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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Make sure your farm or ranch is counted! - USDA Ag Census through June...

"NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every 5 years. We need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form here, or by visiting http://www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017)."

Press release:

CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR AMERICA’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S.

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Convergence, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Texas Organics, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild, Nutrient Management Solutions, California Agritourism

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06/07/17
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Mark Pasternak  |  Devils Gulch Ranch  |  Nicasio, CA

Subject: On farm slaughter

Folks,

For any of you so inclined to help support some new changes to the Marin
County Zoning Code which would allow for on farm slaughter, mobile
slaughter facilities and brick and mortar facilities, there will be a
hearing before the Marin County Planning Commission on Monday November 28,
at 1:00pm. See below for more info from an email sent by the Marin County
Ag Ombudsman, Vince Trotter <marinagombudsman@gmail.com> 415.524.7394.

If you cannot attend, or even if you do plan to attend, please consider
writing a letter to the Marin County Planning Commission in support so as
many favorable voices as possible can be heard. (planningcommission@
http://marincounty.org). Unfortunately we anticipate a fair bit of resistance from
NIMBY's and folks opposed to anyone eating meat.

Thanks you very much,
Mark and Myriam Pasternak

In Topics Harvesting, Livestock, Policy

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11/23/16

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  |  New Growth Farm  |  Castro Valley, CA commented

Thanks Amy. I'll call Bud's. But I am in Alameda County and I am afraid we might be too far for them to come out. If anyone has more contacts, please post. Thanks!

11/28/16 9:14 AM

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David Kaisel  |  Capay Mills  |  Rumsey, CA

Subject: FSA Director Val Dolcini in Woodland This Wednesday 9/21

(tried posting this to "Events" yesterday, but don't see it now)

Come to meet and hear FSA Director Val Dolcini talk about funding and support opportunities for beginning and small farmers from FSA. He'll be accompanied by Yolo County Director Cynthia Gillette, and FSA Regional Farm Loan Manager Belle Davis.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about low-interest and micro loans through FSA, as well as other programs such as crop insurance and farm storage grants available to beginning (as well as experienced) farmers.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Sep. 21. 3-5pm

Location: Norton Hall (UC Ag Extension Office), 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland 95695

Details in the flyer below:

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers

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09/16/16
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Adam Calo  |  UC Berkeley  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Introducing The Farmland Monitoring Project: a Mapping Tool for Land Access

Hello All,

As part of my research at UC Berkeley, I have been studying land access barriers amongst smallholder growers. This research has led in part to the development of a mapping tool that aggregates land ownership and land quality data with locally grounded contributions from a community of farmers, agricultural professionals, and land owners. The goal of the project is twofold:

First, facilitate land linking among available parcels of land and prospective farmers by bringing together more comprehensive public land-ownership data.

Second, encourage the monitoring of farmland ownership trends in order to raise awareness of the structural issues of land access for agriculture.

I hope to share the Farmland Monitoring Project with the FarmsReach community. The tool is currently is optimized for use in three California agricultural counties (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito).

If you are

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy

In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers

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08/08/16

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Hey, All I must say this is really a nice thought of growing tea Sinensis. As far as we sow the seeds and let them grow for long, we also need to take care about plants should not get damaged because of the few insects like bugs or rat, citters etc.. Instead facing damages in future we should contact or should read some useful content guided by professional rats, bugs citter exterminator like exterminator Sacramento CA http://californiarodentcontrol.com/ Florida etc..

09/03/16 5:21 AM

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Larry Jacobs  |  Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo Organic  |  Pescadero, CA

Subject: Compelling NYT Stories

You may have already read the NYT’s article The Lawyer Who Became Dupont’s Worst Nightmare about a corporate environmental attorney, Rob Bilott, who took on a the case of a friend of his grandmother's. It is well written and engrossing. It is also long so “hang in there”.

Apart from highlighting the flagrant disregard for public health similar to the tobacco industry’s defense of tobacco, is the EPA's reliance on industry to alert them what chemicals should be regulated. This was the case for PFOA, the chemical at the center of Rob Bilott’s litigation against Dupont.
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My awareness for the ubiquitousness of unregulated man-made chemicals in air, water and soil grew out of a concern for how the food we eat is grown. It came crashing down on our farming activities upon finding organophosphate residues on our crops at Wilder Ranch, a pristine location sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and
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In Topics Policy, Anything Goes

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01/17/16, updated
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Michael Hermon  |  Farm Dog  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Answer 25 farming questions - and we'll mail you a hat

Dear farmers!

We're a small team on a big mission - to make precision agriculture concepts affordable and accessible to even the smallest of farmers. We need some input to be smarter about what we're building.

Our name is Farm Dog (http://farmdog.ag/) and we'll gladly send a Farm Dog hat to the first 50 people that will answer the 25 questions in this survey form: http://goo.gl/forms/88SywcPrlt

Yours,

Michael Hermon

Co-founder and CTO

Farm Dog

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Facilities, Cooling & Energy Systems, Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Immigration & Farmworker Rights, Insurance, Certifications, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, Urban Agriculture, Policy, News & Events, Anything Goes

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12/08/15
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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Grange Farm School offers residential, vocational training in 2016

The Grange Farm School is looking for a special kind of student. You think holistically rather than in parts. You see the importance of asking high quality questions. You are innovative, ambitious, persistent, and collaborative. You want to be part of the new face of agriculture that will transform our world for the better.

Our 14 week residential, Student Program offers you the tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields. You will live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock. Guest instructors and staff members provide a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production, supported by an understanding of the theory and history of our food systems. You will leave with hands-on practical experience, and

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Facilities, Cooling & Energy Systems, Business & Financial Planning, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Certifications, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, Urban Agriculture, Policy, News & Events

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12/05/15
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Evan Wiig  |  The Farmers Guild  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Will student debt stop new farmers? #farmingisapublicservice !

If you worry that the dreams of a whole generation of smart, young farmers will be crushed by student debt (dreams that will one day feed us), join The Farmers Guild together with the The National Young Farmers Coalition TODAY on social media (facebook, twitter, etc) as we tell our policymakers to lighten the load for young, debt-burdened agricultural entrepreneurs: #farmingisapublicservice !

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.youngfarmers.org/farming-is-public-service-farmers-need-student-loan-forgiveness/

In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy

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07/14/15
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Adam Kotin  |  California Climate & Agriculture Network  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: Action alert on $90 MM cap-and-trade funding for ag

ACTION THIS WEEK: Exciting news! We are working on a Senate bill (SB 367) that would direct $90 million of cap-and-trade funds to farmland conservation and on-farm demonstration projects that reduce GHGs or sequester carbon. It just passed through it’s third committee, all with unanimous, bipartisan votes, and is heading for a vote on the floor next week.
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This bill is sponsored by CalCAN and CAFF, and introduced by Senator Lois Wolk. While we have tried to advance similar bills in the past, this is the farthest we have made it, and we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this could be the year for securing some significant funding for sustainable and organic agriculture.
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Can you help spread the word?
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We need to generate calls to Senators across California urging their support on this bill. They could vote on it as early as Monday or Tuesday, so action alerts need to go out... Read More

SB_367_Senate_Action_Alert_05-29-15_1432850421.doc

In Topics Funding Opportunities, Weather & Climate Change, Policy

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05/28/15, updated
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Gill Costa  |  Costa Organics  |  Lincoln, CA

Subject: Will Food Sovereignty Starve the Poor and Punish the Planet?

In Topics Policy

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03/17/15
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  |  verdi land  |  pacifca, CA commented

Hi Gill; Thanks for the subject matter. For me lately, actually the last 5 years or so, I have been in such a confused state as to how one could possibly deal with this issue. IF…this is not dealt with very soon, we could have more problems that what the subject matter suggests. When your thru going to this site

http://geo-engineeringwatch.org there are many more very closely related and aligned documentaries and whistleblowers on you tube than will also bring more to the issue. Good luck and please pass this info own to as many people as possible. There is also a petition. Best- Jerry

03/18/15 9:45 PM

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