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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

County Agriculture Commissioner Karen Overstreet said only 50 applications will be approved for cultivating cannabis in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito County to open applications for cannabis business permits

Consultant HdL Companies will handle the initial phase.

Previous Field Day event held at Paicines Ranch. Photo by Becky Bonner.


Regenerative agriculture event highlights new farming concepts

Paicines Ranch to host field day for EcoFarm Conference attendees.

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Federal Farm Bill legalizes industrial hemp farming

Cultivation in San Benito County could begin soon.

David McPherson presents latest draft of cannabis ordinance to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Noe Magaña.


New cannabis draft ordinance sets business permit, age requirements

Supervisors aim to have it finalized Nov. 20.

Kelly Mulville stands near sheep at Paicines Ranch in Paicines on June 14. Herbicide sprayed on weeds along Cienega Road in April by a San Benito County Public Works crew drifted onto the organic ranch. An investigation is underway. Photo by Tom Leyde.


Herbicide drift causes headache for organic farm

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office and California Certified Organic Farmers are investigating the incident.

Silva Ranch protected by the San Benito Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement. Photo courtesy SBALT website.


Protecting San Benito County Agricultural Lands for 25 years

The San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is devoted to farmers and ranchers in order to protect the agricultural heritage of San Benito County.



Local agricultural crops were worth $367 million in 2016

San Benito is an "excellent place" for producers, but the 2016 Crop Report also points out the problems caused by lower rainfall and disease



Congressmen hold ag roundtable discussion in Salinas

Reps. Jimmy Panetta, Collin Peterson and Jim Costa of the House Agriculture Committee hold session in Salinas to hear concerns from the ag industry to incorporate into the 2018 Farm Bill



Ag discussion turns to comments on Trump’s leadership dealing with North Korea

Democrats come to Salinas to talk about farming, but the conversation heated up when it turned to North Korea and President Trump's leadership abilities



Eating with the Seasons brings local, organic food to customers

Local produce is easier to get than ever before with community-supported agriculture and Eating with the Seasons

(left to right) Devii Rao, Dr. K. Satyanarayan and Dr. Jagadeeswary at the Veterinary University in Bengaluru with beautiful scenes of agricultural life depicted above us on the wall. Photo credit: Daniel George.


Small farmers make big contributions: Dairy production in India

Devii Rao, University of California Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties, recounts a recent trip to India

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OPINION: We need to prepare California’s future agricultural workforce

How can we shape future agricultural labor markets in San Benito County? There is a need for skilled labor to make a better use of new technologies, engage consumers, and sustain our businesses over time

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Panetta establishes ag research caucus

The caucus is dedicated to topics related to agriculture research, innovation, and mechanization efforts



OPINION: Climate-smart agriculture

Climate-smart ag practices make economic and environmental sense