Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. Photos provided by the Office of Jimmy Panetta.

Agriculture

Q & A: Jimmy Panetta and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Congressman speaks on bipartisan bill that will ‘provide a clear path to legal status for our domestic farm laborers, and ensure a stable workforce for the future of agriculture.’

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

Agriculture

Farmworker housing bill not enticing local growers

With concerns over liability and deed restriction, farmers appear unlikely to use new law AB 1783 intended to stimulate construction of farmworker housing.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SJB council approves final housing element

Other actions include a timetable for rescinding the cannabis ban and selecting Mary Edge as mayor.

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Environment / Nature

San Benito County precipitation levels deemed satisfactory

Since the start of this Water Year, San Benito County has received close to five inches of precipitation as of Dec. 12.

While the hemp growing season is over, the signs on a fence along Comstock Road remain. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

Supervisors put temporary moratorium on hemp cultivation

Residents and business owners complain about odor and security.

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

Agriculture

Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes in the House

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical, bipartisan step forward for both our farmers and farmworkers,” Congressman Jimmy Panetta said.

Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Juan Bautista approves rules for cannabis facilities

Pot operations will be required to have odor mitigation plans.

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Business / Economy

Local apricot grower hosts annual holiday shopping boutique

B&R Farms spreading cheer on four Saturdays before Christmas.

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Agriculture

November workshop to focus on marketing livestock and other ranch products

Will also go over new standards for selling whole animals in regards to AB 2114 (cattle only).

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Agriculture

Community Water Center offering free well testing

Available to anyone with a private domestic well which provides water to 1-14 households living in San Benito County.

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Agriculture

Ranching for Profit workshop happening Sept. 25

Topics to include transforming a ranch into a sustainable business, cell grazing, and soil improvement and carbon sequestration through conservation practices.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the Office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

State legislature approves farmworker housing bill

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, will head to Governor Gavin Newsom for consideration.

Joseph and John Wynn sat through discussion of their cannabis project at the Sept. 3 Hollister City Council meeting. They were ready to show a slide presentation for the project, but were not asked to do so. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis and smart glass projects moving forward

John Wynn’s 200-acre cannabis campus would be complemented by a 40-acre electromagnetic glass manufacturing operation.

Backed by community members, Mark Gibson cuts the ribbon at the Aug. 28 ceremony celebrating Gibson Farms' newly solar-powered facility. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Agriculture

Gibson Farms moves to renewable energy

Ribbon-cutting introduces community to solar-powered facility.

San Benito County Fair. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Deadline approaches for San Benito County Fair entries

Online entries close at midnight on Sept. 5, paper entries close on Sept. 6.