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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 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:


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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Subject: Legislation against animal and environmental rights.

Hey all,

I feel this is really important for the farming community to be part of as it will def affect factory farming or more accurately those who try to bring attention to or speak out against cruel animals practices. Lots of good information on there. Thanx!

In Topics Wildlife Management, Livestock, Policy, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild

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Food Security In the Wake of Rancho: Something to Gain from the Shut-Down of the North Bay's Only USDA Slaughterhouse?

The recent recall, closure and sale of the North Bay’s only USDA-inspected slaughterhouse made headlines nationally, while our own food community—in a region that prides itself on pure, humane and locally produced ingredients—woke-up to how even the best-intentioned farmers and ranchers are entwined within a larger, more complex and often fragile system.

After the USDA issued and then expanded a second recall on all meats processed at Rancho Feeding Corp., the decades-old slaughterhouse voluntarily shut its doors as investigations ensued. Much of Rancho’s business relied upon the slaughter of retired dairy cows from all over the state, leaving specific time slots open to smaller-scale local producers of beef and pork, many of whom make up the myriad of our region’s

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In Topics Food Safety, Livestock, Policy, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild

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I'm gonna seal this package with a kiss. Thanks to everyone who spoke (wrote) out against the FDA's new food safety rules that will, unless revised, seriously over-regulate and hurt small, diversified and family farms. And to everyone who sent their own letter or submitted online.

And guess what? It's not too late. Another week left to submit your comments. Just visit:



In Topics Food Safety, Policy

In Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild

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A panel about the Food Safety Modernization Act will be held at the Little Lake Grange (291 School Street in Willits) on November 5th at 7pm. Panelists will discuss: a summary of the regulation, potential impacts to local agricultural operations, current exemptions, relation to organic producers and upcoming comment opportunities.

Panelists will include: Chuck Morse, Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner; Devon Jones, Executive Director Mendocino County Farm Bureau; Doug Mosel, Mendocino Grain Project; Scott Cratty, General Manager Mendocino County Farmers Market Association.

If you're unsure how these proposed rules will affect you and your farming operation, PLEASE attend this panel. Comments on the proposed rules close on November 15 and it is critically important that the Food and Drug Administration gets accurate, first-hand information about how their proposed rules may affect
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In Topics Food Safety, Policy

In Mendocino Farmers Guild

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