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Sonoma – Marin YF&R Elect Leadership Team and invite USDA to attend January membership meeting

Sonoma – Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) a committee of Sonoma County Farm Bureau took the next step in fortifying their committee by electing a leadership team. The 10 member YF&R Leadership Team have an exciting calendar of events planned for 2014. MORE

Burglary Prevention Tips

Statistics show that burglaries are on the upswing in Sonoma County. There were 120 home thefts reported from September 2012 to November 2012. This year there were 138 reported. Unfortunately, both the number of thieves prosecuted and the property recovery rate are relatively low. MORE

“Ag Days” for TLT

Farm Bureau coordinated the “Ag and Natural Resources Day” programs for 80 Santa Rosa area students selected for Tomorrow’s Leaders today, a program for high-achieving high school juniors. MORE

Re-think Habitat Regulations

I remember when I was a young student in London, the stain I used to get on my shirt was black soot. Up to the 1950s, all buildings in my neighborhood were heated by coal-fired steam. In many industrial areas, soot from factories was so pervasive that the tree bark turned black. MORE

Wine Industry Leaders Meet

Congressman Mike Thompson hosted a round table discussion with U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman & U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and local leaders from the wine industry on November 17 at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. MORE

Old Man Winter Is Coming

In the last few years we have had relatively dry winters here in Sonoma County. Hopefully that will soon change as we really need the rain. But even with dry winters we still get the short cold days. With a little rain and dropping temperatures we, as horse owners, must to be prepared. MORE

Digital Cameras for Security Harvest Fair

Thanks to the pictures they produce, trail cameras in strategic locations can be one of the best, most cost-effective crime detectors available for both ranchers and their law enforcement partners. It is virtually impossible for a suspect to deny his presence when a picture clearly shows him there. MORE

Fresh Trees, a Holiday Tradition Harvest Fair

It’s the time of year to pack up the kids to scout the hills and dales of Sonoma County for the perfect Christmas tree to string with lights and garland. There are more than a dozen choose-and-cut tree farms in Sonoma County, with most of the farms concentrated west of Petaluma and in the hills around Sebastopol. MORE

Laurie’s Turkey Pot Pies Harvest Fair

Driving home from the airport after a grueling, long five days in Vegas, where I competed in the World Food Championships and placed 4th overall in Desserts, my Sous Chef, Dawn Bettinelli said to me, “You’re not going to cook when you get home are you?!” Hehehe…being the cook-a-holic that I am, I said, “Yes". MORE

Owls, Flys & New Regulations Harvest Fair

Farm Bureau is holding a Workshop on Dec. 16th, open to Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisers, covering Barn Owls, Olive Fruit Fly infestations and new regulations affecting the Hazard Communication Standard. The workshop will be presented in English. MORE

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