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SRJC’s Ag Department Evolves with Sonoma County’s Changing Farmscape

Ag Department celebrates 50 years as a partner providing talent to the agriculture industry When the Santa Rosa Junior College Agriculture Department was established 50 years ago, the livestock and dairy industries ruled Sonoma County agriculture, producing the prime rib, butter and sour cream that fed Americans’ meat-and-potatoes appetite. But that all began to change in the early 1970s when an emerging wine industry, coupled with the increasing awareness of a healthier Mediterranean diet, transformed Sonoma County’s economy, landscape and way-of-life.  Cow country became Wine Continue reading →

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Will a Final Origin of Livestock Rule for Organic Dairy Farms Take Effect in 2020?

After being stalled for nearly five years, amendments to the Origin of Livestock Rule governing standards, required for dairies to be certified as producing organic milk and milk products, has moved closer to reality. The latest step was the announcement by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in early October that the comment period would be reopened for another 60-days ending at midnight on December 2. The goal of the second comment period was essentially the same as the first, to give all interested parties Continue reading →

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January Editorial: New year, New Challenges

I think it is safe to say that most of us in Sonoma County are all too happy to see 2019 in the rearview mirror.  It was a year that brought many hardships to the agricultural community.  However, no matter what is thrown at us, I am always in awe of how our farmers and ranchers take challenges in stride with a positive attitude.  We can always count on friends and neighbors coming together to help each other during the tough times. Although 2019 was Continue reading →

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January Editorial: A New Year and A New Decade

We are ringing in a new year and a new decade. Moving from one decade to the next is significant…after all…trends, statistics, and history are often categorized and track by decades. In recognition of the recent 100th anniversary the Sonoma County Farm Bureau celebrated, I thought it would be fun to look back in time (and to our archives) to a century ago. What were the hot topics, crops and economic milestones worth writing about in 1920? As is often said, history repeats itself, and Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Andrew Ryan, Realtor. McCall Team at Keller Williams

There are three things you need to know about Sonoma County Farm Bureau Premium Member Andrew Ryan. He likes dirt, he likes numbers, and he likes helping people smile. His strong agricultural background, educational experiences, and dedication to community service make him an outstanding member of the Sonoma County agricultural community and a successful realtor. He said that his life has been impacted by three major events that all happened in 1983. “Bruce Aidells started Aidells Sausage Company, Gary Keller started Keller Williams Realty, and Continue reading →

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Carbon Farm Plans with the Gold Ridge RCD

Building soil organic matter with various forms of carbon has multiple benefits to the farm and the environment including increased water holding capacity, better tilth, lower erodibility, and carbon dioxide sequestration from the atmosphere into the soil. Carbon farming is employing farming practices specifically to realize these benefits. Examples of carbon farming practices include cover cropping, compost applications, woody hedgerows/windrows, and no-till seeding. A carbon farm plan helps a grower identify opportunities to sequester carbon while achieving multiple farm production goals. By identifying what practices Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures January Update

2019 Fall Plastic Container Recycle Day Recap On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures held its’ second container recycling event for 2019.  This free event gives our local farmers, nurseries, pest control businesses, golf courses, parks, and government agencies the opportunity to recycle empty, non-reusable plastic pesticide containers which would otherwise end up in the landfill. During the fall event, 46 participants recycled roughly 10,800 pounds of plastic.  All participants must fill out a Pesticide Container Rinse Certification, which Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau 1st Vice President Jennifer Beretta Elected Chair of the State Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee

Jennifer Beretta, Sonoma County Farm Bureau 1st Vice President and dairy farmer, was elected to chair the California Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Beretta has been involved in YF&R since she was 18 years old and with the State YF&R Committee for four years. Now, she will increase her leadership responsibility to include a 1-year term and seat on the CFBF State Board of Directors. She will be the lone newcomer to the CFBF Board of Directors. Her role on the CFBF State Continue reading →

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