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  • A bowl of today's lettuce-leaf basil harvest.
    Lettuce-Leaf Basil

    Basil is one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. It's easy, mostly pest-free, and best of all: I like it. I usually go overboard and grow more than one kind of basil in the garden. This year I grew sweet basil, Thai basil, and ‘Mammoth'...


    By Dustin Blakey
    Author - County Director / Farm Advisor
  • A honey bee encounters a lady beetle, aka ladybug, on mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    This Is Not Our Planet. Whose Planet Is It?

    Mention "beetles," and most folks think of that iconic English rock band from Liverpool. You know, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? But to entomologists, "The Beatles," means "The Beetles."  You know, the ones with six...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM for Livestock Producers

    USDA is providing critical support to our nation's farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities with financial assistance that gives them...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • These Asian giant hornet images from the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows (from left), an example of a worker; the specimen collected July 14; an example of the queen.
    Trapping the Asian Giant Hornet

    Just when folks were beginning to think "it may be over and done" regarding Asian giant hornet sightings,  it's not. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has just trapped its first Asian giant...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Tax statement and pen
    Important tax tips for forest landowners

    “Managing your forest as a business comes with both complexity and tax benefits. Working with a tax professional and a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who has experience in the various financial aspects of forest ownership is important for...


    By Kim Ingram
    Author - Forest Stewardship Education Coordinator