Monday, August 25, 2014

Farm Commons seeking stories and opinions about agricultural land leases

From Farm Commons...

Are you interested in helping inform fair-market ag land rental rates for the County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department?

The County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is trying to establish a fair market value for farmland rental that will take place at County Park in San Jose.  

Are you a land owner or farmer interested in sharing some information about your ag land lease rates? This information is very helpful for organizations with land available for ag, to help determine fair market rates that work for farmers.

If you are interested in helping, please email by September 12, 2014, with answers to any of the following questions:

  • Farm name and contact info 
  • Lessor Status: private/ public agency:
  • Land location (city):
  • Lease terms: how many year/ month
  • Extension: if renewal or extension of the lease is possible and for how many years
  • Acreage of the lease property:
  • Irrigation status of the property (who provides water, is water pre-existing)
  • Does the lease land come with any infrastructure, facilities, or on site housing? If not, are they allow to be built during the lease?
  • Rent: Please include per month or per year
  • Variation for rent: possible increase based on CPI or other variations
  • Type of Crop grown: 
  • Any commercial activities? If so, what type? And does the landlord gets a cut of the profit from those activities?
Thank you! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

USDA and Farm Bureau Co-host Salinas Meeting to Answer Farm Bill Questions

Interested farmers, ranchers, agencies and organizations in the Salinas area are welcome to attend a workshop to hear about Farm Bill changes from four USDA agencies. 

Sept. 8, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will held at the UC Cooperative Extension’s office located at 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Scholarship support available for UC Santa Cruz organic farming training program

Application deadlines for the 2015 program are August 15, 2014 for international applicants, and September 30, 2014 for U.S. citizens. Program information, application materials, and details on scholarship support are available online at


Are you interested in being part of dairying the old fashioned way, with an eye for the health of the animals and the quality of the milk? Do you love raw cow's milk or raw goat's milk?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Record Keeping for Small Businesses & QuickBooks Basics Workshops

Record Keeping for Small Businesses
Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 9am - 1pm
Learn more and register 

QuickBooks Basics
Saturdays September 20 & 27 | 9am - 1pm
Learn more and register

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Earn $15,000 as the new "Face of Farming" (Applications due this Sunday August 10th)

Are you a young or beginning farmer? A search is on for a young or new farmer to serve as a year-long public figure, e.g. be the “Face of Farming.” The selected farmer will participate in talk shows, radio interviews, magazine write ups, etc. The farmer will receive $15,000 to compensate for time and participation.