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Hemp Being Explored as a New Farm Crop in Sonoma County

Some farmers are looking at hemp as potential cash crop to bolster revenues on their family land  Dr. George Sellu is an agriculture instructor who led the Santa Rosa Junior College’s effort to become the first community college in California to develop a hemp agriculture program. The hemp program brings together courses from the horticulture, sustainable agriculture and plant science programs at SRJC. Sellu said that the hemp program provides hands-on opportunities and training for students and provides knowledge and skills for Sonoma County Farmers Continue reading →

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Value of Bay Area Working Landscapes Fuels the State’s Economic Powerhouse

California and Bay Area statistics show the value of working landscapes as a key driver of the state’s robust economy. As the nation’s largest agricultural producer and a primary contributor to the state’s fiscal vitality, California has working landscapes that support more than 1.5 million jobs among those whose livelihoods are tied to the land. With more than 71,000 farms producing 400 different commodities, the Golden State is the nation’s most agriculturally productive and diverse region. California’s working landscapes include farmland, ranches, forest wetlands, mines, Continue reading →

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April Editorial: Hard Times Make for Strong People

I did not think that you could have a more impactful year in Sonoma County than 2019, but we have quickly discovered that is not true.  The COVID-19 pandemic is something that we have never experienced before or likely ever will in our lifetime. People are attempting to adjust to these current norms, hour by hour, every day while new information floods in. I believe everyone is doing his or her best to limit the spread of this virus as much as possible.  Where we Continue reading →

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April Editorial: Pandemic Heroes

These are unsettling times. What our world is going through is horrific. Locally, this pandemic combined with the last few years of fires and floods makes me wonder if our county will ever catch a break. The health of our residents is threatened, and our economy is faltering, but in these trying times, I believe in the American grit. We are a nation that has proven its resiliency and history shows that when faced with adversity our Country rights itself and comes back stronger. For Continue reading →

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April Farm News Member Profile: Definition Films

Have you noticed our new video content featuring local farmers and ranchers on our website and social media platforms? If not, go check out the impressive videos that were shot, edited, and produced by the local video production company Definition Films who traveled up and down Sonoma County and in and out of pastures to capture the beauty, integrity, and heritage of local agriculture.  Definition Films was founded by Justin Liddell during his freshman year of high school in 2008. The local company started as Continue reading →

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New Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures

It is with excitement, happiness, and humility that I get to address the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as the county’s new Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures. I would first like to tell you all how much our Department values our relationship with the Farm Bureau for our shared interest in promoting and protecting agriculture and ensuring the safety and well-being of our families, employees, and environment in which our county’s agricultural operations are situated. This cannot be understated. Secondly, I would like to express Continue reading →

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Crane Fly Infestation

Crane flies, Tipula oleracea, have once again appeared on Sonoma and Marin County’s range, pasture and cultivated lands this season. I have seen their presence only 3 times during my career, but when in large numbers, the done significant damage. The seasonably warm, average 68 degrees, November, followed by a December that lack proper chilling days, resulting in the survival of excessive Crane fly larvae. Weather conditions have led to current infestations on range, pasture and cultivated lands. Larvae are usually killed when a hard Continue reading →

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Joe Pozzi, Recognized by Whole Foods Market for Supplier Of The Year for Northern California

Recognized for his commitment to providing a local 100% grass fed lamb product to all 47 Northern California Whole Foods Stores. Joe Pozzi – of  Pozzi Ranch Lamb was honored by Whole Foods Market with their Supplier of the Year Award  for Perishable Products. Recognized for their incredible achievements in 2019, Pozzi Ranch Lamb was recognized at a reception held in Austin, Texas, on February18. The annual awards recognize suppliers that embody Whole Foods Market’s mission and values through proven commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, Continue reading →

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