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Sanchietti Family Celebrates a Century on Land They Love

Sanchiettis are Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year and will be honored at Love of the Land Celebration For 100 years, four generations of the Sanchietti Family have done what it takes to stay on their land, adapting and changing with the times to grow the kind of crops -from pears to pinot noir – that allowed them to keep doing what they love: Farming. It’s all unfolded on a piece of ground between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol where over the last century the Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Supervisors Consider Lifting Some Farm ADU Restrictions in August

The Sonoma County Planning Commission is recommending to the Board of Supervisors that farmers on certain qualifying parcels be allowed to build one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), defined as a non-farm residence on their property. Such a decision would lift the second dwelling unit exclusion for Ag property within the Z Combining District that currently excludes ADUs. This exclusion has been in place for 26 years despite several attempts to remove it. The recommendation came during a Planning Commission public hearing on May 2. The Continue reading →

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July Editorial: Just Because You’re Offended Doesn’t Mean You’re Right

How do some people choose to fill their time once all of their basic needs of food, water and shelter are met?  The answer for some is to attack and terrorize farmers and ranchers simply because they don’t approve of their business.  Animal rights groups, such as Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) specifically, are descending upon Sonoma County and their protests have become the norm here as of late. Their actions vary from blocking traffic on farms, trespassing, chaining themselves to equipment and outright theft.  People Continue reading →

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July Editorial: The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Awards $158,650 in Scholarships

The beginning of summer is a favorite time of mine – not necessarily for the warm weather and long days (although I enjoy that) but for the opportunity to see and welcome home our ag kids. Sonoma County does a great job of nurturing and growing amazing young people that have a passion and the smarts to take on 2-year college, 4-year college and trade school curriculum. During the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County’s interviews, I had a chance to see some of these Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Van Bebber Bros., Inc.

The family-owned steel service center, Van Bebber Bros. Inc., is the oldest family-owned business in Petaluma. The Premium Farm Bureau member has served the greater Bay Area since 1901. Royce Van Bebber is the 5th generation to carry on his family’s steel legacy. He took over the business in 2015, after his father passed away after a battle with cancer. “My dad and I used to share the same office and worked closely together,” Royce said. “I was 37 years old when he passed, and Continue reading →

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SRJC Shone Farm Winery receives awards, announces new initiative to train Sonoma County wine industry workforce

Santa Rosa, CA—Shortly after receiving four medals at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Shone Farm Winery launched a revamped wine club to provide students with real-world learning opportunities in the direct-to-consumer sales channel. The goal is to provide students with valuable real-world experience utilizing wine club software, planning and managing winery events, and employing effective wine marketing techniques. “We are responding to an overwhelming industry demand for a trained workforce familiar with wine club management, tasting room Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures July Update

Chlorpyrifos Ban In a move to protect workers, public health, and the environment, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is acting to ban the use of the pesticide and toxic air contaminant chlorpyrifos in California by initiating cancellation of the pesticide. The decision to ban chlorpyrifos follows mounting evidence that the pesticide causes serious health effects in children and other sensitive populations at lower levels of exposure than previously understood. In April, chlorpyrifos was formally listed as a “toxic air contaminant,” which California law defines Continue reading →

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Meet Your Perfect Match – “Match.Graze” to Reduce Fire Fuels

As previously mentioned in the September 2018 issue of the Sonoma- Marin Farm News the frequency, intensity, and size of wildfires in northern California have increased. This trend is alarming given that California’s fire season is expected to become longer and start earlier. The fire season started in early June this year as Sonoma County experienced smoke from Sand Fire in Yolo County. To mitigate future fire, the County of Sonoma has adopted a new hazardous vegetation abatement ordinance which mandates that parcels of five Continue reading →

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