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2019 YF&R Conference

2019 YF&R Conference This two-day leadership conference is attended by over 200 YF&Rs from across California and neighboring states. The conference is an opportunity to network with other YF&Rs, gain insight and ideas for building a better local YF&R program and receive updates on key issues and topics affecting the agriculture industry and young agriculturalists in California. February 21-23, 2019 – Doubletree Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park, CA Sebastopol Tour Beretta Dairy The Beretta Family is 4th generation and has been in the dairy business since Continue reading → MORE

Youth Pruning & Viticulture Challenge

You are invited to Participate in the 15th Annual Saralee McClelland Kunde Memorial Sonoma County Youth Pruning Contest and Viticulture Challenge Saturday, February 9, 2019 Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm 7450 Steve Olsen Lane, Forestville The Pruning contest will be a timed and judged pruning contest with participants separated into age groups. The Viticulture Challenge will be a series of questions relation to viticulture in general and specific to Sonoma County Viticulture. It is a set-up similar to the Jeopardy game. For practice questions, Continue reading → MORE

Agriculture Continues to Be a Major Driver of Today’s Robust Sonoma County Economy

Building on over two centuries of agricultural history, North Bay farmers are considering their options when it comes to continuing to produce what they have been doing for decades, while also keeping a close eye on consumer trends that could signal a shift toward more diverse offerings, including a possible return to crops that once represented a major part of the region’s output. Evidence of this is seen in the rise of craft breweries (with a need for hops), the advent of the hard cider Continue reading → MORE

Happy Cows, Happy Water Buffalo

Driving along Valley Ford Road in Petaluma, passersby might think they are catching a glimpse of a zoo. What some might guess is a part of a roadside attraction is actually a milking water buffalo herd and the dairy of new Sonoma County Farm Bureau member Andrew Zlot. Why would someone want to start a water buffalo dairy? Surprisingly, in the case of Double 8 Dairy, the answer is mozzarella cheese. Andrew Zlot, owner of the only water buffalo dairy in Sonoma County said he Continue reading → MORE

Taking up the Torch

I will never forget when I first became involved with Farm Bureau. At a Young Farmers and Ranchers meeting a great friend, Sam Dolcini, gave an incredible speech that motivated me to get active. Another great friend, John Azevedo, got me to become a member. Twenty years later, I am ecstatic that I became involved in this organization that promotes and protects agriculture. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a vineyard manager for the Dutton Family in Sebastopol. I am a Continue reading → MORE

January Editorial

A Moment of Reflection John F. Kennedy said “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Great words to live by and 2019 will be a year of change for your Farm Bureau. But before sprinting into changes for our new Farm Bureau year, I need to reflect on 2018, lest it becomes a speck in the rearview mirror. Not only are we welcoming in a new calendar year of doing Continue reading → MORE

Balletto Vineyards

John Balletto, President and Founder of Balletto Vineyards, said that he is proud to raise his family and to make a living in the agriculture industry in Sonoma County. “We are honored to a be a member of our farming community,” Balletto said. “We truly have a great community. I think it really showed last year when the fires hit our area, and everyone came out to help their neighbors.” Like many in Sonoma County, John and Terri Balletto are no strangers to adversity. Together, Continue reading → MORE

Tim Tesconi Honored with Spirit of Sonoma Award

Past Sonoma County Farm Bureau Executive Director and all-around friend to the agriculture community, Tim Tesconi, received the Spirit of Sonoma Award on December 14. The event sponsored by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Tesconi was recognized alongside 21 other recipients at the annual awards ceremony. The Spirit of Sonoma Awards recognizes the leadership and positive contributions that business and agriculture leaders, chambers, and trade groups give to our local economy and community. To Continue reading → MORE

Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures Report

Container Recycle Recap The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures held its fall plastic container recycling event on November 13, 2018. This free event gives our local farmers, nurseries, pest control businesses, golf courses, parks, and government agencies the opportunity to recycle empty non-reusable plastic pesticide containers, which would otherwise end up in the landfill. All participants must complete a Pesticide Container Rinse Certification from, certifying the containers are clean and have been triple-rinsed in accordance with Section 6684 of the California Code of Continue reading → MORE

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