January Agricultural Resources

Written By: Brytann Busick
Published: December 28, 2018

Agricultural Resources

New Online Tool for Landowners
CFBF created an online tool to help landowners learn about the potential layers of regulation on a particular parcel of land. It’s easy to use!

1. Go to wotus.cfbf.com
2. Enter your Farm Bureau Member ID number and password (watersoftheUS2015)
3. Enter the parcel address on an interactive map to help determine whether the 2015 WOTUS rule might apply to that piece of land.

This website is available to Farm Bureau members in California only.

NEW Free/Low-Cost Technical Assistance for Small Manufacturers

The State has recently funded technical assistance consulting for small (20 or less employees) manufacturers, to be provided by a statewide agency charged with helping manufacturing succeed in California. The California Manufacturers Accelerator Program is designed exclusively for small manufacturers to jump start their business growth. This assistance may be used for clients/members—whether in wine, traditional manufacturing, tech, and other related areas. Examples include food processing or farm to table enterprises.

About CMTC
A private, nonprofit corporation established in 1992, CMTC is the California affiliate of NIST MEP under the Federal Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a network of 51 Centers across the country that provides assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers. CMTC represents the MEP system in California and works in close collaboration with manufacturers, partners and agencies on all manufacturing issues and opportunities.

For additional information, please contact Gil Gonzales, Director of Strategic Development, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting® (CMTC) at 415-400-9891 or visit www.cmtc.com

California Land Stewardship Institute (Fish Friendly Farming Program)

Beneficial Management Practices Workshop

Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St, Yountville

Note: vineyard managers must enroll in the Fish Friendly Farming Program (FFF) prior to the workshop. To enroll in FFF, or for additional information please contact Laurel Marcus at laurelm@fishfriendlyfarming.org.

Vineyard managers who attend one of these upcoming workshops will learn how to prepare a farm plan that meets all the requirements of the General Permit.

If you manage one-or-more vineyard properties subject to the General Permit, and you have not already begun to develop farm plans, we strongly encourage you to attend.

The General Permit deadline for completion of its required farm plan is by July of 2020, which is only eighteen months away. By getting started now, you’ll be in the best possible position to achieve compliance.

If you have questions about the General Permit, please contact:

Graham Brown at 510-622-2426 or graham.brown@waterboards.ca.gov

Samantha Harper at 510-622-2415 or samantha.harper@waterboards.ca.gov

Joshua Hoeflich at 510-622-2370 or joshua.hoeflich@waterboards.ca.gov

Mike Napolitano at 510-622-2397 or michael.napolitano@waterboards.ca.gov

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:
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/ConstGuideOnline.pdf

and Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch, which provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their safety and health programs: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/consultation.html

CA Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP)
Free Help for Farmers and Ranchers Dealing with Credit, Debt or Other Issues

The California Agricultural Mediation Program (www.calamp.org) 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.

Requesting mediation is easy!
Go to www.calamp.org and click on “request mediation,”
or CALL (916) 330-4500 and dial ext. 101,
or EMAIL: matts@emcenter.org, maryc@emcenter.org, or juliag@emcenter.org

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

UPDATE: The date for the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Policies to be heard by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has changed to January 29, 2019. This postponement is due to overwhelming comments and at the direction of the CAO. For more information contact Karen Brown
Secretary at 707-565-4446 or visit www.PermitSonoma.org

GOOD READS

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: www.scwa.ca.gov/swrp

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.
DOWNLOAD AT: https://www.cnps.org/give/priority-initiatives/fire-recovery

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.
DOWNLOAD AT: http://sonomarcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Slow-it-Spread-it-Sink-it-Store-it.pdf

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