Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:41 p.m.
Ag jobs have economic punch in Sonoma County
A new Sonoma State University report seeks to quantify the role of agriculture jobs in the North Bay economy.
Every 100 jobs in the region’s dairy, beef and grain farming sectors supports an additional 38 other jobs, generates $15.8 million in outside business revenue and boosts state and local tax receipts by $521,000.
SSU economics professor Robert Eyler presented the study’s highlights Friday at an economic development forum.
The study, commissioned by UC Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County, noted that agriculture supports such businesses as diverse as food manufacturers, medical practices, investment bankers, bars and restaurants.
Moody’s Analytics this year estimated the agriculture, food and wine sector contributes nearly $2 billion to the county’s $24 billion economy.
Farm innovation workshop on Dec. 13
Farmers can learn about marketing, extending their harvests and building custom machinery at an on-farm innovation workshop Dec. 13 in Bolinas.
Topics will include tool-making, feeding the soil and sales strategies. The event, organized by the UC Cooperative Extension in Marin County, will include a tour of Gospel Flat Farm, 140 Olema-Bolinas Road.
The event will include a presentation by Gospel Flat farmer Mickey Murch.
The workshop will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Participants are asked to make a $5 contribution. For more information, contact email@example.com. To register, go to http://ucanr.edu/on_farm_innovation
Competitiveness proposals sought
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting grant proposals to enhance the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops.
The 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will issue awards ranging from $50,000 to $400,000 per project related to fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.
Funding is contingent on passage of the 2012 Farm Bill and the availability of financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The process begins with submission of concept proposals. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in phase two of the process, submission of a grant proposal.
Applicants can see detailed instructions at cdfa.ca.gov/grants. All concept proposals must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
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