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Farmers Lead Housing Initiatives

Farmers Lead Housing Initiatives Taking a strong position on local regulations and taxes is nothing new for Sonoma County Farm Bureau, but opposing the potential county-wide housing bond earlier this year garnered more conversation and attention than normal. Many people were used to Farm Bureau opposing new taxes, but against housing – how could that be? For the record, farmers have been supporting workforce housing for decades including building structures to meet the growing need. We have chosen to invest in this effort personally to Continue reading → MORE

November 2018 Editorial

Enough is enough. When are the zealots going to stop harassing farmers about farming practices in our state? Proposition 12 goes too far. Once again, the Humane Society is trying to grab headlines and get donations by airing old footage of animals in less than ideal confinement situations. Their propaganda is exaggerated, and they sensationalize their messaging by suggesting that all farm animals are mistreated and that farmers are bad people. Anyone who knows a farmer can tell you that is the farthest from the Continue reading → MORE

Member Profile: ATL Events

Member Profile ATL Events Who doesn’t love a party or event? There is no doubt that ATL Events does. ATL Events is a family owned and operated full service production company that has been doing business in Sonoma County for over 28 years. Sylvia Parkinson has worked for her family’s company for 13 years and said that not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful for what she does. “I love what I do,” Parkinson said. “There are a lot of moving parts and Continue reading → MORE

Planting Certified Vines is Critical

Planting Certified Vines is Critical By Rhonda Smith, Viticulture Farm Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension Planting a vineyard with vines that are not infected with common grapevine viruses is essential to the bottom line. It can be challenging enough to keep over 1000 vines per acre relatively free from the normal canopy and trunk diseases such as grapevine powdery mildew and Eutypa dieback. Those diseases are caused by infections that occur naturally after vines are planted and can be controlled with proper farming practices. Continue reading → MORE

Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures Report

Illegal Live Animal Intercepted The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures plays many roles within our community. The Department’s mission is to promote and protect agriculture, the health and safety of our community, environment, and economy through the education and the enforcement of laws and regulations. The Department has a variety of different programs to support this mission. One in particular, which safeguards not only our agricultural industry, but also our environment and natural resources, is the Pest Exclusion Program at parcel facilities. Every Continue reading → MORE

Sonoma RCD Releases 2017-2018 Annual Report

Although this past year has been eventful and trying, it has truly renewed our gratitude for this beautiful place and strong community where we live and work. As we look back at the past year and then turn our eyes toward the future, a few words come to mind: Relationships. Resiliency. Regeneration. Now more than ever, one of the RCD’s foundational beliefs is that conservation is not just about natural resources, it is also about people. Relationships are key in everything we do, and the Continue reading → MORE

October Agricultural Resources

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 Continue reading → MORE

Sonoma County Farm Bureau Endorsements

Sonoma County Farm Bureau Endorsements Sonoma County Farm Bureau Local Candidate Endorsements City of Petaluma, Mayor – Mike Harris City of Santa Rosa, Council District 2 – John Sawyer (Incumbent) City of Santa Rosa, Council District 4 – Dorothy Beattie City of Santa Rosa, Council District 6 – Tom Schwedhelm (Incumbent) Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees (East County) – Jeff Kunde Sonoma County Farm Bureau Recommendation on Local Measures Measure M (Park Bond)- Oppose If passed with two-thirds of the vote, Measure M Continue reading → MORE

Rural Resilience Sonoma County’s Agriculture Community Reflects One Year After the Fires

October marks the first anniversary of the 2018 wildfires. Sonoma County Farm Bureau Members woke on October 8, 2017 to the devastating news that the county was ablaze. MORE

Annual Dinner

2018 Sonoma County Farm Bureau Harvest Celebration Dinner and Annual Meeting Join us for a fantastic evening celebrating the Sonoma County harvest. Take the night off to enjoy a delicious dinner of Prime Rib and local seasonal vegetables. Farm Bureau will also be honoring outgoing Farm Bureau President Steve Dutton and welcoming the new slate of officers for 2018-2019. Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Saralee & Richard’s Barn 5 P.M. ~ Reception 6 P.M. ~ Prime Rib Dinner 7 P.M. ~ Continue reading → MORE

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