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In the News

Beretta Family’s Culture of Care Recognized with Luther Burbank Conservation Award

Beretta Family to be honored at Farm Bureau’s Love of the Land Celebration A sign over the breakfast table lays out the “Beretta Family Rules.” Some of the rules are common-sense admonitions like “Love Your Family” and “Forgive and Forget,” daily reminders that keep the close-knit family moving forward as they live and work on their multi-generational dairy just beyond Santa Rosa’s urban edge. The sign also inspires both life and the business of farming with the words “Try New Things” and “Do the Right Continue reading →

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Sheep and Goat Grazing is On The Rise as a Wildfire Abatement Tool

Heavy rains produced higher than average grass and weed fuel loads in many Northern California areas this year, causing landowners, municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations to search for options, such as contracting with sheep and goat owners to help reduce fire danger through prescribed grazing. Thirty-six inches of rain fell between November 2018 and March 2019 in the greater Santa Rosa area, as reported by UCCE Sonoma County. This amount of water stimulated seasonal grass and weed growth reaching heights of five feet or more Continue reading →

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June Editorial- Taking Farm Bureau on the Road

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the California Farm Bureau Federation Roadshow in Santa Rosa. CFBF revamped an event that took place nearly a century ago in California. CFBF staff used to travel around the state to talk with farmers about the issues that were impacting them and how CFBF could better serve them. We all know that list was, and still is today, long and cumbersome. The Roadshow on May 2 provided time to meet and engage with our CFBF President Jamie Continue reading →

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June Editorial- The California Farmer: Burdened by Rising Regulatory Costs

Lynn Hamilton and Michael McCullough, two agribusiness professors at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, recently published a study titled “A Decade of Change: A Case Study of Regulatory Compliance Costs in the Produce Industry”. Working with Poly students, they updated a similar study that had been done in 2006 and used the decade between 2007 and 2017 as their base. Bottom line – through their research it was determined that in a 10-year period, lettuce growers in the Salinas Valley realized a 795% increase in Continue reading →

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Member Profile: Friedman’s Home Improvement

From foundation to finish, Friedman’s Home Improvement stores have been serving Sonoma County residents for 73 years. The family-owned and operated home improvement business supplies products for contractors, DIYers, and agriculturalists alike. Need a gallon of paint? Looking to remodel your kitchen? Have a line of fencing that needs to be fixed? Friedman’s has you covered. “Our strength is in having that breadth of product,” Friedman’s President and CEO Barry Friedman said. “Our stores are full of everything from rebar, lumber, windows and doors to Continue reading →

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Award-Winning Shone Farm Winery Supports SRJC Wine Studies Students

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm Winery won four awards at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded a Double Gold Medal, while the 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Syrah were both awarded Gold Medal, and the 2017 Chardonnay was awarded a Silver Medal. Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Winery is a premium commercial wine operation and educational facility in the heart of the Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Shone Farm Wines are produced by our Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures June Update

Board Of Supervisors Approves Temporary Moratorium On Industrial Hemp On April 2, 2019, the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved a moratorium on industrial hemp in the county that is set to sunset on April 30, 2020. Sonoma is one of about 27 counties that have passed a moratorium. In my presentation to the Board, I outlined my concerns that led to a recommendation that Sonoma County approve a temporary moratorium. First and foremost of those concerns is the fact that the California Department of Food Continue reading →

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau Welcomes Summer Intern, Ariel Scholten

Ariel Scholten, daughter of Vince and Lynn Scholten and granddaughter of Jim and Wendy Porter, grew up in Sebastopol on a plant nursery with her grandparents’ cattle and sheep ranch a short drive away. Involvement in 4-H as a Sonoma County All Star Ambassador and the Gold Ridge 4-H Club President as well as the Sonoma Section FFA President and Sebastopol Chapter President led her to participate in a variety of projects and competitions. Her hard work and dedication to the agricultural community paid off. Continue reading →

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