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Posted July 15, 2014
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) is providing funds to assist with the cost of organic certification under the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Accordingly, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be distributing reimbursement to operations that have been certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent.
Eligible entities will be reimbursed up to 75 percent of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750 per category. Any organic operation in California that has received or renewed organic certification on or between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 may apply for reimbursement. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014.
In order to receive reimbursement, applicants must submit a completed Federal Organic Cost Share Application (ORG-106) along with a copy of certification, copies of associated expense invoices required to obtain and/or maintain certification, and a completed Payee Data Record Form (STD 204).
To apply onlinego to https://organic.cdfa.ca.gov/costshare and click on Cost Share Application.
Posted July 7, 2014
European Grapevine Moth Found in Cazadero
The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), announces the detection of a single male European Grapevine Moth (EGVM, Lobesia botrana) in the western portion of Sonoma County, near Cazadero. The moth was identified on Thursday, June 26th in a trap from a vineyard.
In response to the detection, agricultural officials immediately deployed delimitation traps at the rate of 100 traps per square mile. A visual survey for EGVM eggs and larvae has been conducted and the results are negative. The grower has been contacted.
A single detection does not trigger a quarantine; however, if additional EGVM are detected within 3 miles of the original detection, a quarantine will be declared around the finds. This area of Sonoma County has had no previous EGVM detections. The closest previous detections of EGVM were over 20 miles away. Agricultural officials are investigating this isolated EGVM detection.
Posted July 3, 2014
2013 Crop Report
Each year the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner releases a report on agricultural production.
The reported total value for 2013 was $848,323,200, representing a slight increase of 4% from the 2012 value of $812,726,100. This report reflectsthe gross production values; not the net income or costs of production and marketing.
Read More of the 2013 Crop Report (8.93 MB)
Posted June 24, 2014
Attention: Airport Boulevard Exit from Hwy 101 Northbound Closed
Due to construction the Airport Boulevard exit from Hwy 101 northbound is closed, below are alternate directions.
*Detour or Alternate Route:
Annual Certified Private Applicator Workshop December 5, 2013
Please mark December 5, 2013, on your calendar for our Annual Grower Workshop. The workshop will be held at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, with registration beginning at 8:00 am and the program starting at 9:00 am.
Agenda (PDF: 183kb)
This year our staff will cover several topics including:
Additionally, Dr. Lucia Varela from the U.C. Cooperative Extension will give an update on invasive insect species including the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and the Virginia Creeper Leafhopper.
Two and a half hours of Continuing Education credits have been requested through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
Cost: $10 in advance (must be submitted to our office by 4pm on December 2, 2013)
$20 at the door
Posted October 23, 2013
Fall Plastic Recycling Day is Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Plastic pesticide & chemical containers accepted from growers, dairies, nurseries, pest control businesses, golf courses, parks, and government agencies from 9 am-3 pm at the Healdsburg Corporate Yard. For more information: Fall Plastic Recycling
Posted September 19, 2013
Attention Wineries Receiving Grapes from an EGVM Quarantine Area
The European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) quarantine area in Sonoma County has been reduced since last year's harvest. There are very few wineries with receiving locations still within the EGVM quarantine area. Maps of the quarantine area may be found here: Maps – EGVM Quarantine
If you will be receiving grapes from within the quarantine area and your receiving location is no longer within the quarantine area, you will need a different compliance agreement exhibit. Please print out the D2 exhibit, sign and return to our office via mail, fax (707) 565-3850, or email at email@example.com Please include your business name and compliance agreement number on the exhibit.
A listing of the key quarantine requirements for harvest is located on our website: Harvest Time Information
No More Same Day CPCs
Effective July 1, 2013, we will no longer be able to issue same day CPCs, even for certificate renewals with no or minimal changes. This change will ensure a thorough review of all CPCs. Please allow two weeks to process your CPC. CPC applications and renewals will continue to be accepted via fax, mail, in person, or by email at: Sonomaag@sonoma-county.org
Posted May 31, 2013
Grading, Drainage, Vineyard & Orchard Site Development
All projects, including Level I and Level II projects require an appointment when submitting completed permit application and required documents. Please call (707) 565-2371 to schedule an intake appointment.
Posted April 25, 2013
Sonoma County Launches Online Gardener Certificate Program
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), announces the launch of an online program to allow local gardeners to sell or donate their eligible produce. The online self-certification program supports goals outlined in the Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan, and reflects the County's ongoing commitment to supporting locally grown healthy foods and increasing access for consumers.
The Agricultural Commissioner's office will be hosting two informational meetings about the program on April 16th, and May 13th, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Agricultural Commissioner's conference room located at 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 110 in Santa Rosa. All interested gardeners are encouraged to attend.
Please go to the following website to register for one of the informational meetings as space is limited:
The Approved Produce Gardener Certificate website can be accessed from the following URL:
Posted April 3, 2013
As the new year begins, we share a look back at the history of Sonoma County agriculture through 84 years of Sonoma County Crop Reports from the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. This vast and significant base of knowledge is available because of farmers participation in crop report surveys over decades. Note to Growers: Please complete your crop report surveys and return them to our office by March 1, 2013. You may mail in your envelope, or you can fax your surveys to our office at (707) 565-3850. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Smith at (707) 565-2371.
Posted January 29, 2013
Fresno County Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA). Offers online classes for licensees and certificate holders to complete courses to obtain continuing education requirements mandated by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) in the category of 'laws and regulations'.
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