Thursday, October 27, 2011

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Call for Action!

Only once every 5 years do you have the opportunity to truly transform our food and farm system through the federal farm bill.

Last week the Agriculture Committee leadership proposed to rewrite the food and farm bill in 2 weeks
- yes you heard that right, 2 weeks - this is usually a year plus process and they want to do it in 2 weeks behind closed doors?! This would be the fastest food and farm bill decision-making process in history - 8 days from today -and will be decided without your input unless you act now.

Please act today for a chance you have only once every 5 years to reform our food and farming system and protect our natural resources.

If you care about the health of America’s soil, water, and land; promoting organic practices and conservation; helping a new generation of struggling small and mid-sized farmers get their start; rebuilding local and regional food systems; or developing new markets and healthy food access – now is the time to speak up. If you want to see a healthier, more secure, environmentally sustainable, and prosperous America – now is the time to speak up.

This proposal* would wipe out over 40 percent of the funding increases for conservation and environmental initiatives achieved in the 2002 and 2008 food and farm bills, setting the clock back and “un-greening” the farm bill. Moreover, it is unclear what the proposal would do to the fair and healthy farm and food system programs won in 2008 with your help, but in need of being renewed in the new farm bill. It could potentially wipe out all of those gains as well.

Will you stand up at this critical moment for family farmers, the environment, and a healthy and fair food system?

Thank you for taking action!

*According to published accounts, the leaders of the Agriculture Committees are proposing cuts of $6.5 billion to conservation programs, $5 billion to nutrition programs, and $15 billion to commodity subsidy programs. The conservation cuts would be on top of the $2 billion already made by Congress in the appropriations process.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Land Listing in Solano County

Solano County ID #1350: 54.5 acre Soul Food Farm has 10 extra acres for lease or partnership.
Soul Food Farm, a certified organic poultry operation in Vacaville producing eggs and broilers, is looking for a vegetable farmer to lease or partner on 10 extra acres of their property. They have recently installed a new irrigation system, which the farmer would benefit from, as well as potentially having access to some of the owners’ equipment. There are also two shipping containers available for storage and this portion of the property has its own access road. The property features a winter well at 20 gpm, however May-October there is access to the very affordable Solano Irrigation District water at 60 gpm and 60-80 pounds of pressure. Class 1 soils have been slightly compacted from historic grazing but are ready for vegetable, fruit or nut production. Soul Food Farm has been certified organic by CCOF for over 8 years and an organic producer is required. The landowners are interested in farmers who are mature, committed and easy going.

Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Financial Planning Workshops in Orland www.glenncountyrcd.org

Are you a beginning farmer or rancher? Are you interested in establishing a sound financial plan? Do you want to utilize risk management strategies to develop a profitable farm or ranch operation?

Led by Rod Carter, Northern California Farm Credit Business Consulting Services, this series of 6 workshops will provide you with individualized assistance to create a business plan, strategic plan, and financial plan. $195 Fee includes 6 workshops, project materials, 6 continental breakfasts and 6 lunches. Workshops will be 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and will be held at Glenn County Farm Bureau in Orland.

Workshop dates: November 17, 2011; January 12 and 26, February 9 and 23, and March 8, 2012

Please register by November 4, 2011. Space is limited to 30 qualified participants.

For any questions or to register, please call 530.934.4601 x5 www.glenncountyrcd.org

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beginning Farm Planning Class in Auburn

Ready to start your own commercial farm or ranch in the foothills? Wondering where to start or what resources are available to help you? Build a good foundation for a profitable farm or ranch operation by attending the two-session Beginning Farm Planning class from 6-9 PM on October 25th and 27th in DeWitt Center in Auburn.

The Beginning Farm Planning course covers resource assessment, market research, the fundamentals of a business plan, economic analysis tools for small farms, and capital purchase decision-making. It is taught by a team of local producers and agricultural experts including Dan Macon of Flying Mule Farm in Auburn; Allen Edwards of Edwards Family Farm in Colfax; Carol Arnold of the Foothill Farmers’ Markets; Cindy Fake and Roger Ingram, Farm Advisors with the University of California Cooperative Extension. The course is sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension and funded in part by a grant from WSARE, the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension program.

Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register for the workshop online at http://ucanr.org/beginfarming. Cost is $30 per farm, for up to 3 people. Scholarships are available. Contact UCCE Farm Advisor Cindy Fake at (530) 889-7385 or cefake@ucdavis.edu for more information or go to http://ucanr.org/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/.