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In the News

With Nearly 2,500 People in Attendance the 30th Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest Boasts the Largest Crab Feed in California… and Maybe Even the U.S.

If you thought last year’s Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest was impressive… this year’s event exceeded all expectations. With the conclusion of this highly anticipated event on Saturday, February 2, 2019, Sonoma County can now safely boast the largest crab feed in California, and maybe even in the U.S. A sea of almost 2,100 guests and nearly 400 volunteers and reception participants attended the biggest and best crab feed yet. In total, nearly 2,500 people gathered to support Sonoma County agriculture. New this year, Continue reading →

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Penalties for Poultry Barn Break-Ins Go From Misdemeanors to Felony Charges, Plus a Court Order for $332 K Restitution

The rise in animal activist so-called “open rescue” missions involving trespassing on private farm property to save alleged “abused, starving and dying chickens” has increased steadily in recent years, including break-ins to hen-houses in violation of strict biosecurity protocols. While police have arrested and detained some demonstrators, in many cases perpetrators have been charged with misdemeanors and quickly released. In the past, authorities have often reduced or downgraded charges rather than prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law, even though several of these Continue reading →

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As Cicero said, “The more laws, the less justice.”

As another year is underway in Sonoma County vineyards are being pruned and pastures are being grazed. This time of year we hope for rainfall to recharge our groundwater and keep our fields green throughout the year. As farmers and ranchers, we attempt to strategize and plan for the future, but more often than not we adapt and change on the fly because mother nature always likes to keep us on our toes. However, unlike mother nature’s unexpected curve-balls, one thing you can always count Continue reading →

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February Guest Editorial: Water Supply is Dam Important

The Potter Valley Project (Project), which has been operated by PG&E since 1932, started a re-licensing process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2017 to prepare for the current license expiration in April 2022. On May 10, 2018, PG&E decided that they were going to sell the Project, related infrastructure and FERC license through an auction process. It is unknown as to how many individuals or entities were considering the submittal of an indicative proposal to PG&E to start the negotiation process, however Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Dairy Delivery

In 1988, when Amy Cramer was a senior in high school looking for a part-time job she landed an order entry position at Dairy Delivery. Little did she know, she would work for the company full-time and eventually own it. Dairy Delivery has been delivering local natural foods and dairy products in the greater California Northern Bay Area since 1978. Some of their brands include Clover Sonoma, Redwood Hill Farm, Straus Family Creamery, Three Twins Ice Cream and Wallaby Organic. The company purchases already packaged Continue reading →

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SRJC Natural Resources Program

Students in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Natural Resources program learn strategies and practices for the use, management, and stewardship of our natural resources. They receive introductory instruction in forestry, watersheds, and parks and recreation management; and at the end of their program receive a 20-unit certificate or 27-unit major. After this ‘year-to-career’ program, students have a solid understanding of the basic science behind key natural resource practices and the conservation and protection of different ecological systems. The Natural Resource program covers key concepts related to Continue reading →

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UCCE Sonoma Engages in Post Fire Food Safety Research

The Northern California fires of October 2017 created poor air quality and distributed toxic air contaminants over the region. Following the fires and the incredible response from local farmers, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Sonoma embarked on a “Produce Safety After Urban Wildfire” citizen science project to help answer community concerns about whether the safety of local produce might have been impacted by contaminants carried in the smoke and ash from the fire. With the support of UCCE Sonoma, community members concerned about the Continue reading →

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Tito Sasaki honored with Gold Resolution

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the first Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting of the new year Sonoma Valley grape grower, scientist and businessman, past president of Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Tito Sasaki was honored with a Gold Resolution on the occasion of his retirement from the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Supervisor Susan Gorin congratulated Sasaki and thanked him for his many contributions to Sonoma County agriculture and past Sonoma County Farm Bureau President Steve Dutton spoke Continue reading →

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