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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in December!

Below are events coming up in the rest of December! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar. Happy Holidays!!

12/7-9: Holistic Planned Grazing - Santa Barbara
12/11: Webinar: Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows - Online
12/11: Webinar: Direct Marketing Meat – The Logistics of Meat Processing - Online
12/12-13: Organic Growers Summit - Monterey
12/12: Intensive Rotational Grazing on Small Acreage & Forage Planting - Watsonville & Royal Oaks
12/12: Webinar: Using an LLC to Strengthen your Farm Operation - Online
12/12: Webinar: Grass-Fed Dairy: Opportunities and Challenges in this Rapidly Growing Market - Online
12/12: Webinar: Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils- Hope for Farming and Climate - Online
12/13-14: Farming Fundamentals Part 1: Land and Water - Encinitas
12/18: Webinar: Breeding Multi-Use Naked Barley for Organic Systems -

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12/07/18, updated
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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: 2018 Farmer's Tax Guide Available

A farmer had posted for accounting help earlier this year. All farmers should download and read the 98 page 2018 IRS Publication 225, Farmer' Tax Guide from http://IRS.gov. This will tell you everything an expensive CPA will but is more understandable and free. IRS wants Farmers to understand the financial and tax side of their business so they can be successful and pay taxes.

Greg Nilsen

Wine Country Cuisine

In Topics Business & Financial Planning

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12/01/18

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  |  School Road Farm  |  San Juan Bautista, CA commented

To get to the report open the link in Greg Nilson's post (http://IRS.gov) and type in 225 in the search box in upper right hand corner

Jim

12/04/18 7:26 AM

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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Young people choosing Farm careers

I turned 65 this April and I farm by my self, no employees or family, because I love growing edible plants and could pursue my passion. I am having my best sales year ever and want to share operating and sales information in an attempt to show the income potential from growing Certified Organic produce on less than 5 acres such that young people can understand the real career opportunities in agriculture in Sonoma County. I am saddened, frustrated, and disgusted by seeing in the Press Democrat site that the future of Agriculture in Sonoma county is producing Drugs and Alcohol. These scourges of humanity ruin lives and kill innocent victims. This plus tobacco, high fructose corn syrup, and animal fat cause the vast majority of the American people's chronic illness and the wealth of the pharmacuetical industry. Any farmer who purposely produces a product that kills people is an accessory to murder. This

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10/21/18

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  |  silvia organic farm  |  Lancaster, CA commented

Hello Mr. Gary an TerriGood for you Mr. Gary that you are so happy from your fantastic job, is that %55 tax on sales gone make changes in your sale? Good idea to grow canabis, i register my name to orhanic produce summit that is on Dec. 12 in Monterey, is canabis tour l, they reject me because i am not ccof member, still the fee was high being member, so you can go Mr. Gary, is $99 and being member in their summit is $249 and non member $499. So i can not go but i am willing to farm with you for orgamic canabies and vegetables and fruit and herbs and flowers, jor With Terri, i bought. Beef meat today, snd i dont like it does not look or smell like beef, but i be happy to maintain livestick specially i cover that trainting in Alba organice farmers school in Salinas, and mr. Nathan or other Alba members can verify that in 2009 i graduated and farming since than, I be happy to follow thisvwith you I do have... Read More
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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Videos on Cover crop juice & long term, cover crop research

Hi Folks,

Below are links to 3 new videos that I made that I thought might interest you. I presented them at the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting earlier this month in Baltimore. The cover crop juicing video was presented during a symposium focused on improving nutrient management in organic systems, and the other two videos were in a symposium focused on long-term cover cropping research. Take care, Eric

-Juicing cover crops.... Are you Nuts? Maybe, but hear me out! 11:16 Minutes

-Lessons from long-term cover crop research in the "Salad Bowl of the World" 10:31 Minutes

-A quick trip to the "Salad Bowl of the World", 4:54 Minutes

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11/28/18, updated
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Greg Valdivia  |  northwest organic farm  |  ridgefield, WA

Subject: h2 visa

are the any farms going to use the h2 visa program to find workers we need only one worker and we haave herd it is much easier to go in with another farm. we are in ridgefield wa. thanks joyce 360 5734868

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11/22/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: CCOF Foundation's Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - applications due 12/3

If you—or an organic producer you know—have experienced hardship during the 2018 calendar year, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance through the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. Applying is easy—complete the application by December 3, 2018.

Throughout the nation, farmers are experiencing severe economic losses as the results of extreme weather patterns, an increase in duration and number of natural disasters, and financial challenges. Now, more than ever, farmers need access to immediate and long-term financial support to prepare for and recover from natural disasters and economic loss.

Each year, the CCOF Foundation responds to crises like these by offering economic assistance to organic farmers, processors, and handlers who have experienced financial loss due to extreme hardship. Over the past eight years, over 150 certified organic businesses across the country have received

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11/08/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up!

Below are events coming up in the rest of November (and first few days of December)! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar.

11/9: Preparing for Fires: Prescribed Burning & Grazing - Santa Rosa
11/10: Hedgerow Establishment and Multiple Benefits - Royal Oaks
11/10: Healthy Animals, Healthy People: Maintaining Livestock in the New Era of Antibiotic Restrictions - Concord
11/10: CA Farm Academy Training Program: Information Session - Winters
11/10-11: Hopland Sheepdog Trials - Hopland
11/12-11/14: Sustainable Ag Expo – Conference & Trade Show - San Luis Obispo
11/13-15: Healthy Soils Academy at the Chico State University Farm - Chico
11/14-15: Ag 4.0 Workshop: Modernizing U.S Agriculture - SF
11/14: Webinar: Farm Lease Agreements - Online
11/14: Sustainable & Organic Production in the Northern San Joaquin Valley – Organic Fertilizer Association of CA - Tulare
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11/08/18
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Nancy Niche  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA

Subject: 10-year lease example needed for 1-acre on my farm

I have a small farm that is also a successful B&B. The lower acre is of interest to a very skilled and renowned woman I have known and trusted for years. She would like to create a series of display gardens, mostly using California natives, hold classes, utilize her army of [retired] volunteers and have weekend sales once per quarter. All of this works with my zoning, and I delight in the idea of the B&B guests getting to learn even more about permaculture than what they view in the 'community' areas of my farm (pick & eat veggies, fresh eggs from 20+ hens, interacting with our mini-pigs, seeing my fairly sophisticated 22-bed above-ground composting operation, etc.).

We've been trying to fashion a 10-year lease and divvy up the expenses. Not easy! The idea is that her rental will start small in the beginning while we invest in the structures (greenhouses, irrigation matrix using my well, grading, solar,

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In Topics Urban Agriculture

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10/28/18

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  |  CA FamLink  |  Point Reyes Station commented

Hi Nancy, I am the North Coast Program Coordinator for CA FarmLink. I am happy to have a conversation with you about our lease work. Please email me directly and we can schedule a call to discuss. kerry@cafarmlink.org

11/05/18 11:28 AM

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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

Subject: Neem oil

Hello All!,

I am looking for some organic neem oil. My question is, what brand (is there any difference) and how much should i look to pay for it. thanks

Ben

In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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11/02/18

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  |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA commented

I used to purchase pure neem oil from this source and found the hands-on owner to be of high service, honest and reputable.

Contact:
Usha Rao
The Ahimsa Alternative, Inc.
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-943-9449 Tel.
877-USE-NEEM Toll Free
866-211-5460 Toll Free Fax
neemlady@neemresource.com

11/02/18 9:46 AM

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Melinda Price  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA

Subject: Taking the Leap: Health Insurance

Hi Farmers! I am gearing up to take the leap and quit my day job and be a farmer full time but have the big stumbling block of health insurance coverage. Does any one who has done this recently have any advice? I am wondering if there is some kind of farmer's guild that would offer group health insurance.

Thank you!
Melinda

Peace and Plenty Farm

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10/07/18

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  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA commented

Thanks for the reply and tip, Greg! Glad to hear the healthy lifestyle of organic farming has done well for you! We love Lake County and do fine here year-round but appreciate your feedback.

Best,

Melinda

10/18/18 9:59 AM

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