Agricultural Advocacy & Resources

Written By: Brytann Busick
Published: December 28, 2018
Sonoma County Farm Bureau:

Your Agricultural Advocate

August 2019

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is hard at work to support our member’s interests in Sonoma County and beyond. Here’s what we did for you in August:
2018 Sonoma County Crop Report
The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures presented the 2018 Sonoma County Crop Report on August 20 at the Board of Supervisors Meeting. The 2018 Crop
Report represents a significant landmark in that it is the first time that Sonoma County’s gross agricultural crop value has exceeded $1 billion dollars! This year’s crop report theme features our
local dairy industry.
KSRO Morning Show with Pat Kerrigan
On August 7, 2019, Executive Director Tawny Tesconi joined Pat Kerrigan on the KSRO Morning Show to talk about the recent Cattle Drive, the Sonoma County Fair, and impact the trade war
with China has on agriculture. To listen to the interview visit https://www.ksro.com/2019/08/07/ interview-tawny-tesconi-2/ Animal Rights Activists (DxE)
As the legal implications of their alleged illegal behavior continue through the Sonoma County justice system, the DxE organization appears to be reevaluating their leadership and outreach
strategies.
On August 7, Wayne Hsiung, leader and co-founder of DxE announced that he is stepping down from his leadership position. As the result of multiple raids on farms in North Carolina, Utah, and
California, Hsiung, along with other activists, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Hsiung now faces 85 to 100 years in prison for these criminal activities.
Hsiung wrote in a DxE blog post, “As of September 1, 2019, I will be stepping down as Lead Organizer of the founding SF Bay Chapter and all other leadership roles within the DxE network.
Almira Tanner — who has been on our Steering Committee for over 4 years, has led our Direct Action and Development committees, and is uniquely qualified for the job — will be taking on the
role of Lead Organizer.”
DxE will host the Animal Liberation California Convergence on September 28, 2019. According to the Facebook event page, hundreds of activists will “converge in the SF Bay Area for a
groundbreaking mass action for animals.” Farmers and ranchers in the surrounding area should be aware and alert to potential activist activity on your property.
As a service for our members, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau will host the event Beyond the Fence Line again this year on October 29 to help farmers learn how to prepare for potential activist
activity.
City of Santa Rosa, Reclaimed Water Ag User Contracts
In last month’s article, we had indicated that we would report back on the meeting held on July 22nd with the City of Santa Rosa to review the proposed contracts for use of reclaimed water by
local farmers. Unfortunately, one ag water user was able to attend the meeting and it was not held.
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Region 1
In mid-August, the North Coast Regional Water Board acted on two major regulatory plans that have been in the works for many years:
General Waste Charge Requirements for Dairies:
The Board issued General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dairies (GWDR) in the North Coast Region that covers the management of process water, manure and other organic materials
at dairies. The GWDR replaces 2012 permit coverage for about 120 existing cow dairies and adds provisions for regulation of goat, sheep, and water buffalo dairies.
Working with the Western United Dairymen, UC Cooperative Extension and our local dairymen, SCFB worked with the water board and their staff to eliminate the requirement for farm plans to be submitted annually to the agency and to reduce the requirements being proposed for bacteria testing and runoff monitoring. The board and staff were receptive and was willing to listen to our concerns and through the combined effort of stakeholders, some proposed requirements were reduced or eliminated.
Russian River TMDL Action Plan & Staff Report:
At their August meeting, the North Coast Regional Water Board considered a TMDL Action Plan for the Russian River Watershed. Homeowners, the North Bay Association of Realtors,
Supervisor Hopkins and Executive Director Tesconi all provided public comment suggesting the proposed regulations for OWTS inspections were onerous and overreach. The Board
listened to the concerns, provided feedback and did offer to include language that allows the local jurisdiction (the County of Sonoma) to determine the requirements for the inspectors.
Regardless, it is estimated that there are approximately 7,000 parcels within the designated plan area. Any septic systems on those parcels will need to be inspected every 5 years – which we
estimate will cost landowners about $1,200.
Also, the plan calls for all parcel owners identified who have farm animals to start best management practices (BMPs) within 2 years of the plan being adopted. Tesconi testified that most of these landowners are hobby farmers who have a few head of animals. These property owners are unaware of water quality requirements and it will be difficult to determine who has farm animals and to communicate BMPs to them. Although the Board seemed to agree with our comments on this issue, there were no changes made to the Action Plan requirements related to this regulation.
On both these issues, SCFB will continue to work with stakeholders and the agency to work toward clearer and obtainable guidelines and processes.
Big picture…Is this overreach? Should the plan have been phased in where the most significant areas of water quality should be addressed first? They ensured that there will be “off-ramping”
if certain levels of water quality are achieved but will this be captured in the Action Plan or supporting documents? And, does the agency have the staffing or the resources needed to track
compliance on over 7,000 parcels?
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board Region 2
The Region 2 Board is in the public comment phase of a TMDL Action Plan for the Petaluma River. SCFB is preparing a letter in response to the onerous requirements being proposed in this
TMDL. We are finding that few landowners have been notified about this TMDL which will regulate hundreds of parcels. If you have a parcel that is within 600 feet of the Petaluma River, you should review the information and send a comment letter. Letters are due by September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/water_issues/programs/TMDLs/petalumabacterianutrients/petaluma_tmdl_publicnotice.pdf
SCFB Endorses the Following Candidates
Shirlee Zane: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District Supervisor
Lynda Hopkins: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Supervisor
Ag Resources
Healdsburg Museum Exhibit Features the Wine
Roots of Healdsburg
May 23, 2019 To November 10, 2019
This exhibition focuses on local wine agriculture before Prohibition, providing timelines of regional wine history, ethnic contributions, labor history, context of other crops and local resistance to Prohibition. The Healdsburg Museum is open FREE to the public. Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 221 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
For more information please visit https://www.healdsburgmuseum.org/
2019 CFBF Photo Contest
Deadline to Enter: September 30, 2019
Amateur photographers can compete for their share of $2,500 in cash prizes in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest, which opened on June 1.
This year’s theme, “Imagine California,” challenges participants to capture images that celebrate the diversity of the state’s agricultural bounty. Entries will be eligible for one of 12 cash prizes, ranging from $50 up to the $1,000 Grand Prize. The contest is open to members of county Farm Bureaus in California and supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. For more information or additional forms, contact the CFBF Marketing/Communications Division at 916-561-5550 or at photocontest@cfbf.com.
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. 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.
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
Sonoma County Farm Bureau:

Your Agricultural Advocate

July 2019

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is hard at work to support our member’s interests in Sonoma County and beyond. Here’s what we did for you in July:

Animal Rights Activists Protest:
And so, the saga continues…. As reported in last month’s advocacy article, protestors with Direction Action Everywhere (DXE) trespassed on to the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma in
early June stealing ducklings, destroying personal property and creating civil unrest to the level that caused almost 100 of the protestors to be arrested. The good news is that none of the criminals
arrested were Sonoma County residents. The bad news is that this radical organization continues to disrupt Sonoma County agriculture.
On Monday, June 24, three DXE members sat in their car outside of the Farm Bureau office streaming their opinions on Facebook regarding the Executive Director’s comments made during
an interview with KSRO’s Pat Kerrigan during her June 5 morning show. In addition to streaming on Facebook, the three DXE members stated that they were going to “confront” Executive Director Tesconi, but she was out of the office. By early evening they had left the Farm Bureau office and their Facebook post was pulled down, making it unavailable to subscribers.
Further, on Thursday, July 4, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, in partnership with Western United Dairymen and other local ag supporters, ran a half-page advertisement in the Press Democrat
expressing thanks to local law enforcement for protecting Sonoma County farmers, their property, animals, and the right to farm.
As a service for our members, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau will again host the Beyond the Fence Line event this year on October 29. This program will help farmers prepare for potential
activist activity.
City of Santa Rosa, Reclaimed Water Ag User Contracts:
The City of Santa Rosa is working diligently on recalimed water ag user contracts and is willingly taking stakeholder input on the development of standard user agreements for the reclaimed
(recycled) water that they provide to local farmers for grazing, crop production and vineyard frost protection. Working with a small subgroup of water users, the final draft of the agreement
was discussed with all ag water users on Monday, July 22 at the Farm Bureau Office. SCFB was instrumental in getting the City of Santa Rosa representatives to offer this stakeholder meeting. A
synopsis of the meeting will be included in next month’s advocacy report.
Hemp Moratorium:
Executive Director Tesconi attended the first meeting of the Hemp Advisory Group (HAG) held by Ag Commissioner Tony Linegar. The discussion covered an overview of the challenges
associated with growing hemp and cannabis in proximity of each other. In addition, the lack of staff resources was discussed, and an additional staff person is being added to meet the demand of
hemp cultivation in the county.
General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dairies in the North Coast Region:
SCFB continues to monitor the waste charge permitting process being imposed on Region 1 and Region 2 dairies. We will have representation at the North Coast Regional Water Board’s meeting
on August 14 or 15 when the final draft of the permit requirements will be discussed and most likely adopted.
Russian River TMDL Action Plan & Staff Report:
As previously reported, Executive Director Tesconi submitted comments at the end of June in response to the TMDL Action Plan. The SCFB and several business organizations are aligned
in their concerns with the number of parcels that will be subject to the monitoring and reporting requirements suggested in the draft TMDL Action Plan. SCFB will attend the North Coast Regional
Water Board’s meeting in mid-August where the initial staff report will be given regarding the Action Plan.
We plan to have a stakeholder’s meeting with representatives from the NCRWB in attendance at our office sometime in the early fall to discuss the Russian River TMDL Action Plan.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Organic Material Handling – Compost Operations Regulations:
The BAAQMD just released a draft of their ordinance governing small compost operations and onsite compost activities. The regulations suggest total overreach of government with most small
composters indicating the proposed regulations will put them out of business. Executive Director Tesconi submitted comments regarding the onerous tone of the proposed regulations and President Carlton signed a multi-agency coalition letter that offered a redline version of the regulations.
The North Coast Compost Coalition shows unity between a number of organizations that do not always align on issues like the regulations being proposed. SCFB joined with: Sonoma County
Waste Management Agency, UC Cooperative Extension Marin, Daily Acts Marin County Public Works, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma, Community Alliance of Family Famers, The Farmers
Guild, Grab n Grow, Soiland Company, Inc, Bolinas Community Public Utility District, Poncia Fertilizer, Inc., Straus Family Creamery, West Marin Compost, Sonoma Compost Co., LLC
Renewable Sonoma, LLC, and The Carbon Cycle Institute to develop more acceptable policies and regulations for local composting efforts.
An excerpt from the SCFB letter:
“The North Coast Water Quality Control Board mandates composting by agricultural producers in the dairy industry while Rule 13-2 makes it near impossible, either in costs or requirements,
for producers to meet these proposed changes. Farmers are striving to reduce methane and VOCs through composting and will not be able to afford to compost if Rule 13-2 is left as is. Why can’t
Rule 13-2 use the industry standards already working for composting efforts defined by CalRecycle? Further, northern California farmers are actively participating in the Healthy Soils Initiative
grants. Should our local composting facilities not be able to remain in business or reduce the amount of compost materials produced, the opportunity for grantees to get soil-enhancement
materials at a cost point that is realistic will be compromised. CalRecycle has set out thoroughly encompassing definitions and requirements on the subject, which Rule 13-2’s language and
ideology vary widely from.
The discrepancies between long standing, effective regulations and BMPs established by other governmental agencies or programs and those proposed in Rule 13-2 are significant and will
overburden the composting industry that is already working on shoestring margins. The composting industry is vital to our farmers, landscapers and many other small business owners in northern California.”
AB 1783 (Rivas) Opposition Letter, Farm Labor Affordable Housing Bill:
In conjunction with California Farm Bureau Federation and other Farm Bureau counties, SCFB President Carlton submitted a letter to Senator Wiener expressing our opposition to AB 1783, a bill
that was touted as an affordable housing bill for farm labor. In addition to mixing tenant housing rights with employee housing rights, the bill also too strictly defined what type of housing could benefit from the proposed permitting and planning exemptions and would further discourage construction of workforce housing because of the strings attached to using public funding for projects.
President Carlton’s entire letter can be at https://sonomafb.org/current-issues/letter-signed-bypresident- jeff-carlton/
Potter Valley Project:
President Carlton submitted a letter of support for the Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, et. Al. partnership to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC). The letter strongly expressed our approval of the regional entity formed by the Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission (Mendocino County
IWPC), Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), California Trout, Inc. (CalTrout), and the County of Humboldt, California (together, NOI Parties) and their filing of a Notice of Intent
to file an application for new license for the Potter Valley Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) Project No. 77 on June 28, 2019.
SCFB Endorses the Following Candidates:
Shirlee Zane: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District Supervisor
Lynda Hopkins: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Supervisor

 

Agricultural Resources

August 2019

Healdsburg Museum Exhibit Features the Wine
Roots of Healdsburg
May 23, 2019 To November 10, 2019
This exhibition focuses on local wine agriculture before Prohibition, providing timelines of regional wine history, ethnic contributions, labor history, context of other crops and local resistance to Prohibition. The Healdsburg Museum is open FREE to the public. Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 221 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. For more information please visit https://www.healdsburgmuseum.org/
SRJC Shone Farm is Hiring
Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm is hiring a new Farm Manager to fill a retirement vacancy. They are seeking a dedicated individual, passionate about agricultural education, to manage one of the premier community college farms in the nation.
Location: Forestville, CA Department: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Salary: $7,798 – $9,479 per month Job Type: Full-Time
Closing: 8/14/19
Questions may be addressed to Dean Benjamin Goldstein (bgoldstein@santarosa.edu) with a CC to rsmith@santarosa.edu.
2019 CFBF Photo Contest
Deadline to Enter: September 30, 2019
Amateur photographers can compete for their share of $2,500 in cash prizes in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest, which opened on June 1. This year’s theme, “Imagine California,” challenges participants to capture images that celebrate the diversity of the state’s agricultural bounty. Entries will be eligible for one of 12 cash prizes, ranging from $50 up to the $1,000 Grand Prize. The contest is open to members of county Farm Bureaus in California and supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation.
For more information or additional forms, contact the CFBF Marketing/Communications Division at 916-561-5550 or at photocontest@cfbf.com.
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. 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.
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.
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
Sonoma County Farm Bureau:

Your Agricultural Advocate

June 2019

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is hard at work to support our member’s interests in Sonoma County and beyond. Here’s what we did for you in June:

Animal Rights Activists Protest:

On Monday, June 4, hundreds of activists from the animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere’s (DXE) Animal Liberation Conference were bussed to Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, CA. According to the activists, they stole 30 ducklings and attempted to “shut down” the facility by having individuals chain themselves to gates and block the main entrance. After several hours and calls for activists to disperse, law enforcement officers began making arrests. Nearly 100 protesters were arrested, including DXE leader Wayne Hsiung. The incident was broadcast live on Direct Action Everywhere’s Facebook page. After a DXE spokesperson went on the KSRO Morning News Show, on Wednesday, June 5, Executive Director Tawny Tesconi did the same and spoke with host Pat Kerrigan to advocate for Sonoma County farmers and ranchers. Visit the Sonoma County Farm Burea’s Facebook page to watch the full video to hear Tawny speak in support of agriculture in Sonoma County. We appreciate KSRO for presenting both sides of the argument.

On Monday, June 24th, three DxE members sat outside of the Farm Bureau office in their car streaming on Facebook attempting to discredit Tawny’s answers to Pat Kerrigan’s questions during the radio interview. They attempted to “confront” Tawny in the Farm Bureau office but she was out of the office.

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will host the event Beyond the Fence Line again this year on October 29 to help members learn how to prepare for potential activist activity. We appreciate local law enforcement for supporting Sonoma County farmers, their property, animals, and the right to farm.

Groundwater Sustainability Agencies: Executive Director Tawny Tesconi has been meeting individually with county supervisors and the GSA staff to correct irrigation use data being used to access fees and to encourage the County’s financial support for this basin similar to the level of support provided in the other two GSAs in our county. On Thursday, June 13, the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency approved a groundwater sustainability fee and adopted a groundwater user registration ordinance. The groundwater sustainability fee of $19.90 per acre-foot of groundwater pumped annually will go into effect on July 13, 2019. While the fee is calculated on actual or estimated groundwater use of everyone in the Santa Rosa Plain subbasin (an area extending from Santa Rosa west to Sebastopol and from Windsor south to Cotati), the fee will be assessed only on major municipal groundwater pumpers: the cities of Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol; the Town of Windsor; and Sonoma Water. Fees paid by municipal water providers will total $101,885 annually.

A three-year financial contribution of up to $240,000 annually to the GSA by the County of Sonoma and Sonoma Water will offset the fees of residential, agricultural, schools and other groundwater users in the unincorporated areas of the Santa Rosa Plain basin. In May, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water Board) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (County Board) approved a plan to offset a fee that is likely to be imposed on groundwater users in the Santa Rosa Plain (an area extending from Santa Rosa west to Sebastopol, north to Windsor and south to Cotati). Under the plan, the County and Sonoma Water would contribute a total of up to $240,000 annually for three years to the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). Farm Bureau was effective in working to get the County to cover the fees required of our members and all rural land owners. We will continue to closely monitor GSA updates and weighin on any policies or procedures that will affect our members.

Onsite Waste Treatment Systems

The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems (OWTS Manual) in order to meet the state-mandated policy that protects water quality and public health. Sonoma County Farm Bureau representatives have met with Permit Sonoma staff outlining various concerns we have with the new manual. On June 4, the draft manual came before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for approval. ED Tesconi had emailed the board indicating that they revised policies still did not accurately reflect the changes suggested by Farm Bureau that had been accepted by the Board. The Supervisors pulled the item from the agenda to have it corrected and it passed on consent at their June 11th meeting. Once again the Board of Supervisors have shown their support of rural landowners, particularly our farmers.

Potter Valley Project:

On June 5, Janet Pauli spoke about the Potter Valley Project at the Sonoma County Alliance General Membership Meeting at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. The Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission (MCIWPC) submitted their pre-application document and a notice of intent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 28, to enter the relicensing process. MCIWPC has been working with other entities, like SCFB to build a broad-based coalition to establish regional control of the Potter Valley Project.  The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to work with the Mendocino Farm Bureau as the Potter Valley Project re-licensing process unfolds.

Hemp Moratorium:

Executive Director Tesconi attended the first meeting the Hemp Advisory Group (HAG) held by Ag Commissioner Tony Linegar. The discussion covered an overview of the challenges associated with growing hemp and cannabis proximity of each other. In addition, the lack of staff resources was discussed and an additional staff person is being added to meet the demand of hemp cultivation in the county.

General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dairies in the North Coast Region

On Friday, May 31st, Director Beretta and ED Tesconi attended a public meeting held by the North Coast Regional Water Board to discuss General Waste Discharge Requirements for Dairies in the region. The new requirements are proposing that dairies do bacterial sampling in addition to the water monitoring currently done under the existing plan. This not only adds significant financial burden to the dairies, but logisitically would be challenging while offering very little return. We also opposed the requirement to submit Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP) as part of pemit compliance. These plans continually are updated and are just as their name applies – plans, not necessarily actual information. Other worksheets were discussed that would more appropriately provide the information tht the Board is looking for in response to a request from enviromenttal groups. The Board will hold a public hearing to adopt the order on August 14 or 15.

Russian River TMDL Action Plan & Staff Report:

Executive Director Tesconi submitted comments at the end of June in response to the TMDL Action Plan. She called out that much of their concern associated with dairy runoff into the Russian River was base on a hypothesis not in science and that dairies were not being treated fairly in the plan. In addition, she questioned the 600 foot standard measurement that was being used to determine APMP boundaries.  This expansive boundary will require septic system testing every 5 years on thousands of rural properties.  It is anticipated that the Board will hold a public hearing about this new plan in August.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Organic Material Handling – Compost Operations Regulations:

The BAAQMD just released a draft of their ordinance governing small compost operations and onsite compost activities. The regulations suggest total overreach of government with most small composters indicating the proposed regulations will be put them out of business.  Public comments will be accepted to July 8th and the SCFB will be working with other stakeholders to find common ground in the regulations. Stay tuned.

SCFB Endorses the Following Candidates:

Shirlee Zane: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District Supervisor

Lynda Hopkins: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Supervisor

 

Agricultural Resources

July 2019

2019 CFBF Photo Contest

Deadline to Enter: September 30, 2019

Amateur photographers can compete for their share of $2,500 in cash prizes in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Photo Contest, which opened on June 1.

This year’s theme, “Imagine California,” challenges participants to capture images that celebrate the diversity of the state’s agricultural bounty. Entries will be eligible for one of 12 cash prizes, ranging from $50 up to the $1,000 Grand Prize. The contest is open to members of county Farm Bureaus in California and supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. For more information or additional forms, contact the CFBF Marketing/Communications Division at 916-561-5550 or atphotocontest@cfbf.com.

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. 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.

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

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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