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Ag Days Brings Grandpa’s Farm to 3,500 School Kids

Geyserville rancher Dick Dilworth swelled with pride as kids looked up – way up - in amazement at his giant draft horses, a matched pair of Belgian beauties named Jada and Megan, on display at Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Ag Days. “That’s the biggest horse I’ve ever seen in my life,” marveled one small boy who was among the 3,500 school kids attending Ag Days, held on March 26 and 27 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. MORE

Selling a Healthy Landscape – Our Local Rangelands

Rangelands owners and managers are familiar with the economic value that rangelands provide – specifically grazing opportunities for livestock; however that 40% of California’s land mass provides so much more. It is a whole ecosystem that provides benefits to the landowner and to all life forms living or passing through that land. The benefit of well-maintained ecosystem services is as small as neighbors that benefit from clean water to as great at as worldwide benefit of clean air and carbon sequestration. MORE

Cooking With Laurie Visits RedHill Farms

I recently visited RedHill Farms in Petaluma and met Don Gilardi for the first time…he can hardly keep up with the demand for his pasture raised organic eggs. Don showed me his moveable hen houses, which, by the way...are the most high tech, unique design I have ever seen. They have solar panels to turn lights on when the days are short and the BEST part…you gather the eggs without setting foot inside; a side trap-door flips down and BiNgO…there are rows of individual nests filled with eggs. MORE

Barn Sour or Buddy Sour Horses

Barn or buddy sour horses are not fun. In fact, they can be down right dangerous. When they’re acting up they’re not listening to the rider. Therefore, the rider has little or no control of the horse. This can lead to injury for either the horse or the rider or both. How do you fix this? It takes time and consistency. Below I will outline my plan to eliminate these two problems. Note: If you are looking for a quick fix, don’t bother reading this article. There isn’t one. MORE

Spring Agricultural Plastic Recycle Event!

Our office will hold a plastic pesticide container recycle event again this spring. The event will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. The collection site will be the Sonoma County Healdsburg Corporation Yard, which is located on Alexander Valley Rd. in Healdsburg. MORE

Michael Saqui on Farm Labor and Vineyard Management: The Risks and Rewards of Doing it Right

Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Sonoma County Winegrowers, California Association of Winegrape Growers and Michael Saqui of The Saqui Law Group Counselors to Management are sponsoring a workshop for vineyard managers, grape growers, wineries and all agricultural employers on Farm Labor and Vineyard Management: The Risks and Rewards of Doing it Right. MORE

Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest Has Become Region’s Biggest – and Best – Benefit Crab Feed

Guests say Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest is so much more than a seasonal crab feed. It’s a mid-winter party where people from the farm and business communities come together to socialize while raising money to support agriculture education and, ultimately, Sonoma County’s farming future. This year’s event raised more than $50,000 for agricultural education and scholarships. MORE

Protecting Precious Cargo: How to Travel Safely With Horses

Everyday big rigs motor down the road carrying materials from here to there. Before being entrusted with a rig weighing in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds, truck drivers spend time in school learning the working parts of their truck and trailer and how to maintain them. This includes doing a pre-trip inspection and how to strap and secure loads so they will arrive safely and not be a danger to other motorists. MORE

Grossi turns over the Organization to Dolcini

Once again Marin County Farm Bureau celebrated another terrific annual dinner held at the Margaret Todd Center in Novato. About 120 people turned out to see us honor Bob Berner as a Friend of farm Bureau and award Jim Spaletta with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Great food by Jimmy’s Catering, wine donated by American Ag Credit, and an open bar set the stage for a great time. MORE

Cooking With Laurie Visits Hicks Valley Cattle Co.

In February of 2011 my very first episode of ‘Cooking With Laurie’ was filmed…my first ‘victim’ was Billy Barboni. Billy and I go way back, attending Lincoln School together, (he is a few years older ; ) and that is why I still call him Billy…or Dr. Barboni when my co-pilot is at the vets office (Billy is Bart’s vet). MORE

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