Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Sonoma County Farm Bureau would like to express our sincerest thoughts and condolences to those who have been affected by the recent wildfires in Sonoma County. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and asked how to help your rural neighbors in need.

Efforts to support our agricultural community within Sonoma County will be an ongoing long-term project. As we continue to evaluate the needs for our ag community, we will respond to additional needs as they arise.

Here's how you can assist our local agricultural community right now:

Ag and Rural Lands Fire Recovery & Resource Town Hall

Monday, October 30, 2017
Sonoma County Fairgrounds - Garrett Building
Doors open at 5 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m.

In response to the recent wildfires in Northern California that have impacted the agriculture community, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is convening local, state and federal leadership to address concerns and provide information to rural property owners.

Key groups and resource agencies will be present to provide tailored information to the agricultural community as the rural community begins to recover.

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Media release

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is coordinating donations of feed and supplies for livestock and horses. The Farm Bureau office has secured a storage yard and is in the process of gathering feed and hay for distribution to affected farmers throughout the county. Sonoma County Farm Bureau is seeking donations of feed from our community. If you cannot donate feed, monetary donations will be accepted to assist with livestock relief efforts. If you or a livestock/horse owner you know has been affected by recent wildfires, please call 707-544-5575 or email Emily@sonomafb.org for assistance.

Make a Monerary Donation to Livestock Relief Efforts

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The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation is partnering with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to establish a housing recovery fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes by last week's devastating fires. The fund will serve to assist ag workers who lost their homes in the fires by helping to fund the re-establishment of new households. For anyone interested in contributing to the housing fund, visit: www.scggf.org to make a contribution. SCGGF is a 501(c)(3) organization. If you or an employee was affected by the recent wildfires, please email info@sonomawinegrape.org with your contact information so they may reach out to you to provide support.

Contribute to Agricultural Workers Impacted by Wildfires

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As we all know, supporting Sonoma County is critical right now. There's an easy way to help and chances are you've already been doing it. Whether it's drinking Sonoma County wine or eating Sonoma County cheese, purchasing any local commodity will help our community.

Above all, encourage others to visit Sonoma County. Despite the recent devastating effects, Sonoma County is still here and our tourist infrastructure is intact. As we start to rebuild pieces of our community, it is crucial that we all serve as ambassadors to the beautiful place we call home.

Support our community by supporting the local food system: buy local!

To stay up to date on how the fires have affected the Sonoma County agriculture community, follow Sonoma County Farm Bureau on Facebook or Twitter.

KCBS Radio Interview with Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Sonoma County Farm Bureau was live with KCBS 740 AM & 106.9 FM on October 18th to talk about how the North Bay Wildfires affected livestock and horses in Sonoma County.

Local, state, federal programs offer wildfire relief
With the spate of Northern California wildfires nearly contained, many people are beginning to focus on making a comeback. A number of state and federal programs exist to help farmers and ranchers, and other efforts are being organized at the local level.

Farmers in wildfire zones assess impact
Steve Dutton, president of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, spoke to Ag Alert about the impacts of recent wildfires on Sonoma County agriculture. Ag Alert also covered Sonoma County Farm Bureau's livestock relief efforts.