Non-GMO line of tortillas launched

La Tortilla Factory is launching the industry’s first entirely non-GMO, USDA-certified organic line of tortillas in California this month.

The Santa Rosa company has produced organic tortillas for nearly 12 years under its “Sonoma” line. The new line responds to the growing demand for certified organic foods that are free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, said Sam Tamayo, chief innovation officer.

“Consumers are deeply concerned about the ingredients found in foods they purchase, however many are confused by the complicated and often misleading ‘organic,’ ‘Non-GMO,’ and ‘all natural’ statements on food packaging,” Tamayo said in a statement. “With our new all-organic product line, we’ve crafted an easily identifiable, consistent line of non-GMO, USDA certified organic tortillas, to help our consumers make simple, wholesome choices.”

Founded in 1977 by Jose and Mary Tamayo and their five sons, La Tortilla Factory is now under the leadership of the third generation of the Tamayo family. It introduced the world’s first fat-free flour tortillas in 1991 and, five years later, the first low carb/low fat tortillas.

Young Farmers & Ranchers fundraiser

The Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers will hold a sporting clays shoot on Sept. 13 at Wing & Barrel Ranch in Sonoma.

The event raises money for the Young Farmers & Ranchers scholarship fund and local agricultural programs. It is limited to 75 shooters, who must bring their own gun and shells. The cost is $50 per person for 100 clays and lunch. Lunch tickets are available for non-shooters. RSVP is required by Sept. 5. To reserve a spot, go to

Research on agriculture waste sought

The “Waste to Worth” conference in Seattle is seeking research abstracts and papers on topics addressing agricultural waste and environmental quality.

Organizers of the conference, scheduled March 30 to April 1, welcome input from anyone who makes or influences decisions on livestock and poultry farms that may have environmental impact, said Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer and associate head of the university’s department of biological and agricultural engineering.

“Input is welcome, not just from scientists and educators, but from farmers and agri-businesses as well,” Mukhtar said in a statement.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. For information, visit

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