best shooters in each category. Come on out and shoot some Sporting Clays for a good cause! Sponsorship opportunities available!

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July - 2014

January 2013

Art Ibleto, Sonoma County’s Goodwill Ambassador

A Madison Avenue marketing firm couldn’t have created someone like Sonoma County’s Art Ibleto, a genuine, bigger-than-life character who has been warming hearts and stretching tomachs for 50 years as the much beloved Pasta King. But Art is much more. He’s a farmer, meat cutter, grape grower, winemaker and the driving force for good in his adopted home of Sonoma County.

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Love Thy Neighbor, and Prosper

Last month the Ag Commissioner presented to the Board of Supervisors the 2013 Crop Report. Winegrapes held the leading position among the county’s numerous crops. Noteworthy was that ornamental plants, Christmas trees, and cut flowers showed the highest percentage gains from the previous year: 27%, 31%, and 46%, respectively. These nursery businesses cater mainly to urban and suburban clients within our county or region. The emerging picture may be that we are developing into a successful metropolitan agricultural economy.

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Farm Bureau Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Agriculture Education

Sonoma County Farm Bureau hosted its 13th annual Golf Tournament benefiting agricultural education on Friday, June 13th. It was a beautiful day on the greens at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor. There were more than 120 players on 31 teams feverously attacking the course in the scrabble format to see whose team would come out on top.

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Owner Applied Number Program (OAN)

Rural Theft is on the rise throughout Sonoma County and everyone who is invested in Agriculture is affected directly or indirectly by this crime. Each and every day a Patrol Deputy takes a report from a farmer or Agri-business partner in our community. Historically in response to this concern the FBI created a numbering system where each state and county assigned number is recorded with NCIC.

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Apricots and the 4th of July

Every 4th of July, for many, many years my family had a HUGE BBQ at their deer camp…it grew to over 100 people.  My Dad would get up in the wee hours of the morning to light the fire, and then grill the chicken halves, turning and basting with my Mom’s homemade BBQ sauce…and then the  chicken was put into a gigantic pot and steamed with more sauce (I think a little butter too ;-). 

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Gravensteins Celebrated at Country Fair Aug. 9 & 10 in Sebastopol

The Gravenstein Apple Fair, a celebration of the heirloom apple that epitomizes Sonoma County’s rural heritage and agricultural diversity, will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. The beloved country fair is produced by Sonoma County Farm Trails, which for the last 41 years has been supporting agriculture by guiding consumers to farms on the county’s backroads..

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June - 2014

January 2013

Gambonini Family, Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year

Just consider that for 101 years there has been a Gambonini either milking or overseeing the milking at the family’s 540 acre dairy off Lakeville Highway in Petaluma.  And because milking is twice a day, 365 days a year, the clockwork routine each morning and evening amounts to nearly 75,000 trips through the milk parlor.

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Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $86,000 in Scholarships to Top Agriculture Students in Sonoma and Marin Counties

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded a record $86,000 in scholarships to 31 agriculture students in Sonoma and Marin counties. It’s the largest scholarship pay-out since the Farm Bureau Foundation was established in 2006, reflecting the tremendous generosity of donors who want to support and develop the next generation of Sonoma County farmers and agriculture leaders.

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American AgCredit Moves Dirt for its Corporate Headquarters in Santa Rosa

Construction of American AgCredit’s new 120,000 square foot corporate headquarters is underway at the corner of Airport and Aviation Boulevards, a landmark site at Santa Rosa’s Airport Business Park. Designed by TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa, American AgCredit’s iconic zinc-clad structure is expected to be completed at the end of 2015. The new building will accommodate the company’s growing number of employees in Sonoma County.

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My New Love - Ground Lamb

Sure I love a good rack or perfectly roasted leg…but, Lamb Burgers ARE my new FAV!!!  I met Kerry Williams of www.williamsranches.com at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market at the Wells Fargo Center when I went to pick up my Easter leg of lamb.  While there, I eyed consumers purchasing her ground lamb meat…hmmmnnn…I had never eaten ground lamb and it peaked my interest.

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Low Chilling in 2013-2014 Causes Fruit Tree Problems

This spring as our fruit trees began to leaf out and grow most of us noticed that they were not flowering and growing properly. That is because they did not receive enough hours of chilling. Cool weather and short days in autumn cause most fruit trees, berries, and vines to lose their leaves and go into a state of dormancy, which protects them from winter freezes. 

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Combating Illegal Marijuana Cultivation on Ranch Lands

I have written about this topic in years past and the problem continues to be a plague on Sonoma County Landscape. This is the season as well. It has been profitable for criminals to plant marijuana on rural ranch lands not belonging to them causing damage to private property and invoking fear. Fear of armed and dangerous individuals guarding a cash crop raises visions of a third world country. These growers have been typically referred to as “Guerilla Marijuana Growers.”

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Hazards (Overhead & Underground) and New Requirements

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County has awarded a record $86,000 in scholarships to 31 agriculture students in Sonoma and Marin counties. It’s the largest scholarship pay-out since the Farm Bureau Foundation was established in 2006, reflecting the tremendous generosity of donors who want to support and develop the next generation of Sonoma County farmers and agriculture leaders.

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Sonoma-Marin YF&R visit San Joaquin County for an Ag Tour

In May, 8 members of Sonoma-Marin YF&R spent the day in San Joaquin County. San Joaquin County YF&R and Sonoma-Marin YF&R partnered on an ag tour to educate their members about agriculture practices and operations. 

 

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May - 2014

January 2013

Fred & Nancy Cline, Dedicated Conservationists

Fred and Nancy Cline, owners of a far-flung agricultural and hospitality empire including Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, are conservative in their politics as well as the way they tread on the thousands of acres of land they own in Sonoma, Contra Costa and Tehama counties.

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“Saralee Day” Brings the Fair and Farm Animals to County Administration Center

There were more than 400 people attending “Saralee Day” on April 15 at the Sonoma County Administration Center to honor the late, great agriculture leader Saralee McClellend Kunde, who died on Jan. 26 following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Saralee was 66 at the time of her death.

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Endorses 11 Political Candidates

Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s board of directors has endorsed 11 political candidates for elective office at the county, state and federal levels. The endorsements were made after the board of directors carefully reviewed and evaluated the field of candidates and then endorsed those who best understand the importance and value of Sonoma County agriculture.

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Suspicious Vehicles, Persons and Circumstances

In previous articles we presented ideas for Ranch and Rural Crime Prevention. In this month’s article I would like to reiterate the importance of recognizing suspicious activity.  Through an organized Rural Crime Watch, group citizen awareness and a proper response to suspected criminal activity will enable our communities to remain safe.

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Jacki Strand Rides Her Way to Miss Wine Country Rodeo

Jacki Strand, who studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College and is now a resident of Orland in Butte County, has been crowned Miss Wine Country Rodeo 2014, earning the right to represent Sonoma County Fair statewide at events and taking home a $500 scholarship and commemorative belt buckle.

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Happy Mother’s Day - Field of Clover

After hearing someone say that radishes were the most underappreciated vegetable, I felt inclined to plant some…sure I planted them when the kids were young; they were a fast growing project. A few nibbles here and there, they never really got eaten. I’m sure it was the spicy pepperiness that they never cared for.

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Ag Crime Is Here - Are You Prepared?

Throughout the State of California, agricultural and rural crimes occur on a regular basis. Sonoma County
is no different. Take this opportunity to become informed about northern Sonoma County: what the area is facing, crime prevention tactics and Proven Technologies. Find out what affordable technologies are combating crime. Also, learn about surveillance equipment and the effective Owner Applied Number (OAN) Program.

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Conditioning Your Horse For The Trail

Trail riding is the most popular equine activity among horse owners. On any given day the parking lots of your local park will have a few trailers awaiting their passenger’s return. This is especially so on weekends. An unfortunate side effect of a nice weekend is the increase of calls to the local vet for colic, tying up, and a variety of lameness issues all caused by a horse being out of shape.

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April - 2014

January 2013

Ag Days Brings the Farm to more than 4,000 School Kids

Olivia Williams, who takes to farming like some kids take to mall shopping, was among the 4-H’ers bringing animals to Ag Days, taking time from her school day to talk to city kids about the ways of life on Sonoma County farms and ranches.

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Grand Prize Winners in the Ag Days Contests

Farm Bureau administers 8 different agriculture related contests for kids of all ages at Ag Days. The contests were open to all Sonoma County Schools, grades K - 6 and Special Education. Click on the link to view the results of the 2014 Contests.

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Combating Water theft on Ranches and Farms

As long as I can remember water usage and theft of water has been an area of grave concern for California. Now, the current drought has reached critical levels and is impacting more places than ever in the history of our state. As a patrol Deputy responsible for patrolling hundreds of square miles of rural lands I have spoken with many ranchers experiencing theft of water from their springs and wells and worrying about how to stop this loss.

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Farm & Ranch Readiness Emergency Preparedness Field Day
is May 4 at Atwood Ranch

A field day for all Sonoma County rural land and livestock owners that focuses on disaster preparedness is 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Atwood Ranch on Sonoma Highway near Glen Ellen. The field day is presented by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services, Julie Atwood Events and the Atwood Ranch. This is a free event, open to anyone interested in learning how to be prepared in an emergency.

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CA Employers: Are You in Compliance?

Learn about the latest enforcement effort by the Department of Industrial Relations; representatives from the Labor Enforcement Task Force will help you understand what this special enforcement strike force will be looking for when they conduct enforcement visits for occupational safety and health (OSHA) requirements and wage and hour requirements.

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Chicken to Cluck About

The meat counter in the recently opened Community Market at the Barlow in Sebastopol has meats are from a 25 mile radius from ranch names I know and trust…The best way to get your money’s worth out of this chicken is to poach it…you will have broth for other recipes and moist and delicious meat for many uses.

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4-H Members: Help Law Enforcement Help You

The Sheriff’s Office implemented an Owner Applied Number (OAN) Program to help law enforcement identify stolen property; returning property to the rightful owners and assistance with stolen property investigations. This program has proven to be very successful.

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Avoiding The Training Rut

Training horses is something I love. I love the different personalities, the interaction between the horses and me, and the challenge of bringing the natural talents to the surface.  I also love the life.  Getting up early, cleaning stalls, feeding, fixing what needs to be fixed, building something new and the independence.

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Spring Agricultural Plastic Recycle Event

Sonoma County Ag Commissioners office will hold a plastic pesticide container recycle event again this spring.  The event will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. The collection site will be the Sonoma County Healdsburg Corporation Yard, which is located on Alexander Valley Rd. in Healdsburg.

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March - 2014

January 2013

Crab & Wine Fest a Success

Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest, a mid-winter party where people from the farm and business communities come together to socialize while supporting the next generation of agricultural leaders, raised more than $100,000.

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2014 Foundation Scholarships

Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County will award more than $50,000 in scholarships this year to deserving students studying agriculture or an agricultural-related field at a four year college, junior college or vocational school. Deadline April 11

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AgCredit Donates $10,000

American AgCredit, the region’s largest farm lender and one of the leading benefactors to agriculture organizations, has donated $10,000 to the Elsie Allen High School Agriculture Program to purchase a PlasmaCAM computer automated metal cutting system that uses supercharged electrified air to cut through metal.

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Innovation Grant for Biochar

An innovative biochar project conducted by the Sonoma Ecology Center and partners has received a $75,000 federal grant. The award from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant program helps establish Sonoma County’s first integrated biochar production system. Federal funds are being matched by other sources.

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Sexual Harassment Avoidance

Farm Bureau is offering training classes for agriculture and other industry Supervisors in Sexual Harassment Avoidance. The two-hour class fulfills a law, AB 1825, that requires supervisory personnel to have two hours of training in sexual harassment every two years.

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Seeing Green

I knew I had a keeper when my husband, who usually avoids cauliflower, could not stop eating this!!!  It’s such an easy dish to put together too…the Chimichurri Sauce will keep in the fridge for a week and tastes great on grilled meats also.

 

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CPR, First Aid and AED Training

A training course for CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) will be offered by Sonoma County Farm Bureau. The session will provide training to respond to accidents and sudden illnesses in emergency medical situations. Upon completion of the class, two-year certifications will be given for CPR and First Aid.

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Safer Seniors

As people grow older, their chances of being victimized by crime increase dramatically.  Experience has made them aware of possible burglary or physical attacks, but newer, more sophisticated crimes, such as frauds and scams have actually become even greater threats to seniors’ well-being. 

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February - 2014

January 2013

Wool, a Shear Delight in Valley Ford

Wool is making a big and welcome comeback in the pastures of the North Coast. And nowhere is that renaissance more evident than in and around pastoral Valley Ford, which has become the Northern California epicenter for wool processing and new lines of wool products.

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Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County - 2014 Scholarship Applications

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County will award more than $50,000 in scholarships this year to deserving students stu1dying agriculture or an agricultural-related field at a four year college, junior college or vocational school. The Farm Bureau Foundation’s mission is to encourage – and financially assist – young people for rewarding careers in agriculture or a closely related agricultural field including the farm-to-table culinary arts.

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Walmart Supports California Growers with new Neighborhood Market in Rohnert Park

As one of the largest purchasers of American agricultural products, Walmart is proud to announce plans to open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Mountain Shadows Shopping Plaza in Rohnert Park at the corner of Golf Course Drive and Country Club Drive. The new Neighborhood Market is anticipated to open this fall and will provide local residents with access to affordable products and convenient shopping in a smaller store layout.

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Rural Neighborhood Watch Program

As part of the community, the Sheriff’s Office plays an important role in keeping the community safe. However, citizen involvement is essential to combat crime.  You and your neighbors know what is going on in your community the best.  By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way – before it begins. 

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Drought Strategies 2014

In California, annual precipitation amounts vary greatly within and between years but this current year is historic! Many long time ranchers are saying that they have never seen conditions like these.


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Crime in Your Area - Get Informed

Throughout the State of California, agricultural and rural crimes occur on a regular basis.  Sonoma County is no different. Take this opportunity to become informed about southern Sonoma County: what the area is facing, crime prevention tactics and Proven Technologies. Find out what affordable technologies are combating crime. Also, learn about surveillance equipment and the effective Owner Applied Number (OAN) Program. 

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Safety Training Workshop Series

A series of safety training workshops for agricultural and related industry workers will be held in February and March at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.The workshops are open to all North Coast workers. Each workshop will cover a range of topics including Pruning and Pesticide safety training, Forklift, Tractor/PTO and ATV safety, Heat stress and Field hygiene.

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CPR / First Aid / AED Training

A training course for CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) will be offered by Sonoma County Farm Bureau.The session will provide training to respond to accidents and sudden illnesses in emergency medical situations.  Upon completion of the class, two-year certifications will be given for CPR and First Aid.

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January - 2014

January 2013

Robert Giacomini Dairy Honored for Love of its Land

The Robert Giacomini Dairy, a premier Marin County milk producer that is home to the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. and is a respected leader in farmland preservation and stewardship, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award. The Leopold Award, presented Dec. 9 at the 95th annual meeting of the California Farm Bureau Federation in Monterey, comes with a $10,000 award.

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‘Arturo’ the Tractor in Place for Thousands of Young Riders

Like a story from the pages of a children’s novel, a once prized tractor – long retired - has gained new life thanks to a little ingenuity from Sonoma County Farm Bureau Board Member Norm Yenni. In November, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County put out an ask to the agriculture community, they were in need of an antique tractor in “Mary’s Garden,” a 36,000 square foot outdoor nature education and agriculture exhibit at the museum.

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Crime in Your Area - Get Informed

Sonoma County has a serious agriculture and rural crime problem. Take this opportunity to become informed about southern Sonoma County: what the area is facing, crime prevention tactics and Proven Technologies. Find out what affordable technologies are combating crime. Also, learn about surveillance equipment and the effective Owner Applied Number (OAN) Program.

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Air Board Modifies Rules for Diesel Trucks

Truck owners working to meet state deadlines for replacing or installing emissions control equipment on their diesel vehicles have been granted compliance relief and face a new deadline of Jan. 31, 2014 with the Air Resources Board agency.

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Terry Lindley of American AgCredit Honored With Spirit of Sonoma County Award

Terry Lindley whose life has been dedicated to agriculture and community service was honored with the Spirit of Sonoma County Award for his many contributions to Sonoma County Farm Bureau and his unwavering support to agriculture, farm youth and the Sonoma County Fair.

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New Year Resolutions… Laurie’s Antipasto

This is such a delicious way to start the party!!  Many years ago, Costco carried a jarred antipasto that I loved…well; you know what happened…they quit carrying it! It prompted me to make my own recipe, and I love my version even more.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Riding Alone

I have a confession. While in college I taught scuba diving. The number one rule was "never dive alone". But, I was young and foolish and used every excuse in the book to get out there by myself. I dove alone many times. As an adult I now see how VERY unsafe that was. But, hey, I was super careful and took all precautions. Besides, I was immortal!

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Sonoma – Marin YF&R Elect Leadership Team and invite USDA to attend January membership meeting

Sonoma – Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) a committee of Sonoma County Farm Bureau took the next step in fortifying their committee by electing a leadership team. The 10 member YF&R Leadership Team have an exciting calendar of events planned for 2014.

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Burglary Prevention Tips

Statistics show that burglaries are on the upswing in Sonoma County. There were 120 home thefts reported from September 2012 to November 2012. This year there were 138 reported. Unfortunately, both the number of thieves prosecuted and the property recovery rate are relatively low. 

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