CALENDAR: Upcoming Events, Trainings, Actions to Take

MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

ACTIONS TO TAKE BEFORE MAY 11th

1) REDUCE TARIFFS
Tell our U.S. Trade Representative to negotiate on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers to reduce tariffs and to open markets for our products! Make your voice heard during the open comments period! Visit https://bit.ly/2HD8SWP for a template and info needed to submit your comments requesting that the administration negotiate to reduce tariffs and to open markets for our ag products.

2) SUPPORT 2018 FARM BILL
Tell our members of Congress to support this important bill for our Farmers & Ranchers! It only takes a few minutes. VISIT https://www.fb.org/advocacy/farm-bill-action-week to learn more, get resources, templates, and info to make it contacting our representatives easy!

SONOMA & MARIN COUNTY Representatives:
Mike Thompson, 5th District
Jared Huffman, 2nd District

May 11TH Marin/Sonoma Agriculture Round Table
Farmers and ranchers from both counties will gather to hear from county staff and agricultural representatives at this forum, which will cover topics of interest to the agricultural community. From Farm Stays to product development to building and permitting issues, we have much to share and learn from each other. With: Marin County Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, Sonoma County Supervisors Lynda Hopkins & David Rabbitt and county staff.
TIME: 9 am – 12:30 pm
LOCATION: Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, 94952
COST: Pre-register. FREE
INFO: www.eventbrite.com SEARCH: Marin Sonoma

MAY 12th FFA Forever Blue Dinner & Auction
Santa Rosa High School’s Agricultural Program’s working farm and livestock facilities enhance the hands-on education for students and set the program apart from other chapters. The school farm was affected by the wildfires, but they are ready to rebuild, but we need your help!
TIME: 6:30 – 10 pm – 21 & over event
LOCATION: Mary Agatha Furth Center – 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor
COST: $40
INFO & TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com SEARCH: Forever Blue Dinner

May 17-18-19 HOME & RANCH READINESS SUMMIT
Northern California’s only preparedness event for the whole community to learn how to rescue livestock and equine during our next emergency. TRAIN, SHARE, PREPARE!
TIME: 8 am daily
LOCATION: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
COST: FREE
INFO & REGISTRATION: www.RanchReadinessDay.com

May 19th HALTER Honors the Heroes – Community Preparedness Awards
Please join The HALTER Project to honor individuals, agencies, and businesses whose actions inspire preparedness in their communities. Attire: Country Cocktail. Benefits Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter Association.
TIME: 5:30 pm – 10 pm, May 19
DONATIONS: Table of 10 – $1500; Individual $100
LOCATION: The Racetrack Showcase Pavilion at Sonoma County Fairgrounds
INFO: VISIT: HALTERproject.org or Email: rescue@halterfund.org

June 1st Sonoma County Winegrower’s Annual Seminar, Tradeshow & BBQ
The event is open to all wine industry, allied industry members and the public. The tradeshow will feature over 50 vendors. Lunch with Sonoma County wines is included with the ticket price. The annual Viticulture Award of Excellence will also be presented.
TIME: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Warren G. Dutton Pavilion at Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, CA. COST:
COST: Grower: Free, Public $20 (includes lunch)
INFO: https://SonomaWineGrape.TicketLeap.com/2018-grower-bbq/ or Email: Sheila@sonomawinegrape.org

June 8th Sonoma Co Farm Bureau Golf Tournament
SCFB’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting ag education. The proceeds from this tournament support a wide array of Agricultural Education Programs which include Ag Days, scholarships, 4-H and FFA programs, Agriculture in the Classroom, Young Farmers & Ranchers & many more.
TIMES: 11:30 AM – Registration – 6 PM – Dinner, Awards & Raffle
LOCATION: Windsor Golf Course
INFO & REGISTRATION: SonomaFB.org/golf-tournament/

NOW thru June 30 – ENTER THE SONOMA COUNTY FAIR
The 2018 Sonoma County Fair will occur August 2-12. Sonoma County Fair exhibitor guidebooks will be available May 1 online, in the Sonoma County Fair Office or the non-livestock book can be picked up at one of the Sonoma County Libraries. In 2018 all entries will be submitted online. Entries will close June 30. The best place to look for information is on the website: sonomacountyfair.com. If you have any questions or need assistance entering, please stop by the Entry Office, email us at entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com or call (707)545-4203.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

May 31st
The Sonoma County Flower Show scholarship application
www.SonomaCountyFair.com/fair/scholarship.php
Interviews will take place June 15.

June 14th
North Bay Credit Union
www.NorthBayCU.com/about/become-a-member/scholarships.html

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES

May 22nd
CDFA GRANT FUNDING for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program
Grant Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/

June 6th EXTENDED DEADLINE
Ag + Open Space Matching Grant Application
Competitive Matching Grant Program provides funding to public agencies and nonprofits for the protection of open spaces within Sonoma County communities for local agriculture, community recreation, natural resource restoration, and public access. Please note that funding through the program can help support recovery efforts in fire-impacted communities through the restoration of habitats, acquisition and development of land for community open space, and other projects. Eligible projects that aid in rebuilding and recovery efforts in affected communities may be given preference.
www.SonomaOpenSpace.org/how-we-work/matching-grant-program/

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Area CE Forestry Advisor to serve Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties
The University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Application Deadline: June 8th
http://UCANR.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/?jobnum=1362

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