Agriculture

Kelly Martin shows boots in the Vaquero Days vendor booth in 2016. File photo

Vaquero Heritage Days in San Juan Bautista celebrates the cowboy and the culture

Event at St. Francis Retreat promotes the history of the vaquero style.

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Monsanto employees accepting Cal/VPP Star award from Iraj Pourmehraban, CalOSHA Area Manager. Photos courtesy of Beth Savidge.

Monsanto-Seminis of San Juan Bautista gets OSHA Award

State certification honors facility’s safety management efforts.

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Map of Pacheco Resevoir expansion

Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Awarded $485 Million State Grant

Grant allows San Benito County Water District and its partners to move forward with planning for critical water supply expansion.

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Chicken Festival clucks into San Juan Bautista September 16

Event includes cook-off, chicken queen coronation, music, and live chicken displays.

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San Benito County Water District Operations Manager Jeff Cattaneo said the county's aquifers are in good shape, but the state makes it hard to keep them that way. Photo by John Chadwell.

State water board to vote on changing water allocations

If passed, plan would reduce county’s share of surface water.

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One-hundred and thirty-two people attended Sunday's Farm-To-Table Benefit for the Arts. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Farm-to-Table benefit supports art and agriculture

Courses for the evening were prepared by Mike Fisher of Fisher's and Becky Herbert of Farmhouse Café, and featured wines from Aromas Cellars. All food served was prepared from locally sourced ingredients, including produce, chicken, and duck eggs.

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A mid-winter view of Sparling Ranch. Photo by Steve Rottenborn.

Portion of Sparling Ranch is now conservation bank

Extreme patience and an eye for a potentially valuable product helped Michael Anderson complete a development and move mitigation requirements to a new, faster moving business model.

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Corissa King (left) and Valerie Costanza (right) will be two of six ladies competing for the title of Miss California Rodeo Salinas. Photo courtesy of California Rodeo Salinas.

Two Hollister women compete for Miss California Rodeo Salinas

Winner to be named on July 19 during the opening performance.

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The Art of Eating: A Farm-to-Table Benefit for the Arts. Photo provided.

San Benito Arts Council to host farm-to-table benefit for the arts

The Arts Council's second annual farm-to-table benefit will highlight food from local producers prepared by local chefs Mike Fisher and Becky Herbert.

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Lilla Bell, Tristan Naccarato, and Jake Bourdet qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming held July 15-21. Photos courtesy of Lilla Bell, Jake Bourdet, and Tristan Naccarato.

Hollister teens head to Wyoming for National High School Finals Rodeo

To qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming, contestants were required to compete at the state level.

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Pat Ricotti Bucking Tractor with Elliot French as bronc rider.  Photo by Rene Rodriguez

Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade Winners Announced

Winners in a variety of divisions are announced for the annual Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade.

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Luis Flores Sanchez has over 30 types of food he produces on his property. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Urban Agriculture: Locals find joy producing their own food

Urban agriculture spreads as people living within city limits raise chickens for eggs and grow multiple types of food for friends and family.

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Don’t Bring Zika Home: Protect Yourself, Your Family, and California

Here in California, the Zika virus remains a serious public health concern to people traveling to areas with Zika. Zika is a virus that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito or through unprotected sex with an infected partner.

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Will Centoni demonstrating ranch style bronc riding. Centoni just returned from the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY where he topped the nation in both Bull Riding and the Men’s All-Around. Photos by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito County Rodeo Traditions Ride On

Celebrating its 85th year, the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo returned to Bolado Park June 22-24.

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Protect yourself against West Nile Virus

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed its first illnesses in California due to West Nile virus.

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San Benito Cattlewomen successfully handed out 600 bags at the Hollister Farmer’s Market. Photo provided.

San Benito Cattlewomen Beef Bag Giveaway A Success

San Benito Cattlewomen had a successful reusable bag giveaway with over 1,500 bags distributed to the residents of San Benito County.

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Manuel Silva rides in the lead. Photo courtesy San Benito County Historical Society.

Saddle Horse Association Museum set to reopen

The grand reopening of the newly expanded museum is Friday, June 22 and coincides with the first day of the 2018 Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo.

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Eden Rift is one of the local wineries participating in the tasting event. File Photo.

Wine and Beer Tasting at Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo this Friday June 22

The Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo will hold their no-host wine and beer tasting event at Bolado Park before the rodeo starts.

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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.

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Cowboys and cowgirls herded longhorn cattle during the Downtown Parade on Saturday morning. Photo's courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

A San Benito County Tradition Returns to Rodeo Parade

Downtown Hollister was full of excitement and livestock Saturday morning as locals gathered to celebrate the return of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade.

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