Lilla Bell weaves through a series of poles on her horse in the 14-18 year old pole bending division at San Benito County Fair's Junior Rodeo in 2017. Bell will compete at the Gilroy Rodeo this weekend. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Agriculture

SBC locals gearing up for Gilroy Rodeo

Numerous county residents are competing.

Groundwater profile. Image provided by Shawn Novack.

Land Use

Groundwater plan is moving along

The North San Benito Basin has been classified as a medium-priority basin.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

No bird shows at San Benito County Fair after disease outbreak

After Virulent Newcastle disease appears in several Southern California counties, poultry will be missing from Northern California fairs this year.

McKenna Wood, CHSRA District 4 Queen Karly Camozzi and Jake Bourdet. Wood and Bourdet, both from Hollister, qualified for the NHSRA finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Photo provided.

Recreation & Sports

Hollister teens punch ticket to rodeo nationals

Two will represent San Benito County in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Corissa King (far left) and Kelsee French (far right) are competing for the title Miss California Rodeo Salinas. Photo courtesy of California Rodeo Salinas.

Agriculture

Two San Benito County women compete for Miss California Rodeo Salinas

Winner will be announced at the July 18 opening performance.

Families enjoying their time together at B&R Farms' U-Pick event on July 13. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

B&R Farms opens its gates to the public

Guests come from near and far to pick their own apricots.

Local rancher Bryan Granger assisting Cal Fire with the Trail Fire on July 16. Photos provided by Lacey Bourdet.

Agriculture

Trail Fire contained near Thousand Trails campground

Local rancher initiated fire suppression.

Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager pose with Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith, along with their team roping buckles. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

86th annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo a family affair

Cousins Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager take home top honors in team roping.

Derek Lacasa and Pat Ricotti entertain the crowd on their bucking tractor. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners revealed

Groups and individuals placed in categories like Best Commercial Float and Drill/Dance.

Many local farms have recipes in their stores or online for customers to follow. Photos by Becky Bonner.

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

What to make with Blenheim apricots

Searching for a new apricot dish? BenitoLink has you covered.

Blenheim apricots can be found on multiple farms in San Benito County. They are sweet and juicy fruit that can be eaten straight from the tree. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

It’s Blenheim apricot season in San Benito County

Considered an heirloom fruit on the path to becoming extinct, local farms continue to grow it.

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

Business

Downtown businesses see benefits with Hollister Farmers’ Market changes

Merchants develop new ways to showcase their products and services.

Agriculture

2019 Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo starts June 28

Western action packed weekend at Bolado Park Event Center.

Skip Spiering, representing the San Benito Hemp Campus, spoke at the June 19 San Benito County Planning Commission. Photos by Heather Graham.

Agriculture

San Benito Hemp Campus aims to reuse existing ag facility

Planning Commission unanimously approves development.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

County committee nominations for Farm Service Agency now open

Nominations and elections will be held in northeast San Benito County.