Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Hollister recreational cannabis ordinance gets first reading

Final adoption expected June 17, would go into effect July 3.

Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 Corissa King and 2018 Queen Kelsee French, waving to the crowd at the 2018 parade in downtown Hollister. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Miss San Benito Rodeo to be crowned June 15

Two contestants vie for year-long honor.

Agriculture

30th State Assembly District receives $400,000 for soils projects

“The Healthy Soils Program does tremendous work to support farmers and ranchers in developing environmentally friendly farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our soil,” Rivas said.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Land Use

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burn near Clear Creek on June 11

Smoke may be visible to nearby rural landowners. Updated information will be provided on BLM California social media sites using #RxBurn.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Benito Resource Conservation District Board of Director openings

Organization seeking directors and associate directors to oversee programs that promote erosion control, water quality protection and more.

Land Use

Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Explanation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the process for creating a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

Roping at the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Joshua Miller.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

2019 Saddle Horse Show roping in a new era

Event changes up its food and entertainment offerings.

Photo by Heather Graham.

Agriculture

Taylor Farms acquires Earthbound Farm

The move returns food company from French multinational Danone to Central Coast roots.

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

Local high school rodeo state finals qualifiers. Photo courtesy of Liz Westrick.

Agriculture

Local rodeo athletes competing at state finals

They’ll be representing San Benito County at two upcoming events. Top athletes move on to nationals.

Generations of Slash Cross Bucking horses, owned by Elliot and Emily French, at the 2018 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo entries open

Last day to submit application is Friday, June 14.

Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

Farmers’ Market kicks off in Hollister

As spring blooms, residents fill downtown to eat, shop and enjoy community.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Labor survey finds farmers struggle to hire for on-farm jobs

Over half of participants said they have been unable to hire employees at some point during the last five years.

JSM Organics grows organic produce and flowers. Photos courtesy of JSM Organics.

Agriculture

JSM Organics receives national grant

Aromas farm awarded $5,000 to support sustainable agriculture practices.