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Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

Sonoma County puts crop reports online

The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has placed more than 80 years of county crop reports on its website.

The reports, going back to 1928, show how the county’s major crops have changed over time.

“We thought ‘We have all these great records, why not put this online,’” Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar said last week.

The office previously made available electronic versions of the crop reports dating back to 1999, the first year they were posted online. Officials said the expanded information will preserve the data.

“By creating an electronic version we were assured of keeping that history,” said Linegar.

To see the crop reports, go to:

First Aid courses for farmworkers

Farmers and their workers can learn First Aid, CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator in training sessions offered by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 20, and March 5 and 11 at the Farm Bureau office, 970 Piner Road in Santa Rosa.

Only the March 5 class will be given in English. The other three sessions will be offered in Spanish.

The cost of the class is $70 per person for members and $90 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. To register, contact Anita Hawkins at 544-5575 or

California is vegetable garden for the U.S.

California farms accounted for half the sales of fresh vegetables grown in the United States last year.

And the state also grew 70 percent of the processed vegetables produced in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The on-farm value of fresh market vegetables grown in the state last year totaled slightly more than $5 billion. That amounted to a decrease of nearly 7 percent from 2011.

Florida last year ranked second with $1.1 billion in sales, followed by Arizona with $697 million. Total U.S. fresh sales amounted to $10 billion.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Robert Digitale. Submit items to

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