Santa Barbara Independent, May 1, 2019

Legal cannabis farming replaces unprofitable crops, creates new jobs, and funds the enforcement against illegal operators, preserving the land for generations of farmers.

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Noozhawk, March 6, 2019

Noozhawk writer Wendy Sims-Moten sat down with the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner, Cathy Fisher, to discuss pesticide use in our county. Commissioner Fisher discusses the risks of pesticides and drift from produce, proper reporting and investigation procedure, and what her department is doing to limit the dangers of pesticides in our community.

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Leafly, March 4, 2019

Industry experts “expect cannabis jobs in the Golden State to increase by 21% in 2019. In raw numbers, that means 10,261 jobs with good salaries, benefits, and opportunity for advancement are waiting to be filled.” This would be an increase on top of the 66,951 jobs already supported by cannabis in California, in what is currently a $2.47 billion industry.  

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Leafly, November 24, 2018

Despite the cannabis industry’s “big-ag feel,” cannabis cultivation takes up less than 1% of agricultural land in Santa Barbara County. Other regional farms, including vineyards and cattle ranches, average a whopping 440 acres. Farmer Robert Haugen splits his cultivation land between crops, with 20 acres of pinot noir grapes and 11 ½ acres permitted for cannabis—although he uses only half that land for production.

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Washington Post, October 14, 2018

Despite its small footprint on the region’s agricultural land, cannabis cultivation is reinvigorating the regional economy. These local farmers, many of who have been practicing #agriculture in the community across generations, are predicted to send an annual $25 million in fees and revenue back to Santa Barbara County. This tax revenue “will go toward enforcing the cannabis law,” keeping the community safe from illegal growth, with additional funds earmarked for other vital public services.

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The Cannifornian, March 12, 2017

“‘If you are in the compost industry, you need to be actively lobbying for outdoor organic cannabis cultivation. That is the market for composting,’ Ritchie told the audience.” Composting has found its home in the outdoor organic cannabis farms of Santa Barbara county. This sustainable arrangement helps farmers cultivate a pesticide-free crop.

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