AUGUST Agricultural Resources

Regenerating Oak Woodlands

Do you own land with oak woodland habitat? Was your property impacted by the October fires? The Sonoma RCD is looking for landowners interested in planting acorns, oak seedlings and oak woodland plants this fall. Please let us know if you have a site that might be good for planting and/or collecting acorns.

To notify us of your site or learn more about this emerging program, contact Keith Abeles from the Sonoma RCD at (707) 569-1448 ext. 112 or email

CA Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP)
Free Help for Farmers and Ranchers Dealing with credit, debt or other issues

The California Agricultural Mediation Program ( is here to help. CALAMP provides FREE mediation for farm credit issues; farm loans; federal farm and conservation programs; wetlands determinations; grazing permits on national forest system lands; and rural housing loans.

Mediation is a voluntary process where an impartial person, called a mediator, brings parties together to resolve a challenge and identify a path forward. Mediation is voluntary, confidential, and the outcome remains fully in the parties’ control. While the mediator can help parties identify options, the mediator does not tell the participants what to do or issue a “ruling.” The final decision always belongs to the participants. Approximately 75% of mediations end in a mutually agreed-upon settlement.

Watch this short video ( to see the ag credit mediation process in action.

Requesting mediation is easy!
Go to and click on “request mediation,”
or CALL (916) 330-4500 and dial ext. 101,
or EMAIL:,, or

Do You Use Heavy Equipment?

Stay safe and fine free: Cal/OSHA’s Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry, which includes specific sections on forklifts and other heavy equipment safety:

and Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch, which provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their safety and health programs:

Vineyard Employee Recognition Program: Deadline Aug. 10
Sonoma County Winegrowers are asking for your help in identifying vineyard employees who exhibit excellence in the workplace! Full time, part-time or seasonal employees working in agriculture for a vineyard owner, vineyard management company or winery are eligible for the Vineyard Employee Sustainability Recognition Award.

We are now accepting applications for July’s award; this month’s award focuses on Canopy Management.


The Southern Sonoma Storm-Water Resource Plan (SWRP)

The Southern Sonoma Storm-Water Resource Plan (SWRP) draft is available for public review. The Plan identifies and prioritizes projects that capture, treat, or reuse storm-water runoff. It applies to the Petaluma and Sonoma Creek watersheds. Information on the planning process and plan can be found here:

$2 billion For Farmers & Ranchers Affected by 2017 Wildfires (2017 WHIP)

Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Sign-ups began July 16, 2018 and will continue through November 16, 2018. “We are making immediate, initial payments of up to 50 percent of the calculated assistance so producers can pay their bills.” Said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Additional payments will be issued, if funds remain available, later in the year.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs, please contact your local USDA service center or visit

$57 million in Grants to food processors to improve energy efficiency

The state of California is offering $57 million in grants to help the food processing industry cut emissions and energy use. The grant program is the result of last year’s Assembly Bill 109, which created the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
There are two tiers of grant money available: one for drop-in replacements and another for emerging technology. Applications are due Aug. 31.

Applications for 2019 Nuffield International Farming Scholarships

Nuffield International Farming Scholars applications for 2019 scholarships are now open, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective Nuffield Scholars are men and women in agriculture with a desire to explore the global industry and find new best practices and insight they can bring back home with them. Scholars are typically between the ages of 25 and 45 with direct engagement in the agriculture industry.

Applications for the 2019 program are due by 30 September 2018


Sonoma County Fair
Salute to Heroes at the Sonoma County Fair!
August 2-12 – Closed Mondays

HOURS: Open daily 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (closed Mondays)

LOCATION : 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Wines & Vines Packaging Conference
August 9, 2018 – 8 am

WHERE: Lincoln Theater in Yountville, Calif.
INFO: Visit for details

The fifth annual Wines & Vines Packaging Conference includes sessions, exhibits and amenities that are designed for winemakers, winery operations managers, purchasing managers, wine marketers and other industry professionals.

Discount for Sonoma County Farm Bureau members: Email to get a special discounted registration.

Before the Fires strikes:
How to prepare your home and create a resilient rural landscape
August 24 – 9 am

Our ability to live more safely in this fire-hazard environment depends upon our pre-fire activities, as actions taken before a wildfire occurs that improve the survivability of people and homes. Hosted by UCCE Sonoma. The intended audience is large property owners as well as homeowners.

WHEN: August 24th, 2018 – 9am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville


Voice your Opposition to Immigration Legislation that Hurts California

The U.S. House of Representatives could soon take up legislation that would establish a deeply flawed new agricultural guest worker program with the mandatory use of E-Verify. The bill is H.R. 6417, or the Ag and Legal Workforce Act (ALWA). Reform of the nation’s immigration laws is a top priority for CFBF and our members. We support an expanded guest worker program and a path to legal status for individuals currently working in agriculture. Unfortunately, ALWA falls far short of a solution for our farmers and employees. We are calling upon our congressional delegation to oppose bringing this bill to the floor for a vote.

Your message to Congress will encourage them to oppose this bill that hurts California! ACT TODAY!

Sonoma County Recovers Together
What do you want to see?

Come share your ideas about what action will lead to a successful recovery and resilient future for Sonoma County. Topics Include…preparedness, infrastructure, housing, economy, natural resources, and safety net. Childcare, snacks, and Spanish translation will be provided, and an additional meeting in all Spanish will be announced soon.

RSVP requested:
More information:

WHEN: August 2, 2018 TIME: 6-8 pm
WHERE: 2060 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa

WHEN: August 8, 2018 TIME: 6-8 pm
WHERE: Veterans Building, 126 1st Street W, Sonoma

Santa Rosa’s Zero Waste Plan

The City of Santa Rosa needs input from the community to help shape Santa Rosa’s Zero Waste Plan. Zero Waste is an approach to managing resources more efficiently, from the design of products, their use, and handling at end-of-life.

Please answer questions in this brief survey to let us know what you think the priorities should be for Santa Rosa’s zero waste plan:

Please join us at our upcoming workshops to learn more about the Santa Rosa Zero Waste Plan and share your thoughts!

WHEN: August 7, 2018 6-8pm – The Story of Waste and Community Brainstorm
WHEN: August 8, 2018 6-8pm – The Story of Waste and Community Brainstorm
WHEN: September 18, 2018 6-8pm – Potential Strategies for Zero Waste
WHEN: October 22, 2018 6-8pm – Draft Zero Waste Plan

WHERE: Finley Community Center, Cypress Room A&B – 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa


Sonoma RCD: California Native Plant Society Fire Recovery Guide
What should you do with your land after a wildfire? The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide addresses that question in an easy-to-use booklet, a collaborative effort between CNPS, North Bay partner organizations, and some of the best fire experts in the state.

Sonoma RCD: Slow It, Spread It, Sink It, Store It
Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management and Water Conservation Strategies is now available in Spanish and English.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
By David R. Montgomery AND The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. Co-authored by David R. Montgomry. Connect with him at or on Twitter (@Dig2Grow)

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