Agricultural Resources

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) conducts an annual competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). For a list of eligible and ineligible commodities, visit the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service website.
For a description of projects awarded, visit the 2017 Grant Awards page. Please email if you would like to be notified of future SCBGP funding opportunities.

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:

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.

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

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

$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


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: October 22, 2018 6-8pm – Draft Zero Waste Plan
WHERE: Finley Community Center, Cypress Room A&B – 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa


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!


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:

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.

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