Paicines Ranch, Paicines, CA. Photo provided

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Legislature Greenlights Skinner & Rivas’ Carbon Sequestration Bill, SB 27

Asm. Rivas applauds the passage of SB 27, which he says is a major step forward in harnessing our state’s natural and working lands in the fight against climate change.

Photo courtesy of San Benito County Water District.

News

Water agency releases draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan for public review

The San Benito County Water District will accept public comments through Oct. 27.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

News

County planners approve lifting ban on cannabis retail

Outdoor cultivation remains a possibility in unincorporated areas of the county.

File photo of Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hollister revokes all three LLXP Corp. cannabis permits

City Council ignores company argument to repeal the revocation.

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

News Release

Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protections Act heads to Senate

AB 73 ensures the state’s stockpile of N95 masks will be utilized for farmworkers during a wildfire outbreak.

Charolais cattle grazing SBALT’s Rancho Larios Open Space. Photo provided.

News Release

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust applies for national accreditation

The public comment period regarding the application is open until July 9.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

News Release

San Benito County included in drought state of emergency proclamation

41 counties now under drought state of emergency intended to protect communities and the environment, representing 30% of the state’s population.

People walk around the Farmer's Market. Photo courtesy of Felicia Bisceglia, Farmers' Market manager.

Agriculture

Thousands attend first Farmer’s Market of the season

Several vendors sell out their supply.

LULAC members Richard Perez (back left) and Vince Luna (back right) with T-mobile expert Angela Jacobo (front left) and sales and operations manager Alyssa Sims (front right). Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

LULAC to distribute cellphones, food on Cinco de Mayo.

During the pandemic the organization has provided food, hoodies and boots to farmworkers.

File photo of San Justo Reservoir in 2021. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

SBC Water District users may have to pay for treating San Justo Reservoir

It’s been closed to recreation since 2008, when zebra mussels were discovered.

SBC Water District rain gauge. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Environment / Nature

Rainfall declining in San Benito County

Water district officials discuss possible return to drought conditions.

The Schmidt family: Joe Spencer, Tina Jolly Schmidt, Brian Schmidt, Walt Henzi, Crystal Henzi, Kathy Spencer, Rick Schmidt, Stacey Swenson, Janis Schmidt, and Greg Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Karminder Brown.

Agriculture

San Benito family receives Excellence in Range Management Award

The award recognized the Schmidt family for maintaining outstanding ranch management and land stewardship practices across distances and generations.

Christopher Valadez, president of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, at the vaccination clinic at Earthbound Farms on Feb. 26. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Earthbound Farms hosts vaccination drive for 250 workers

Two-day clinic focuses on essential food industry employees.

Cannabis plant. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Agriculture

Free online commercial cannabis permitting workshop set for March 4

Topics include an overview of the state’s cannabis cultivation licensing program and review of the requirements for commercial cannabis farming.

Bonnie Swank in her barn with the corn maze, pumpkins, and sunflowers in the background. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Bonnie Swank: In memoriam

Family and friends share how her vision of Swank Farms took shape.