I grew up on a small “ranch” in Penngrove, Sonoma County, that had two houses for people and about a dozen houses for chickens—over the years, family farming in the poultry industry became less and less profitable and my father got out of the chicken business altogether in the late 1960s. Since then the chicken [...]
Of all the issues facing California, farmland conservation doesn’t get a lot of attention. But when you consider the implications for our food supply and the environment in general, maybe it should be a little higher on the priority list. I’m happy to report there are several groups of people who agree.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a one-day conference co-sponsored by the American Farmland Trust and the Napa County Farm Bureau in Napa, titled “California Farmland Protection: Reality or Wishful Thinking?
As most know, chances of losing state funding for the Williamson Act subventions for a second straight year was high. While the approach specified in SB 863 may not be perfect it will provide some counties with the incentive to stay in the program.
County government provides a wide range of services to its residents from public safety to health care to recycling programs! Included in this long list of services is the lesser known Land Conservation Act, also known as the Williamson Act.
Simply put, the Williamson Act is the single most effective agricultural land preservation program in California.