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!
- Go to wotus.cfbf.com
- Enter your Farm Bureau Member ID number and password (watersoftheUS2015)
- 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. Can’t remember your Farm Bureau Member ID? Call the Sonoma County Farm Bureau M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at (707) 544-5575 for help.
Field Day Announcement:
Calling all Northern California Sheep Raisers &/or Want to be Sheep Raisers!
Come join the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center in partnership with the North Bay Wool Growers Association to discuss the challenges of raising sheep and goats for fiber, meat, and milk. Presentations and demos will cover:
- Running small multi-purpose flocks
- Organic sheep & wool production
- Rotational grazing & contract grazing
- Sheepdog training
- Predator prevention
- Sheep shearing
- Working with your local mill
The day will also include time to share ideas and experiences.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 pm
More information and how to register, visit http://hrec.ucanr.edu/
Save The Date: Impacts of Tillage Management on Soil Health & Moisture
MacLeod Family Vineyard, Kenwood, CA
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Join us for a tour of the multi-year demonstration field trials established in 2017 to look at the impacts of different types of tillage management on soil health and moisture content. We will discuss the ongoing project with the grower, project science advisor, and others involved with the trial.
Further details and a registration link will be posted at SonomaRCD.org (Get Involved tab) towards the end of April. Registration is strongly encouraged as space will be limited to 40 people.
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: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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