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  Agricultural Resources Russian River Pilot for the CA Water Plan Update 2018 Friday, July 13TIME: 9:00 a.m. to noon WHERE: North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Regional Board Offices, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, Santa RosaJoin us for an update on work over the last several months to synthesize understanding of the Russian River from prior studies and planning efforts and to define an overall problem statement for the watershed and river system. We will also review initial concepts and approaches for addressing Continue reading → MORE

ADVOCACY: Your Farm Bureau Working for You

“As the united voice of Agriculture, our MISSION is to represent, protect and advance the social, economic and educational interests of the farmers and ranchers of Sonoma County.”   Here are the key issues we have been working on: Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Revised Local Agency Management Plan (LAMP): At their May 22nd meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors considered revisions to the Sonoma County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Manual (OWTS) Local Agency Management Plan (LAMP). These revisions to the County manual was Continue reading → MORE

DeBernardis Honored as Farm Family of the Year

The family farm, the idyllic symbol of American life that politicians and policymakers always pledge to preserve, is alive and well – even flourishing - on an organic dairy in the Two Rock Valley west of Petaluma. MORE

Farm Labor Shortages Continue to Plague California’s Ag Industry

Results of a voluntary online survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation’s (CFBF) Federal Policy Division eight months ago showed that farmers and ranchers in every California region reported continuing difficulty in finding enough workers for planting, cultivating and harvesting food and other crops. This trend is continuing, and for some, it is a major concern. MORE

Protecting and Promoting Our Viticulture and Agriculture

For the second time, I was honored to be invited by the Sonoma County Wine Growers to attend the Congressional Wine Caucus in Washington, D.C. last month to help educate members of congress about the California wine industry and specifically to keep Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage at top of mind with our government leaders. MORE

Keeping your Business, Property, Livestock and Crops Safe

Over the years I’ve noticed a negative trend in the way activists, specifically animal rights activists, conduct their protests; more aggressive, theatrical, often destructive or violent, and more about the “action” than the “cause” the group hopes to address. MORE

Vineyards and Vineyard Management Firms Are Using More H-2A Certified Farm Workers

Grape growers and vineyard management firms are among Ag industry’s leaders in the North Bay when it comes to providing worker housing and hiring H-2A guest agricultural workers. MORE

Farm Bureau Member Profile: Meet Exchange Bank

“From generation to generation, we invest in people, business and community to build a strong future.” Exchange Bank Mission Statement MORE


A Call to Arms From my perspective, the single biggest threat we face to sustainably producing high quality winegrapes in Sonoma County is the proliferation of the vine mealybug. MORE

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To represent, protect and advance the social, economic and educational interests of the farmers and ranchers of Sonoma County.