A new drought meeting for growers, wineries, ranchers and dairy will take place on February 21, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds' Finley Hall. Registration is required.
The fee to attend is $10 and lunch is included if you select the box. Registration after February 18 will be $15. Checks and cash only at the door.
Morning registration check-in begins at 8:30am and refreshments will be provided. At 9:00am, the morning session will be targeted to growers, wineries, orchards and crops.
Ag Commissioner Tony Linegar and SCW President Karissa Kruse welcome the audience followed by Supervisors Shirlee Zane and Mike McGuire addressing the drought situation at-hand. In addition, there will be presentations by UCCE farm advisors Glen McGourty and Mark Battany on drought issues with vineyards, wintertime irrigation, etc., a panel on winery water use and conservation, and information by the USDA Farm Services Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. UCCE's Paul Vossen will briefly discuss the situation with orchards and crops.
There will be a quick lunch with keynote speaker Jay Jasperse of the Sonoma County Water Agency.
Registration check-in for the afternoon session begins at 11:45 -1:00. The afternoon session is targeted to livestock and dairy producers. UCCE's Stephanie Larson welcomes the groups and Supervisor David Rabbitt will address the crowd. Drought damage survey, water hauling, tax accounting and tax liabilities are among the afternoon topics covered. The meeting ends at 3:45pm.
This meeting is a partnership of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's office, UC Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
Questions about the event, please contact:
Sonoma County Agriculture Commissioner's office at 565-2371
Sonoma County Winegrowers Commission at 522-5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org