Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poultry Equipment for sale in Vacaville

22 metal layer boxes for sale. Originally from Farm Tek. They have 8 hole nest. Asking $70 for them with inserts, $62 without inserts. SOLD

Two, 6 ton feed tanks in great condition. Both have a ladder attachment. Asking $1500 each or best offer. Originally purchased in 2006. SOLD

Also available:

Egg washing machine $7000 or best offer. Sani touch model 5S, 220 vac/60hz from National Poultry Equipment Co. 

10, five gallon plastic chicken water buckets, 11, three gallon chicken water buckets, and 2, seven gallon buckets. More available at the end of August. 

Please contact Alexis Koefoed at (707) 365-1798 if you are interested in these items. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

“Out of left field” Farm Bill Extension is bad news for beginning farmers

Across the nation, farmers’ livelihoods are withering in an intense, record-breaking drought.

Congress could be doing something about this right now – they could be passing the 2012 Farm Bill, which funds critical disaster assistance programs that are our farmers and ranchers’ safety net in times like these.

But are they working to pass the 2012 Farm Bill?  No.  Instead, late last week, in a surprise move, the majority leadership of the House of Representatives moved to extend parts of the 2008 Farm Bill through next year, including drought assistance but excluding programs like the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

This isn’t a good-faith effort to help farmers.  It’s a dirty, cynical trick.  It uses the real need for disaster assistance as an excuse to attack all sorts of important programs and kick the farm bill can down the road until next year.  This extension would:
  • Make deep, unnecessary cuts to conservation programs – the very farm programs that reduce drought impacts.       
  • Strip all funding from dozens of programs that support beginning farmers, rural communities, and food entrepreneurs. (Including many that FarmLink depends upon such as BFRDP, OASTFR, and RMAP to name a few) 
  • Continue outdated and wasteful “direct payments” – despite bipartisan agreement in the House and Senate that our farm subsidy system needs major reform.
The House is set to vote on this sham extension this week.  There’s no reason for this – there’s a draft 2012 Farm Bill ready and waiting in the wings.  The House is instead choosing to play politics at the expense of farmers and ranchers.

Help us tell the House:  we don’t need an extension - we need a better farm bill!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Small Business Innovation Research Program Accepting Application for Projects

On June 14, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program released this year’s request for applications.   SBIR is a division of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  This program supports scientific and technological innovation “in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy, one small business at a time.”

SBIR’s objectives focus on private sector innovation and using the private sector to commercialize USDA-derived research and development efforts, as well as focusing on boosting technological innovation in women-owned and socially disadvantaged small businesses.  The program has ten priority areas in agricultural research; two program areas – Rural and Community Development, and Small and Mid-Size Farms – may be of particular interest to those in sustainable agriculture.
Two previous projects from the Small and Mid-Size Farm category:
Holmes & Associates utilized SBIR funds to launch an online catalog and the AdirondackCraft.com website to promote wood products and crafts manufactured in rural communities in upstate New York.  When the website launched it featured over 400 products from 70 small manufacturers and artisans in the Adirondacks, creating $30,000 of internet-based sales in the first year.
Sleepy Hollow Farm developed a USDA National Organic Program Certified production and processing system for the medicinal plant goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) that is adaptable to small family farms.  Partnering with Clemson University’s Institute for Nutraceutical Research and The University of Illinois, Chicago’s College of Dentistry at various points in the project, Sleepy Hollow created a line of research grade goldenseal products suitable for use in NIH sponsored clinical studies.  More than 40 small farms now produce goldenseal as a direct result, and income for production and processing was projected to exceed $1 million per year within the first three years of the program.
Examples of projects in other program areas include the development of test kits to help farms manage nitrate levels, an energy shake for honeybees, promotion of earthworm tea, and development of sensors for measuring wind erosion.  See other success stories here.
New projects will be funded for $70,000-$100,000.  SBIR will accept applications through September 6, 2013.  For more information about the application click here.  Read the full RFA here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Informal Webinar: Healthy food financing, sustainable food systems, and SNAP structure, benefits and incentive programs

You're Invited!

How does policy shape our food systems?

How does adequate purchasing power for - and access to - healthy food contribute to strong local economies?

Please join us on July 31st for a webinar exploring why and how supporting efforts to improve food security and healthy, local foods can strengthen our communities. Brought to you by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative, this webinar will feature industry-leading speakers and data points to help you make the case in your own community.

Please click here to register. Space is limited so please register early.

Informational Webinar

July 31, 2012
2:00 - 3:15PM EDT
Topics will include healthy food financing, SNAP structure and benefits, SNAP incentive programs, and sustainable food systems.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Showcasing California Specialty Crops at the Amador County Fair

Farmers ...
12 million people will attend a county fair in California
this season. Will they taste your specialty crops, learn
about your farm or visit your pumpkin patch?
Would you like an insider’s tour of a county fair with
fair leaders who are interested in working with you to
promote your farm and agritourism operation?

Amador County Fair - Thursday July 26, 2012
    8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    18621 Sherwood, Plymouth CA 95669
    Workshop registration fee $20.00 (includes lunch & tour)

For more information: (916) 900-5027 - Information and registration: sfp.ucdavis.edu/events/12fairs/
Sponsored by the UC Small Farm Program and the CDFA Division of Fairs and Expositions

Full workshop schedule: (all events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Thursday July 26 - Amador County Fair, Plymouth
Thursday August 2 - Ventura County Fair, Ventura
Thursday August 9 - Napa Town & Country Fair, Napa
Thursday August 16 - Yolo County Fair, Woodland
Thursday September 13 - Santa Cruz County Fair, Watsonville
Thursday, October 4 - Big Fresno Fair, Fresno

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Free Poultry Workshop on August 10th!

The poultry workshop will be held on August 10th at Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. The workshop is free.

For more information and pre-registration go here:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free Irrigation Evaluations for Yolo County Growers

If you've been considering taking advantage of this offer, now is the time to schedule this valuable service for your farm. The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) Yolo-Colusa Mobile Water Lab has been offering free irrigation evaluations to farmers in Yolo County and surrounding regions for several years. They can only offer a few more evaluations in 2012, so seize the opportunity while it lasts!

  • Water savings at the farm level help offset the effect of rising water costs and restricted water supplies on producer income.
  • Improved water management reduces expenditures for energy, chemicals, and labor inputs, while enhancing revenues through higher crop yields and improved crop quality.

The Mobile Lab provides the following free services:
  • Map of the irrigation system's pressure and flow measurements
  • Field observation of clogging and emitter wear
  • Water application rate determination
  • Irrigation distribution uniformity analyses
  • Irrigation scheduling and assistance
  • Expert advice on system improvements and maintenance
Each participating grower will receive a confidential irrigation evaluation report. This free service is funded by the California Department of Water Resources Office of Water Use Efficiency and Transfers, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information on this program, or to schedule an evaluation, please contact the Mobile Lab Manager, Heather Nichols at (530) 661-1688 ext. 12 or nichols@yolorcd.org. To learn more about the Yolo RCD's other programs, please visit their websites at www.yolorcd.org

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Immediate Action Needed to Save Beginning Farmer Programs in the Farm Bill!

Over $6 billion cut from conservation.
A 50% cut to core beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs.
Ballooning subsidy programs for the wealthiest farmers – with no real limits.
What were they thinking? The House Agriculture Committee released its draft 2012 Farm Bill late last week, and it has problems (http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/house-farm-bill/) One major issue? The bill targets highly successful beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer programs for 50% funding cuts – why should our nation’s next generation of farmers bear this burden while we continue to subsidize industrial mega-farms?  But it’s not too late to change this – the committee will start voting on amendments for the farm bill TOMORROW. 

Your Representative sits on the Agriculture Committee – and needs to hear from YOU that we need a better farm bill!

Our nation’s farmers are aging, and we can’t afford to wait any longer to help the next generation of farmers and ranchers get off to a strong start.  Programs that invest in the future of American agriculture and provide assistance to beginning and historically underserved farmers and ranchers deserve full support in the Committee’s bill.

Please call or email your Representative TODAY and ask him or her to vote for these amendments:
  • Rep. Fortenberry and Rep. Walz’s amendment to improve and strengthen the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and other critical beginning farmer efforts across the country.
  • Rep. Gibson and Rep. Boswell’s amendment to establish a Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison at USDA.
  • Rep. Fudge and Rep. Fortenberry’s amendment allow USDA to make small business loans tailored to meet the needs of small, young, beginning, and military veteran farmers and ranchers.

Every single call or email you make has an impact on how your Representative will vote tomorrow!

It takes just a moment – click here to speak out for beginning farmers today! http://bit.ly/house_fb_action

Thank you for all that you do,

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Grassroots Team

Monday, July 9, 2012

Marian Farms Biodynamic is hiring!

Marian Farms is a biodynamic farm in Fresno producing raisins, fruits, vegetables, distilled spirits and medicinals. They are hiring a Distiller Assistant, Composting Operator/Mechanic, Inside Sales Rep and Herbal/Vegetable Gardens Productions Operator!

For more information please contact:

Marza Millar
(530) 263-7988

Friday, July 6, 2012

"Land Access: Options and Strategies" webinar July 9th!

Please join the Cornell Small Farms Program for the second webinar in their summer Lunchtime Learning series:
"Land Access: Options and Strategies", a presentation by the Northeast's premier specialist in farmland access, Kathy Ruhf of Land For Good. The webinar is 12p - 1pm EST (9am PST), Mon. July 9th.

Click on this link 5-10 min. before the webinar: http://breeze.cce.cornell.edu/bflnsummer2
Select "Enter as guest" and enter your first and last name.

If you have any troubles accessing the webinar, visit this link for a connection test and some troubleshooting ideas: https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

The webinar will be recorded (barring technical difficulties) and posted for later viewing at: http://nebeginningfarmers.org/trainers

This first of a two-part webinar on land access focuses on the basics. We'll start with values and concepts around farmland tenure: what goes into land acquisition planning? Participants will learn about land access options and their advantages and disadvantages. We'll cover types of leases, what's in a good lease, determining the rent, and more. We'll discuss landlords--who they are and working with them. We'll talk about looking for and assessing farms, and end with suggested resources.

Kathy Ruhf works at Land For Good, a New England nonprofit that specializes in farm access, tenure and succession. She has taught, written and consulted on farm tenure and beginning farmers for 25 years. She is based in western Massachusetts.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Facebook Live Group Chat with Strawberry Experts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 

You're invited to this exclusive opportunity to chat with some UC Cooperative Extension strawberry experts. 
Join this live Facebook group chat with, Steve Koike and Mark Bolda, two of the technical editors and contributing authors of the brand new Organic Strawberry Production Manual.
Steve Koike, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, studies vegetable, fruit, and ornamental crop diseases, particularly strawberry diseases. Koike earned his M.S. in plant protection and pest management from UC Davis in 1980. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding research conducted by a UC Cooperative Extension academic.
Mark Bolda, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Monterey and San Benito counties for strawberries and caneberries, has been a farm advisor since 2002. Bolda received his M.S. in plant protection and pest management from UC Davis in 1996, after serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Paraguay as an agricultural extensionist. 
Bring your questions and comments to this informative lunch-time session and take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat with some of the most knowledgeable strawberry professionals in the field.

Please Note: You must have a Facebook account in order to access this group chat. To participate, please follow the instructions below.

1. Sign into your Facebook account
2. Search for University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (or put www.facebook.com/ucanr into your browser) and click "Like"
3. On the features bar, click on the drop down arrow labeled "2"
4. Click on "Chat" with the big smiley face
5. Click on "Go to App"
6. Wait patiently while the app signs you into our group chat room. If the chat room does not load, please try refreshing the page.
7. Once you are in the chat room, you can type your message in the chat box and click send. Your message will be viewable to everyone in the chat room. You can also send individuals direct private messages or block individuals from sending you direct private message by scrolling over their name.
8. If you would like to invite your friends to join our chat, click on "Invite Friends" on the top, then click to check the box next to the friends you would like to invite and click on "Send Requests"