Marin County farmers rush to save water as drought predicted to stretch into 2023

North Bay Business Journal

July 29, 2022

With California and the U.S. West squared firmly in drought into November per federal authorities, one Marin County agricultural program is taking shape to help farmers deal with the consequences. On July 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report in which climate and fire weather experts said a persistent ocean current temperature pattern called…

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Marin Voters Showed Support for Local Agriculture

Marin Independent Journal

July 27, 2022

Marin voters overwhelmingly supported the continuation of the countywide parks and open space tax on the June 7 ballot. The 74.3% majority the county-sponsored measure received was a clear answer to critics, who focused their opposition on using public funds to further the good and important works of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

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MALT Moves to Preserve Ranch East of Tomales

Point Reyes Light

July 14, 2022

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust is preparing to purchase its first agricultural easement in more than a year. On Tuesday, the trust secured a $1.8 million influx of public funds to purchase the development rights to the McDowell Ranch, a historic 723-acre property east of Tomales, ensuring the property will never be subdivided and will…

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Marin Allots $1.8M for Farm Easement Near Tomales

Marin Independent Journal

July 13, 2022

A $1.8 million grant from Marin County will ensure that the 723-acre McDowell Ranch near Tomales will be preserved as agricultural land. County supervisors unanimously approved the allocation Tuesday, with Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters absent. The money will be matched by $1.8 million provided by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and used to purchase a conservation…

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Marin Election Results Show What Voters Really Want

Marin Independent Journal

July 9, 2022

Every election teaches lessons. This past June primary was no exception. Marinites have a soft spot for parks, preserving open spaces and perpetuating Marin’s rural heritage. The landslide victory of Measure A shouldn’t have been a surprise. That was the measure to continue Marin’s one-quarter cent sales tax to fund parks, open space acquisition and…

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Saturday Morning News Roundup

SF Gate

July 9, 2022

On Tuesday, Marin County supervisors will consider allowing the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) to purchase a conservation easement of the 723-acre McDowell Ranch located east of Tomales. Funds to purchase the property through MALT would come from Measure A, a 2012 sales tax approved by voters. Marin County Parks officials said 20 percent of…

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Supervisors to Consider Allowing Land Trust to Buy and Preserve 723-Acre Mcdowell Ranch

Bay City News Foundation

July 9, 2022

County supervisors across California are often charged with balancing the preservation of pristine land with development, but perhaps none more so than Marin County, which has some of the most expensive real estate in the Golden State. On Tuesday, Marin County supervisors will consider allowing the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) to purchase the 723-acre…

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Value of Marin Agricultural Products Slips 5%

Post News Group

June 29, 2022

As in past drought years, the resiliency of local farmers, ranchers, and their workforce was noted in the annual report. The lingering COVID-19 pandemic required agricultural producers to find new markets to sell their products to stay viable and handling complicated issues with human resources around their facilities.

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Ensuring county farms are well managed key to maximizing benefits

Marin IJ

June 13, 2022

In the June 7 election, about 75% of Marin County voters supported the renewal of Measure A — a quarter-cent sales tax to support parks, open space and sustainable agriculture. Measure A’s renewal helps assure equitable access to local, fresh and healthy food for everyone, which can’t happen without local agriculture.

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