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Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley
September 02, 2014
Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a new exhibit, Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley, debuting on Friday, September 12, 2014 with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thirteen Sacramento Valley artists come together to share their visions of the richness of our land and the agriculture that sustains us all.

Meet the artists at the opening event: Paul Boehmke, Sue Chapman, Gerald Hufeld, Carol Keesling, Zbigniew Richard Kozikowski, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Mary Ann Nation, Frank Ordaz, Don Payne, Patris, Inger Price, and Marilyn Warmee. A variety of mediums are represented in portraying the spectrum of agricultural and natural images of our fertile valley. There is no admission to the event, and the public is invited.

Our Good Earth will remain at the Museum from September 12th through November 15th. The art is available for purchase during the exhibit.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Proof of Walnut Ownership Forms Now Online
August 26, 2014
Proof of Walnut Ownership Forms Now Online

The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has released an online form that can be used to satisfy the proof of ownership requirement in the new Walnut Theft Prevention Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2014.

The ordinance was adopted in response the rising frequency of thefts from walnut growers in the County. Record high prices for walnuts, driven by worldwide demand, have resulted in brazen thefts of one of Sutter County’s top agricultural products, according to Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry.

Walnuts are the second most valuable crop in Sutter County, after rice. More than 34,000 acres of walnuts were harvested in 2013, with a value of more than $163 million. They have proven easy to steal, however, and the ordinance is designed prevent thieves from selling the walnuts to walnut buying operations that do not have permanent processing equipment on-site.

The ordinance forbids the sale of walnuts to non-processing walnut buying operations outside a Walnut Buying Period, which will be established each season by the Agricultural Commissioner. It also prohibits possession of walnuts by non-growers without proof of ownership.

Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.

The proof of ownership form is available online or in person at the Agricultural Commissioner’s office or the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau. A copy of the ordinance is also available online.

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Notice of Public Review
August 19, 2014

Risk Management Plans (RMPs) have been submitted by the following facilities:

  1. Yuba City Waste Water Treatment Facility, 302 Burns Drive, Yuba City, CA, 95991
  2. Helena Chemical Company, 6788 Colusa Highway, Yuba City, CA, 95993
The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. These RMPs will be available for public review for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

 
Sutter County Ag Values Double In 10 Years, Set New Record Near $600 Million
August 18, 2014
Sutter County Ag Values Double In 10 Years, Set New Record Near $600 MillionImproved acreage and value for several key crops boosted Sutter County's 2013 agricultural production value to $599.3 million in 2013, returning more than $2.4 billion to the local and regional economy, according to Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry.

The crop value is a record. It represents an increase of more than 13 percent over 2012 values, and it is almost double the $307 million value reported 10 years ago in 2003.

Sutter County's annual Agriculture Crop & Livestock Report, released Aug. 18, noted that a dry spring in 2013 allowed farmers to plant early, and a dry fall made for an excellent harvest. Drought conditions, however, required farmers to irrigate orchard and field crops during the winter months.

Rice ($181 million) and walnuts ($144 million) led the production values. Dried plums, peaches, nursery products and tomatoes also were among the top crops.

"Agriculture continues to be an integral part of Sutter County's economic base," Quisenberry said. "Industries such as banking, labor, marketing, transportation, and other services directly or indirectly ties to agriculture benefitted appreciably as the agricultural industry returned more than $2.44 billion to our economy in 2013."

Sutter County agricultural products travel to every continent on the globe. The Sutter County Agriculture Department issued 1,815 certificates verifying shipments were made in accordance with the laws of 86 different countries, from Algeria to Yemen, in 2013.

The full report is available in person at the Sutter County Agriculture Department, 142 Garden Highway, Yuba City, or online at: http://www.suttercounty.org/pdf/ag/CropReports/2013_Crop_Report.pdf

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First WNV Deaths Reported in Sutter County in 2014
August 14, 2014
Two Sutter County women have died earlier this month with West Nile Virus (WNV)-related causes, one with the neuroinvasive form of WNV and the other with non-neuroinvasive WNV. Our sympathy goes to the families. No other cases have been reported at this time.

These are the first cases of WNV illness that have been reported in Sutter County for 2014. One previous WNV-related death was reported in Sutter County in 2012. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D - DEET- use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D - Dawn and Dusk - avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D - Doors and windows - make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D - Drain all standing water around the outside of your house -gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

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GAO Report: FEMA Floodplain Policy Should Change to Lessen Impact on Agricultural Communities
August 04, 2014
GAO Report:  FEMA Floodplain Policy Should Change to Lessen Impact on Agricultural Communities

A report from the Government Accounting Office recommending policy changes to lessen the impact of federal floodplain regulations on farming operations and rural communities is the result of advocacy by the Agricultural Floodplain Management Alliance, an organization with its genesis in Sutter County.

AFMA has been working with representatives of rural communities across the United States, with the elected representatives from those communities, and with staff from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to change existing policies which threaten rural areas where farming is the chief segment of the local economy.

AFMA is a coalition of local governments, flood control districts, farmers and ranchers, and community groups from across the nation which is working to reform floodplain rules they say are threatening the economic viability of agriculture. AFMA came into being at the suggestion of Sutter County supervisors Stanley Cleveland Jr. and James Gallagher, after it became apparent a new FEMA floodplain designation in the southern third of Sutter County was creating economic difficulty for agricultural producers.

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