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In the News

Log it, Graze it, or Watch it Burn

The West seems to be on track to have catastrophic wildfires annually. Diverse interests place blame on a wide variety of causes including climate change and decades of inadequate land management. Meanwhile, here in Sonoma County as the smoke dissipates from our latest fire, landowners continue to assess the feasibility of implementing fire resiliency measures on their properties. Though a wide variety of tools are available, barriers including high costs, lack of labor, time constraints, regulatory red tape, and absentee landowners leave many wanting to Continue reading →

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Sonoma County’s First Breweries

Petaluma’s popularity as a hotspot for beer enthusiasts began long before the current craft beer renaissance.  During the 19th century, Sonoma County’s southernmost town was home to several breweries – the first of which was established in 1855 by Frederick Christlich on North Main (today’s Petaluma Boulevard North) at West Street. The Petaluma Brewery, as it was aptly named, was not only the first Petaluma brewery, but also the first Sonoma County brewery. After a succession of owners, the brewery was purchased by George Robuson Continue reading →

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Death, Taxes and Sonoma County Fires

Well, it is fire season again in Sonoma County and I guess we are going for some kind of record here with four years in a row of dealing with fire or smoke. Maybe now the State will take forest management more seriously. When the entire state is ablaze, someone in Sacramento should take notice. For far too long logging and land management have taken a back seat here. Stifled and restricted by legislators and environmental groups, our forests are overgrown, and rangeland is left Continue reading →

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Vote No on Prop 15

Proposition 15 is bad. There is no other way to put it and my dislike of the measure is not just because it hurts our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. Proposition 15 is ill-intended, poorly written, and ambiguous.  I wish I could say the poorly constructed language around Proposition 15 was an anomaly, but sadly, I cannot. Without debating the merits of term limits, now that our state legislators have a limited amount of time in office, the frenzy to author bills and to build Continue reading →

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October Farm News Member Profile: Che Casul

Meet our newest Farm Bureau member, Che Casul. His father was Puerto Rican born on the island and raised in the projects of NYC and on his mother’s side, Che is a 7th generation rancher on the same land his family settled in Bodega in 1851.  Che said that both of his parents were in helping professions, which has been a part of his family’s legacy for generations.  “A prime example of this is that after he finished building a house for the family the Continue reading →

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2020 Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County Grant Program in Partnership with the Alvin James Hansen Foundation Now Accepting Applications

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 Funding, School Farm Projects, Brick Continue reading →

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2020 Voter Guide

Vote No on Prop 15 Farm Bureau Members, it’s time to take action. Help us defeat Prop 15, the $11.5 billion-a-year property tax increase on the November ballot. Now is not the time increase our cost of living and make our economic crisis worse. Thank you for fighting to defeat Prop 15! Here’s how you can help us defeat this legislation: 1)Donate to the Family Farmers Alliance PAC. Support our efforts to defeat Prop 15 by donating to our PAC- Family Farmers Alliance (ID Number Continue reading →

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County Lands for Food Production (CLFP) – 2020 Reboot

In 2011, UCCE lead efforts to explore the use of County owned lands for farmers, ranchers and communities to produce food. This effort, The County Lands for Food Production (CLFP), brought together a team from several Sonoma County Departments to assess currently vacant lands owned by the County and managed by the different County departments. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors directed staff to assess the opportunities for growing food; in either community garden or through production agriculture. County departments involved in this program included Continue reading →

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