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  • Please Fill Out the 2023 Crop Report Survey

    The San Benito County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is accumulating figures for the 2023 County Crop Report and they would greatly appreciate your assistance in collecting accurate data. If you've got cattle in San Benito County, please fill out the...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • A feral honey bee colony (now gone) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    A Presidential Love of Bees: From 'Bee Houses' to 'Bee Trees'

    Today, on Presidents' Day, let's buzz back in history to our first President and his love of honey bees. Picture this: George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732-Dec. 14, 1799) is eating hoecakes with honey, and adding honey to his tea, something that historians...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Bohart associate and entomologist, Nazzy Pakpour, PhD, author of
    At the Bohart: Life Is Better With Bugs

    They came. They saw. They held out their hands. Hands? Yes, to hold Madagascar hissing cockroaches and stick insects (walking sticks). The Bohart Museum of Entomology greeted some 1400 visitors during the 13th annual UC Davis Biodiversity...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Midpen Grazing Leases

    Please see below announcement from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (District), regarding a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease District property for conservation grazing... The District has released an RFP for three grazing units in San...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • A syrphid fly forages on an Arctotis
    Pink Sugar and a Syrphid

    Who doesn't like "Pink Sugar?" No, not the sweetener. The brilliantly colored Arctotis "Pink Sugar," also known as a pink African daisy. "The genus name Arctotis is derived from Greek words 'arktos', which means "a bear" and 'otos' meaning...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist