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Mendocino County has a rich and varied past, and the people here feel a strong connection to their history. For thousands of years Pomo, Yuki and other Native American tribes were nurtured by the natural resources of the forests, mountains, rivers and ocean.

In the 1800s, explorers and settlers began to arrive from Russia, China and Europe. Inland, the valleys hosted the northernmost Mexican ranchos. After the gold rush of 49, many would-be miners also established ranches inland. Today, cowboys celebrate their way of life at California’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Willits every Fourth of July.

Lumberjacks came from New England and timber drove the County’s economy for many years. The fishing industry grew and still plays a vital part in Mendocino County life.

Italians and Greeks moved north from San Francisco and found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes, fruit and olives. Our County still benefits from their bounty and organic grape growing and winemaking techniques, make Mendocino County America’s Greenest Wine Region TM.

Artifacts of our Native American, timber, fishing, agricultural, and cultural heritages can be discovered throughout the County, and are preserved in our many museums.
(Thank You ‘Visit Mendocino County’  http://visitmendocino.com ) for the use of this information.

Current News

Clebson Gomes Goncalves, PhD - New Diversified Agriculutre Advisor - Mendocino & Lake Counties



North Bay Forest Improvement Program

A new forest management cost-share program


Mediterranean Oak Borer Pest Alert


Understanding the relationship between Fire and Dead Trees - A Literature Review


White Paper about Bishop pine on the Forestry and Wildlands Ecology page!


Ecological Assessment of Biomass Thinning in Coastal Forests, Now Online!


Mendocino County Meat Plant Study

Addendum to August 2013 Feasibility Study for Mendocino County Meat Plant


Grapevine Red Blotch Disease

Equine Herpesvirus Brochure

Meat Industry Capacity and Feasibility Study of the North Coast Region of California is also available under the Livestock & Natural Resource Management Program page.

U.S. Food Market Estimator
The U.S. Food Market Estimator is designed to help users determine the potential demand, by county in the United States, for more than 200 different food items.

Where are we?


Event Name Date
  • New Organic Livestock Rules Proposed

    For producers doing organic livestock: USDA/AMS Proposing New Organic Livestock Regulations   The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production...

    By John M Harper
    Author - County Director Mendocino & Lake/Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor


4-H Community Education Specialist 2 – Lakeport, CA, Job ID 45658
County Location: Lake County
Posted on November 16, 2022

4-H Community Education Supervisor 1, Region 1 - UCCE County office (TBD) - Job ID # 28703
County Locations: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Lake County, Mendocino County
Posted on November 4, 2022

4-H Statewide Program Manager, Flexible Location, Job ID 42798
County Locations: Alpine County, Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Glenn County, Humboldt County, Imperial County, Inyo County, Kern County, Kings County, Lake County, Lassen County, Madera County, Mendocino County, Modoc County, Mono County, Nevada County, Placer County, Plumas County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, Sutter County, Tehama County, Trinity County, Tulare County, Tuolumne County, Yuba County
Posted on September 16, 2022

ANR Blogs
  • Knotweed Symposium 2023
    Knotweed Symposium: science & management webinar :: March 1, 2023

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR   Knotweed Symposium science & management webinar Wednesday, March 1, 2023   The webinar is intended to share information on control of Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica, with researchers, land managers, and...

    By Steven Swain
    Author - Environmental Horticulture Advisor
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • UCCE Livestock & Range blog
    Rancher seminar :: Dec. 6, 2022 via Zoom

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR Please join the San Benito Weed Management for our 21st Annual Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers. Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Location: via Zoom Deadline to register: December 5,...

    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
  • Where do fall colors come from?

    Did you ever wonder why trees "turn" color in the fall? The short answer: It's primarily a function of long, cool fall nights and short, sunny days. The longer answer? Chlorophyll is responsible for the basic green color of leaves we see in spring and...

  • Figure 1. The herbicide, Loyant, was trialed on cattails in the Delta in 2022. We will continue these investigations next year.
    2022 Delta Rice Recap

    In 2022, I estimate rice acreage in the Delta, south of the Yolo Bypass, was at least 8,000 acres. Most Delta rice is grown in San Joaquin County, but there is some acreage in Sacramento County. While Delta rice acreage is relatively small compared to...

    By Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
    Author - Farm Advisor
    By Gale Perez
    Posted by - Program Representative
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    2022 weeds in review

    This year, I received a variety of questions from livestock owners in the region. All of the weeds I mention here were of concern to owners managing smaller (less than 20 ac) properties in Fresno and Madera Counties, impacting multiple kinds of livestock...

    By Rebecca Ozeran
    Author - Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor