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Agriculture

UCCE to study livestock impact on fire fuel reduction

Study to estimate how much fuel livestock consume across California and whether grazing decreases wildfire speed and intensity.

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Housing / Land Use

Land Trust of Santa Cruz acquires most of Rocks Ranch

Over 2,600 acres to be protected; development is still planned on 60 acres near Highway 101.

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Agriculture

Supervisors adopt hemp changes

Revised ordinance includes exclusion zone, larger setbacks and a conditional use permit requirement.

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Agriculture

SJB adopts cannabis tax rates, rescinds ban

City could begin accepting business applications in late February.

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Agriculture

Free well testing in February

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

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

Agriculture

County Planning Commission adjusts hemp ordinance setbacks

Proposed changes include requiring cultivators to obtain conditional use permit.

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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.

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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.

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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).