Agriculture

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.

UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

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Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hollister council moves toward recreational cannabis

City staff and constituents weigh in; first reading of new rules expected June 3.

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Local high school rodeo state finals qualifiers. Photo courtesy of Liz Westrick.

Local rodeo athletes competing at state finals

They’ll be representing San Benito County at two upcoming events. Top athletes move on to nationals.

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Generations of Slash Cross Bucking horses, owned by Elliot and Emily French, at the 2018 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo entries open

Last day to submit application is Friday, June 14.

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Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Farmers’ Market kicks off in Hollister

As spring blooms, residents fill downtown to eat, shop and enjoy community.

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

Labor survey finds farmers struggle to hire for on-farm jobs

Over half of participants said they have been unable to hire employees at some point during the last five years.

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JSM Organics grows organic produce and flowers. Photos courtesy of JSM Organics.

JSM Organics receives national grant

Aromas farm awarded $5,000 to support sustainable agriculture practices.

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Watch clips from Water Conservation Video Contest winners

Three San Benito High School students create videos to inspire others to save water.

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Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Q&A: Assemblyman Robert Rivas on farmworker housing bill

AB 1783 expected to make it easier to house farmworkers on agricultural land.

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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

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

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Well-managed rangelands capture and store precious water, building soil and cooling the earth. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

COLUMN: Comparing plant-based meat with grassfed beef

In this column, Julie Morris of Morris Grassfed Beef talks about her experience at a panel discussion on cultured meat.

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Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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B&R's Riley Rossi helped out at the winter boutique selling potted succulents. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Spring shopping at B&R Farms' Blossom Boutique

Get ready for Easter and Mother's Day by visiting this spring Blossom Boutique on April 13-14.

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Paicines Ranch hosts events related to agriculture and land management. In-the-field classes make use of the whole ranch, giving participants a hands-on experience. Photo by Leslie David.

Rancher to Rancher Field Day

Free workshop and information sharing for ranchers and livestock managers at Paicines Ranch on April 11.

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Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas and UFW announce Farmworker Housing Act

"We must ensure that California's farmworkers and their children have the chance at a better life, and a brighter future," Rivas said.

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Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 Corissa King and 2018 Queen Kelsee French, waving to the crowd at the 2018 parade in downtown Hollister. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Entries open for Miss San Benito Rodeo

Winner will represent the county’s Saddle Horse Association at various events including the California Rodeo in Salinas and San Benito County Fair.

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Third grade students throughout San Benito County learned about local agriculture at the March 19 Farm Day event. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bianchi.

San Benito County participates in Farm Day

Third-graders and 200 volunteers attend 29th annual event at Bolado Park.

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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.

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