Seminars and Trainings - Current Classes

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Farm Bureau Training Services

A series of courses for agriculture and related industries are being organized by Sonoma County Farm Bureau. PG&E is the valued sponsor of the Training Program.

To register, click on the RSVP button below or contact Anita Hawkins: 707-544-5575 or ahawkins@sonomafb.org.

Current Courses

ADVANCED PUMPING EFFICIENCY PROGRAM (APEP)

Sponsored by:
PG&E

Partnering organizations: Sonoma County Farm Bureau, St. Francis Winery and Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology

Join us for a free workshop!
Learn how to evaluate energy efficiency for agricultural pumps & there will also be a demonstation with the PG&E Electric Safety Board

The workshop will cover:

  • APEP/PG&E subsidized pump tests (25 + HP pumps), APEP/PG&E incentives for pump retrofit/replace (all sizes)
  • Reading the SmartMeter to determine cost of pumping
  • Variable frequency drives (VFD’s) and other PG&E Energy Efficiency Programs for residential, commercial and agricultural customers
  • WEXUS Agricultural Energy Management Program
  • Eligible pumps: agricultural pumps, municipal pumps (no primary or secondary sewage treatment pumps), turf pumps (golf courses, parks, schools)

For questions and to RSVP please email eltorres@csufresno.edu

Class Scheduled For:

Date

Location

Time

Language

Cost

RSVP

Wednesday,
June 7, 201

St. Francis Winery
500 N. Pythian Rd
Santa Rosa, CA

8:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

English

Free

RSVP To eltorres@csufresno.edu



Completed Courses

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.

Advanced registration is required

Class Scheduled For:

Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

RSVP

Monday,
April 10, 2017

9 a.m. -
4 p.m.

English

$75

$95

Closed

Download RSVP Form: Sign-up Form.pdf

Farm Bureau Offers Training In Sexual Harassment Avoidance

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Sexual Harassment Avoidance in the Workplace classes for Supervisors will be held at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

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. The classes will cover the various types of sexual harassment, how to deal with complaints, how to prevent situations and other types of harassment as well.

Advanced registration is required

Classes Scheduled For:

Date

Time

Language

Members
Non-Members

RSVP

Tuesday,
April 11, 2017

8 a.m. -
10 a.m.

Spanish

$65

$95

 

Closed

Tuesday,
April 11, 2017

1 p.m. -
3 p.m.

English

$65

$95

Closed

Download RSVP Form: Sign-up Form.pdf

Agricultural Supervisor/Foreman Management Training

Harvest

The workshops, sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Bureau, are open to all foremen and supervisors who work on farms, ranches, vineyards or orchards in the North Coast counties.

The workshops will cover the role of the supervisor and their responsibilities in implementing worker safety and labor law. 

Instructors will cover labor issues in the field, pesticide hazard communications and material safety data information. New farm labor laws and regulations will be presented, and there will be hand-out materials and time for questions at each workshop. A certificate will be issued to each participant completing the class.

Advanced registration is required

Class Scheduled For:

Date

Time

Language

Members
Non-Members

RSVP

Tuesday,
April 11, 2017

10:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.

Spanish

$95

$125

Closed

Tuesday,
April 11, 2017

3:30 p.m. -
5:30 p.m.

English

$95

$125

Closed

Download RSVP Form: Sign-up Form.pdf


WHEEL Program – Learn the “Spanish” Language

Wheel

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is partnering with Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and program sponsors, PG&E and American AgCredit, to provide an eight week program to learn and increase Spanish language skills.  These important language skills can be utilized for employment, family and community life.

Program class dates:  February 27, March 1, 6, 8, 20, 22, 27, 29, April 3, 5, 17, 19, 24, 26, May 1 and 3.
Class hours:  4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m.
Location: 3589 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403







Pruning and Pesticide safety training, Forklift, Tractor/PTO and ATV safety, Heat stress and Field Hygiene

Safety training workshops for agricultural and related industry workers will be held. The workshop is open to all in the North Coast region.  

Instruction will cover a range of topics including Pruning and Pesticide safety training, Forklift, Tractor/PTO and ATV safety, Heat stress and Field hygiene.  The workshop provides vital safety information with handouts; including the revised Hazard Communication Standard (Globally Harmonized System) and Heat Stress Regulations. The Respirator Fit Test procedure will be available.

Advanced registration is required

Classes Scheduled For:


Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Spanish

$85

$115

RSVP

CARB Diesel Truck Rules – Compliance Options and Reporting Requirements for 2017 (Course #521.7), and Reinstating Your AG Exemption Status

Do you own, operate, or dispatch heavy-duty diesel trucks in or to California? This course gives you the information you need about how to comply with California Air Resources Board (CARB) diesel regulations with an emphasis on what you need to do to be compliant for 2017. There are important deadlines January 1st and January 31st.

Do you know if your diesel vehicles have lost the AG or Low Exemption status? Early in 2016, CARB conducted an audit of truck information and mileage reporting from the TRUCRS online reporting system. If any information was missing (ex: missing odometer reading), the status of that truck was changed to “None”. In most cases, that creates a non-compliant status for the CARB rule leading to potential fines. View your TRUCRS account and check the status of your vehicles using the Low Mileage AG provision. For more information about how to reinstate, contact CARB and join us at the January 11th presentation for 2017 information and invaluable one-on-one assistance.

Advanced registration is required

Classes Scheduled For:


Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

English

Free

 

RSVP

Applicator Workshop: Beneficial Bugs, Bees & Regs

This workshop, open to Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisers, will cover information including the removal and relocation of honey bees for colony preservation and specifics regarding the attraction, conservation and management of beneficial insects and natural predators. The presentation will also cover regulation topics such as: personal protective equipment as required by WPS, the new 2017 WPS and the Globally Harmonized System.

Licensed pesticide applicators and crop advisers will have the opportunity to receive Continuing Education credits (four hours confirmed). To receive credit, please bring license number to workshop.

Date

RSVP By

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday,
November 16, 2016

Monday,
November 7, 2016

8 a.m. -
12 p.m.

English

$55

$75

Compliance-Your "Open Burn Program"
Regulations, Permits, Funding, Clean Burn Solutions, Healthy Soil

Get compliant and meet your district representatives. What can they offer to help you? How can you burn cleaner and revitalize the soil?

According to air quality districts, the disposal of waste material in an open, outdoor fire can be a significant source of air pollution. Smoke from open burning contains fine particles, harmful gases and other toxic byproducts that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Exposure to these pollutants has been linked to respiratory and heart problems, asthma, and in some cases, premature death.

Much of the legal open burning is for agricultural or natural resource management purposes. Therefore, to reduce the harmful effects of smoke on public health, open burning regulations have been adopted and are enforced. Join us to get compliant; to become familiar with the various allowable burn types, when each is permitted, air district programs to help your business and conservation burn solutions to promote clean air and healthy soil environments.

Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District - Rob Bamford, Air Pollution Control Officer and Alex Saschin, Air Quality Engineer

Bay Area Air Quality Management District - Jeremy Kimball, Senior Inspector; Yvonna Cazares, Public Information Officer and a Strategic Incentives Analyst

Sonoma Biochar Initiative - Raymond Baltar, Director and Senior Project Manager.

Join Sonoma County Farm Bureau today and attend your first compliance series seminar complementary with your membership.

Date

RSVP By

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Monday November 14, 2016

Monday,
November 7, 2016

9 a.m. -
12 p.m.

English

$25

$55

 

Land Transition Options and Asset Protection: Compliance and Record Keeping

As Farmers and Ranchers, you play a special role in the lives of every person; you feed our world, protect our landscape and create our history. You are the stewards of our land, and the land is your legacy.

Your future generations hope to be a part of your legacy. But what role will they play? How can you ensure your wishes will be carried out while minimizing legal difficulties and confusion for your family through the transition of your operations to your future generations? Join us to discover your options and find out how to put an effective transition plan in place.

To help prepare for the transition and protect your business, learn about the types of liability that can affect your daily operations and future business plans. What business practices are you engaged in that create "liability compliance" issues? How can you minimize financial loss? What is the true definition of Agri-tourism and what can it cost you? What types of business records are required and how should they be organized? So many considerations. Let's explore the solutions together with dedicated business professionals.

Presenters:

Michelle Kosoi, Regional Vice President, Land As Your Legacy Advance Consulting Group Nationwide Insurance and Coop Gabelman, Agri-Business Insurance Specialist, Commercial Insurance, George Petersen Insurance Agency

Date

RSVP By

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday,
November 9, 2016

RSVP Required

10 a.m. -
12 p.m.

English

Free

 

CA Employers: Are You in Compliance?
Confined Space and Night Work

California agricultural employers are more regulated than any other in our nation.Do you know everything that is required of you for 2016 and beyond? Sonoma County Farm Bureau is bringing the information to you.ABC


*** Confined space issues affect many producers and growers. Have you and your employees been
formerly trained? Learn about proper training for your commodity.


*** Are there Night Work regulations? Can a visit from Cal/OSHA still end in fines? Cal/OSHA will present “accepted practices” for your business.

Take this opportunity to consult with Michael C. Alvarez, Educational Outreach Trainer for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Michael’s instructional career includes years of management with Cal/OSHA Consultation formulating Education and Training Unit Programs, and Response Services for national environmental disasters.

Join Sonoma County Farm Bureau today and attend your first ABC seminar complementary with your membership.  

Advanced registration is required by July 28th as seating is limited.

Class Scheduled For:

Date

RSVP By

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Thursday,
August 11, 2016

Thursday,
July 28, 2016

9 a.m. -
12 p.m.

English

$25

$55

 

RSVP

Research and Development Tax Credits for the ag Industry - both Federal and State

Apples

Each year millions of dollars in R&D tax credits go unclaimed by companies like yours.
13 cents of each dollar spent on research may be recaptured in federal and state tax credits. Significant tax savings are possible through the conduct of a R&D Tax Credit Study.

Why perform a R&D Study?

  • Claim immediate cash refunds for operational activities.
  • Reduce current and future tax liabilities (both state and Federal).
  • Credits may be claimed for all open tax years.
  • Federal credits carry forward for 20 years. California credits never expire.
  • Recent legislation favors taxpayers – R&D is no longer scrutinized during audits.
  • Any corporation type is eligible for R&D tax credits. Credits flow to shareholders.Claiming R&D Tax Credits – the Process

Romo Incentives Group (RIG) is one of few consulting firms that specialize in identifying tax credits for the Ag industry. Servicing clients throughout California’s Central Valley, as well as other major Ag communities throughout the state, RIG’s R&D team members are experts in identifying specific Ag activities that generate tax credits.

RIG’s R&D consultants work with companies of all sizes and in all stages of operations – from those undergoing initial planting and developing early stage crops to those that have been around for over a century. RIG also services some of the world’s largest agricultural food processors and vineyards, in addition to mid-size and small, and family owned operations. At no cost, RIG’s expert team performs a scoping exercise to identify qualifying activities and associated costs. If the tax benefits exist, RIG proceeds with a R&D Tax Credit Study, conducting a thorough analysis, computing the credits, and handling all documentation. Should an audit occur, RIG handles this process, as well.

Due to a perception that R&D credits are limited to certain industries (heavy manufacturing, laboratories, software), for decades the Ag industry has neglected to claim millions of dollars in tax credits to offset both federal and state tax liabilities. RIG is working to change this.

Advanced registration is required

Classe Scheduled For:


Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

English

Free

RSVP

Forklift 3-Year Certification Training - Industrial and Rough Terrain

Training courses for Forklift Certification will be provided by Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Attendees will have the opportunity to receive instruction for two types of forklifts, industrial and rough terrain. Each instruction will be offered in two languages, English and Spanish separately. Upon completion of the classroom and equipment training, a three-year certification will be given.

Location: Geyserville, CA

Advanced registration is required

Classes Scheduled For: Industrial (Warehouse)

Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday,
June 22, 2016

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spanish

$95

$125

 

RSVP

Wednesday,
June 22, 2016

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

English

$95

$125

RSVP

Classes Scheduled For: Rough Terrain

Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday,
June 22, 2016

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Spanish

$95

$125

RSVP

Wednesday,
June 22, 2016

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

English

$95

$125

RSVP

BIT Program Changes / Implements of Husbandry / Ag Chemicals

BIT Program 2016 Changes and On-road Rules for Implements of Husbandry and Ag Chemicals

The BIT (Basic Inspection of Terminals) Program has grown for 2016.
Category J: If you utilize a vehicle for agricultural or related business with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) between 10,001-26,000 lbs. (standard box pickups, flatbed pickups or “altered beds”), you are now subject to the Motor Carrier Permit Program and BIT Program. Also included, Category K: commercial motor vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more lbs. or any commercial vehicle towing a vehicle with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. This weight class will be required to maintain specific documents including: DMV Employer Pull Notice, hours of duty status, driver proficiency, drug and alcohol testing, driver applications and previous employer inquiries.

CHP Motor Carrier Safety Unit representatives will present all topics and be available for your questions.

Advanced registration is required

Classe Scheduled For:


Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

English

Free

RSVP

Drone Activity - Commercial and Residential, Do you have Rights?

Commercial or Residential

Carl Borden, Associate Counsel from the Legal Services Division of California Farm Bureau, will discuss several issues that arise from this activity including: air space rights, property rights, trespassing, citizens’ arrest and self-defense. Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office personnel will also present and be available for enforcement questions.

Advanced registration is required

Classe Scheduled For:


Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

English

Free

RSVP

Farm Employers New Requirements For 2016

Apples

Every year, Sacramento and Washington mandate new requirements for agricultural employers…

  • New Piece-Rate Pay Law
  • Heat Illness Regulations
  • ObamaCare-required IRS tax reporting

Are you Ready for 2016?

Farm Employers Labor Service, an affiliate of the California Farm Bureau Federation, offers educational workshops to help you know what’s coming in 2016, and what you need to do to be ready!

Advanced registration is required

Classes Scheduled For:

Date

Time

Language

Members

Non-Members

 

Wednesday,
March 23, 2016

Registration
8 a.m.
Program
10 a.m.

English

$40

RSVP

Effective Tailgate Training

During the summer months, employers must provide employees with training on a variety of hazards they will encounter as they work in the fields. One of the most common and effective ways to accomplish this is with informal "tailgate" training programs. "Tailgate" training gets its name from making an informal presentation from the back of a pickup's tailgate. This Safety Sheet will help supervisors plan and deliver safety and health training to employees who work in agricultural settings.

Download: EFFECTIVE TAILGATE TRAINING ENGLISH.pdf

Download: EFFECTIVE TAILGATE TRAINING Spanish.pdf

No Classes Scheduled at this time. For information please contact info@sonomafb.org

Heat Illness Prevention Procedures

During certain times of the year, employees may work in hot temperatures and be exposed to the risk of heat-related illness. To help protect employees from heat-related illness, this Safety Sheet will help monitor your Heat-Illness Prevention Program.

Download: HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION PROCEDURES English.pdf

Download: HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION PROCEDURES Spanish.pdf

No Classes Scheduled at this time. For information please contact info@sonomafb.org

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