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The following are links not affiliated with or recommended by UCCE.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) a national information resource for value-added agriculture.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) North Coast Region provides growers and buyers assistance in sales and marketing and works with GoLocal on branding Sonoma County agriculture. CAFF now offers food safety services, too.

CropMobster(tm) a way for farmers with excess produce to connect with consumers. 

Crop Reports annual Sonoma County Crop Report by the Agricultural Commissioner office; includes annual reports dating back to 1928!

Farm-Based Education Network a free member network established to strengthen and support the work of educators, farmers, and community leaders providing access and experiences of all kinds on productive working farms.

Farm Commons webinars, legal resources and advice for farmers.

FarmLink is a nonprofit organization that provides farmers with the tools they need to lease and purchase land, access capital, and improve business planning.

  • UV Extension How to Determine the Right Farm Rental Rate developed to support both farmers and landowners through the process of determining a fair cash rental rate for farmland, equipment and infrastructure in Vermont. The same methods might apply to other parts of the U.S.

farmsReach an online community: Connect with other farmers. Access tools & services to save you time & money. Find input suppliers & compare prices.

Farmer Veteran Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture. Click "Contact Us" in upper right corner of site to get started.

Sonoma County BEST Food Industry Group a group of natural and specialty food manufacturers in the North Bay who collaborate on industry issues and leverage the knowledge of the group as a whole to overcome problems.

Mediation Program California Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP) is the official United States Department of Agriculture certified agricultural mediation program for California. CALAMP’s services are FREE to the agricultural community on many issues. 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has many publications for farmers including the very helpful Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm & Food Programs. NSAC advocates for federal policy reform. 

Organic

  • Registration: in California, registration is required for all entities that raise, grow, store, transport and sell organic products. Department of Food & Ag and Department of Public Health oversee these programs:  
    CDFA Organic Registration is required of every entity engaged in production or handling of raw organic products. This includes diary and meat except for processed dairy and meat products. 
    CDPH Organic Registration is required for every entity engaged in processing or handling of processed products, pet food, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, fish and seafood.
    USDA Organic seal
    USDA Organic seal
  • Certification: If gross sales of organic product exceeds $5,000 or if the business wants to use the USDA Organic seal, they must obtain organic certification from an approved third party certifier, also found on USDA Ag Marketing Service Certifier Locator.
  • Non-GMO Requirements under the National Organic Program by Organic Trade. 
  • OMRI current information about products and materials allowed for organic use.

Sonoma County Right to Farm Ordinance.

Tend farm management app - sign up for early access.

Testing laboratories list of Selected Plant and Soil Laboratories in Northern and Central California

USDA Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American Agriculture and is conducted every five years.

USDA National Ag Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Use Quick Stats to drill down to the statistic you need. Note, this is voluntary information.

Example: to find pastureland rental rates, click on (skip the first 3 options) Commodity=Rent, Category=Expanse, Data Item=Rent, Cash, Pastureland..., Geographic Level=County, State=CA, County=Sonoma or Region=Central Coast (to get more results), Year=select if you want to narrow the results then click on Get Data (lower left corner).

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