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Making Hay

Humboldt County
Farm Bureau

   
Humboldt County Farm Bureau is Humboldt County's largest general agricultural organization, representing dairy, timber, livestock, produce, oysters, wineries, and the floral industry.
 
We are a member-based, grass roots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving agriculture in Humboldt County. 

As a member of the California Farm Bureau Federation, our members are provided with a network of support both on and off the farm.  From delivering breaking legislative and local news to educational tools and helpful discounts.

We work so that our communities can eat.

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About us

Where are we?

Humboldt County is a picturesque rural community with a deep water seaport about 250 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border. It's pleasant climate, rolling fields, and abundant waterways make it the perfect place for a wide variety of industries, including forestry, dairy, livestock, row crops, floral, and aquaculture.
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Agriculture in Humboldt County

Agriculture has historically been one of the major resources of Humboldt County. Approximately 690,000 acres or nearly a third of the total land area in the County is directed to some type of agricultural use.
About 67,000 acres of land is classified as being under intensive farming (e.g., harvested cropland and cropland used only for pasture), while an estimated 605,000 acres of land is used primarily for grazing related purposes (e.g., pastureland and rangeland). The high rainfall, fertility of the soil, marine climate, and soil depth make some of the County's agriculture land highly productive: the economic value of agricultural production topped 44 million dollars in 1981.  

The more profitable, intensive agricultural practices generally occur on the more fertile land, on manageable parcels, with ample water supply.  Although upland grazing is the predominant agricultural practice in Humboldt County and requires vast acreages for profitability, it tends to involve non-prime quality land in the remote areas which are subjected to competition from possibly competing land uses.

​Significant agricultural resources are located near the cities of Arcata, Fortuna, and Blue Lake, as well as around McKinleyville, Dow's Prairie, the Eel River Delta, Metropolitan, Holmes, Willow Creek, Orleans, Mattole Valley, Garberville, Petrolia, Honeydew, Ettersburg, Bunker Hill, Table Bluff, Bear River, Alderpoint, Blocksburg, Harris, Pepperwood, Redwood Creek drainage, and many other areas.

The importance of agricultural land is unquestionable; yet, during the past several decades, nearly 100,000 acres of land has undergone land use changes due to subdivision activity.   The County is currently attempting to slow down the agricultural land conversion process by supporting the Williamson Act Program. Nearly 200,000 acres of land in the County is presently under this program. Humboldt County will continue to support the Williamson Act, as well as other measures to discourage the loss of agricultural land.
 
Due to the fact that there is a net importation of agricultural products into the County, there is a need to: provide for the future production of essential food supplies; promote the continued presence of agriculture in Humboldt County, and; conserve and utilize lands where agriculture is or can become economically viable.  Many opportunities exist through non-traditional crops, intensive management and the operator's commitment to agriculture, to significantly contribute to the County's agricultural production.  Much of the rural land in the County has the potential for a variety of agricultural uses.

Mission Statement

Humboldt County Farm Bureau is Humboldt County's largest general agricultural organization, representing dairy, timber, livestock, produce, oysters, wineries, and the floral industry.
 
We are a member-based, grass roots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving agriculture in Humboldt County. 

Promoting Agriculture Since 1913!
Mission statement
Top Dog
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HCFB Top Dog Photo Contest

This contest was created in 2022 to showcase the amazing dogs in Humboldt County that not only work for their kibble, but enrich our lives.

The contest is based on submitted photos, videos, and stories depicting the farm dog’s role in working alongside Humboldt County farmers and ranchers.

Redwood Bank has sponsored $500 to the 2023 HCFB Farm Dog selected as Top Dog! Premier Financial has generously sponsored more fabulous prizes!

The 2023 Top Dog Photo Contest is open now! Must Enter by June 30th at 11:59pm.

Business Directory &
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Business Directory & Sponsors

Humboldt County Farm Bureau
5601 So. Broadway
Eureka, CA   95503

Email:  jfulton@humboldtcountyfarmbureau.com


Executive Director:  Jeannie Fulton


Phone:  (707) 443-4844


Fax:  (707) 443-0926

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