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Owner Applied Number Program a Tool to Identify Stolen Farm Equipment

Rural Theft is on the rise throughout Sonoma County and everyone who is invested in Agriculture is affected directly or indirectly by this crime. Each and every day a Patrol Deputy takes a report from a farmer or Agri-business partner in our community. MORE

Applications Now Being Accepted for Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County will award more than $50,000 in scholarships this year to deserving students studying agriculture or an agricultural-related field at a four year college, junior college or vocational school. The Farm Bureau Foundation’s mission is to encourage – and financially assist – young people for rewarding careers in agriculture or a closely related field. MORE

$10,000 Donation Triggers Renovation of Old Corrals at SRJC’s Shone Farm

The old livestock corrals at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm are getting a much-needed make-over thanks to the generosity of a Santa Rosa investment broker who has donated $10,000 to the renovation project. Santa Rosa businesswoman Eileen Carlisle made the $10,000 donation in memory of her late parents John and Carol Jean Carlisle, who were farmers in North Dakota. MORE

WHEEL Program – English Learning Offered

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is partnering with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to provide an English Learning Program for agricultural employees. The WHEEL Program is designed to increase English language skills. The program classes will be held starting Feb. 7th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and there is no cost for the program. MORE

Frizelle Enos Still Going – and Growing – Strong at 75

Frizelle-Enos Feeds, the oldest continuously operated business in Sebastopol, has evolved with the small town it has called home since 1938, becoming a favorite meeting place for the interesting mix of people who live in western Sonoma County. Over the last 75 years, Frizelle Enos, located at 265 Petaluma Avenue near the old railroad tracks that once ran the train through town, has continually reinvented itself to reflect the community it serves. MORE

Farm Bureau’s Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest is Feb. 2 at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s 24th annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest will be held Feb. 2 in the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. RSVP today. The Crab & Wine Fest, which has become the winter social event for the county’s farmers and ranchers and their friends and supporters, raises money for agriculture education. MORE

Tito Sasaki Takes the Reins as President of Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Tito Sasaki, a Sonoma Valley grape grower, scientist and businessman, is the new president of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, the county’s oldest, largest and most influential agricultural organization. Sasaki, who is 74, succeeds Joe Pozzi, a Valley Ford livestock rancher, as president of Farm Bureau, a non-profit, grassroots organization that has represented the interests of the county’s farmers and ranchers for 95 years. MORE

Cooking With Laurie visits Stemple Creek

When I first started filming ‘Cooking With Laurie’, the first three ranchers I visited all told me the same thing… Do you know Loren Poncia? He would be GrEaT on your show! I did not know Loren Poncia at the time, but I could not wait to meet such a well-known guy. In the fall of 2011, I visited Stemple Creek Ranch which raises all natural, grass fed beef and lamb and…I finally met Loren Poncia. MORE

Falcons and Dogs Put to Work as Vineyard Guardians

Falcons and dogs are being used as vineyard guardians to keep pesky starlings and other birds from devouring valuable wine grapes during harvest. Two workshops held at Sonoma County Farm Bureau in recent months introduced growers to the idea of using falcons and small dogs as alternatives to netting, noisemakers, flags or poison to deal with the avian pests that descend in droves in many Sonoma County vineyards when grapes approach peak ripeness. MORE

Local Natural Foods Market Showcases Products Grown on Their Family’s Micro-Farm

On less than three acres, Susan Bryer and Ernie Shelton grow a significant portion of the produce for Shelton’s Natural Foods Market in Healdsburg. Bryer, a graduate of the Sonoma County Beginning Farmer & Rancher Training program, had prior experience with a backyard garden, but when she met up with Ernie, she had to ratchet up her skill set to tackle this much larger acreage. MORE

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