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In the News

Bodega Bay’s Landmark Meredith Fish Company is Lost

The Meredith Fish Company pier and cannery at Bodega Bay is gone. The demolition took three weeks to complete. According to County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, what happens next with property is yet to be determined; however, it will likely include “a nod to the tremendous history of the wharf.” That history dates back to 1942 when the Meredith Fish Company bought a lot from local ranchers Charles and Mary Columbo for approximately $1,500, where they built a $50,000 fish processing plant and pier. The Meredith Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Partners with Business Stakeholder Group to Address COVID-19 Challenges

The negative impacts of COVID-19 have and continue to put a strain on Sonoma County’s business community. Recently, local business leaders are taking action to support one another during the continuing shutdown by forming a diverse stakeholder group to represent the business community’s interests, concerns, and innovations. Now, in the 8th month of the Pandemic, local leaders reflect on how they have weathered the numerous challenges brought on by the Pandemic and subsequent shutdowns and hunker down for the winter as a third COVID-19 wave Continue reading →

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It Has Been an Honor

Has it really been two years already?! We have had so much happen in Sonoma County that time has flown by. As I reflect on my time serving as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Board President, I am very proud of all the work we have and continue to accomplish at Farm Bureau. Strengthening and preserving agriculture in Sonoma County has always been and continues to be our number one priority. This year we made a concerted effort to help defeat Prop 15 and in Continue reading →

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2020 Reflections

We are in the last 31 days of 2020 and I am sure most of us are looking forward to the new year. But with the end of this year, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau adds another successful presidential term into the history books. As you may know, our officer team tends to serve in their position for two years and as we transition, I thank Jeff Carlton for his two years of service as our board leader and welcome Jennifer Beretta to the post. Continue reading →

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December Farm News Member Profile Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc.

Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc. is the largest forestry consulting firm in the southern redwood region and the newest Sonoma County Farm Bureau member. For local landowners who grapple with the impacts of persistent wildfires and seek to improve their land management, ERS is here to help. The company, headquartered in Sebastopol, works with clients including small private landowners, large industrial landholders, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies on lands throughout the western United States to manage their forest land and natural resources. Their professional staff Continue reading →

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Monarchs on the Brink

SPECIES BACKGROUND: The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic species of wildlife in all of America. These incredible butterflies undertake one of the world’s most remarkable and fascinating migrations, traveling thousands of miles over many generations from Mexico, across the United States, to Canada. During winter months, monarchs find seasonal refuge in carefully selected forested groves along the Pacific Coast and the mountains of central Mexico–these special refuges are called overwintering sites. Overwintering sites provide a very specific microclimate to help monarchs conserve Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures

PERMIT RENEWALS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION REMINDERS The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures is now accepting appointments to renew Operator Identification Numbers and Restricted Materials Permits. If your Operator Identification Number or Restricted Material Permit expires this year, you must renew prior to applying pesticides in 2021. Please call (707) 565-2371 to schedule an appointment. An inspector will evaluate your needs prior to your appointment time and, in some cases, a renewal may be allowed through email or other remote/minimum contact method. For the Continue reading →

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Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Grant Program in Partnership with the Alvin Hansen Trust Accepting Category B Grant Applications

$$$ for Agriculture Education Available! Apply today to fund efforts that support ag education. Minimum Grant Funding= $500 Maximum Funding = $15,000 The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County is proud to administer a grant program utilizing funds contributed by the Alvin James Hansen Foundation to support agriculture education. Grant requests can be made for programs and projects that further agriculture education, especially efforts that further youth education in agriculture. The type of grants to be awarded vary and may include: Equipment Purchases Educational Program Continue reading →

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