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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

April 3, 2023


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Advocating for Agriculture: SLO County Farm Bureau Meets with State Officials at Capitol Ag Day

This week, members from all over the state joined together in Sacramento for California Farm Bureau’s Capitol Ag Day Conference. The event combined Commodity Caucus meetings and visits to the Capitol to meet with state officials.

With over 2,700 bills introduced in the state legislature this year, conversations with elected officials covered everything from water infrastructure permitting (SB 23) and storm disaster impacts to improving access to property insurance (SB 505) and removing barriers for aerial pesticide applicators to use drones (AB 1016). SLO County Farm Bureau met with staff from the offices of Senator John Laird and Assemblymember Dawn Addis, and 37th District Assemblymember Gregg Hart, whose district includes Oceano.

Caucus meetings represent the first step of Farm Bureau's grassroots policy development process. Thank you to SLO County Farm Bureau member Daryn Miller (pictured at right with Executive Director Brent Burchett) for participating in Capitol Ag Day Conference. Participants heard from elected officials and regulatory agency leaders including California State Water Board Vice Chair Dorene D'Adamo and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis (pictured above with California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson).

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Coastal RCD is Seeking Qualified Candidate for Executive Director Position
  • Local Government: Supervisors to Consider New ‘Ag Pass’ Emergency Access Program Tomorrow, April 4 
  • California Farm Bureau News: Farm Bureau: Ground EU policies in science before importing to California
  • State Government: Winter Storms and Flood Impacts Are Topic of April 4th Meeting
  • Federal Government: Survey Shows Strong Public Support for Farm Bill Passage
  • Business Member Spotlight: Crop Insurance Services by AMS
  • USDA: House Spending Leader Says USDA's Wings Should Be Clipped
  • Environmental: Study Offers Insights on Nitrate Contamination
  • Featured Member Benefit: Farm Bureau Prescription Discount Card
  • Avocado/Orchard: The Retail Data You Need On Hass Avocados
  • Labor: AEWR Methodology Change a Blow to Growers
  • Wildfire: California lawmakers join US Forest Service in Battle to Continue the Use of Aerial Fire Retardant
  • Livestock: Santa Barbara's State Senator Introduces Bill to Expand Prescribed Grazing
  • Vineyard & Wine: Paso Robles Spring Wine Walk- April 8
  • Water: DWR Webinar Recap – Executive Order: N-4-23 Flood Water Capture for Recharge

March 27 Most-Read

1. Commentary: Here's why farm water use reports are exaggerated

2. Settlement reached in court challenge of county supervisorial district map

3. SLO County to enroll in Central Coast Community Energy

4. SLO County Administrative Officer Wade Horton resigns

5. Lake Lopez Reservoir spills over

6. Opinion: Why California will still have a water shortage no matter how much it rains this year

7. Western water crisis solutions inevitably end with a lot less for California farms

8.California strawberry growers assess flood damage

9. City of Paso Robles receives $9.73M grant to build recycled water infrastructure

10. Governer Newsom's March 3 Executive Order- Cutting Back Some Water Regulations

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Met with staff from the offices of Senator John Laird and Assemblymember Dawn Addis, and 37th District Assemblymember Gregg Hart (district includes Oceano) in Sacramento as part of California Farm Bureau’s Capitol Ag Day; 
  • Gave our weekly update on 98.1 KJUG’s Tom & Becky Show (Thursdays around 9:10am); 
  • Attended the SLO County Coalition for Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) annual meeting; 
  • Attended the South County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting; 
  • Participated in a meeting with federal and state officials and agriculture organizations regarding storm damages to Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties;  
  • Assisted a member with locating top soil to repair their avocado grove that was damaged by March storms;
  • Accepted an award at the California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors Annual Celebration for SLO County Farm Bureau’s Top 10 Commodities exhibit at the 2022 fair;
  • Assisted a member applying for disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration; and 
  • Met with growers to get feedback on upcoming work by SLO County to develop an “Accepted Customs & Standards” document for wind machines in response to noise complaints (Note: a draft of this document will be developed by the SLO County Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board starting tonight at their meeting, find the agenda here).

Calendar- Upcoming Events & Deadlines:

  • April 3 - SLO County Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board meeting at 5pm at Farm Bureau
  • April 14 - Deadline to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency's Emergency Conservation Program
  • April 21 - Adelaida Farm Center Meeting at 6PM; Adelaida School House (9001 Chimney Rock Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446)
  • April 25 - SLO County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting at 5pm (all members welcome)
  • April 27 - Picking the Right Pesticide for the Job - Continuing Education class online: 1 Hour L/R or Other DPR & 1 Hour CCA (Register here)
  • April 29 - SLO County Young Farmer & Ranchers Kickball Tournament (signup here)
  • September 18 - Deadline to apply for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Loan Program

Community: Coastal RCD is Seeking Qualified Candidate for Executive Director Position

FSA is Hiring a Full-Time Temporary Program Technician in Templeton Office

The San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Templeton is hiring a full time Temporary Program Technician. A great opportunity for someone who has a passion to help their local farmers and ranchers!

Applications can be found here. Please include resume with your application Contact

Christopher Rosedale at 805-424-7377 ext. 2 if you have specific questions regarding the position.

Coastal RCD is Seeking Qualified Candidate for Executive Director Position

Do you have a passion for natural resources management, agriculture, and the environment? The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District is seeking a qualified candidate for its Executive Director position and new members for its Board of Directors.

Anyone wishing to learn more about these current opportunities, and the RCD’s current projects, click the link in our bio, or call the RCD office at (805) 772-4391.

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Local Government: Supervisors to Consider New ‘Ag Pass’ Emergency Access Program Tomorrow, April 4 

Supervisors to Consider New ‘Ag Pass’ Emergency Access Program Tomorrow, April 4 

SLO County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow, April 4 at 9am. Watch the meeting here and review the agenda here.  Items of interest to agriculture include: 

  • Item 6 - Consideration and introduction of three ordinances each of which repeal the Supervisorial District boundaries established by Ordinance No. 3467 which was adopted at the end of the County’s 2021 redistricting process and each of which propose new boundaries based on three previously considered maps commonly referred to as Map A, Map B, and the Chamber Map. Hearing date set for April 18, 2023. All Districts. 
  • Item 10 - Request to consider the adoption of a resolution to establish an Agricultural/Livestock Pass (AG Pass) Program, in accordance with applicable law and the authorizing resolution of the Board of Supervisors, for the purpose of issuing identification documents granting qualifying agricultural and livestock producers and managerial employees, at the discretion of emergency personnel, access to the qualifying agricultural and livestock producer’s farm and ranch property during or following a natural disaster. Exempt from CEQA. All districts. (Read background documents on the Ag Pass Program here)
  • Item 13 - Request to reappoint Tom Ikeda as the District 3 representative to the Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board. All Districts. 

SLO County Settles Redistricting Lawsuit, Will Replace Patten Map

The community battle over San Luis Obispo County's redistricting might finally be reaching a truce. After more than a year in court, SLO County and two citizen groups announced a settlement agreement on March 24 that sets the stage for the county to repeal and replace its disputed Patten map, which made dramatic changes to the county's supervisorial district boundaries.

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SLO County agrees to settlement over district map following court challenge | News Channel 3-12

The County of San Luis Obispo's Board of Supervisors has agreed to a settlement with a group of plaintiffs that had challenged the legal compliance of supervisorial district maps adopted in December of 2021 and used in the Board's elections in 2022.

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California Farm Bureau News: Farm Bureau: Ground EU policies in science before importing to California

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Farm Bureau: Ground EU policies in science before importing to California

From Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., Article and Photo by Brad Hooker

The California Farm Bureau is filling a gap in state policymaking. It has launched a research arm to analyze the potential economic impacts of policies that originate in the European Union and will likely come to California. With new studies in hand, its members are visiting lawmakers this week to deliver the findings on organic agriculture, water use and pesticide bans—as a wave of new bills impacting agriculture floods the Capitol.

“The stuff we see a lot in regulatory agencies is theoretical science. It comes right out of the think tank, right out of the lab and goes straight into regulations,” said Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau, during its annual Capitol Ag Conference on Tuesday. “We farm based on consumer demand and markets, and then we use the science we have. We don't know how to farm for a political agenda.”

According to Johansson, the Department of Pesticide Regulation was recently considering concepts for overhauling pesticide use in the state and one idea was to convert 70% of agriculture to organic. The farm bureau pushed back, but later the Air Resources Board (CARB) floated the idea of converting 30% to organic. The farm bureau then partnered with Californians for Smart Pesticide Policy, a coalition of pesticide manufacturers, to fund a new research and science foundation directed by a former CDFA science advisor.

In November Amrith Gunasekara published a study examining the impacts of the proposal, just a week after CARB adopted an update to its Climate Scoping Plan that called for converting 20% of agriculture to organic—doubling the current acreage. At the conference, Gunasekara said it was the first time since he began working in government 14 years ago that the state set an organic target. His study projected that both organic and conventional markets would crash and food prices would skyrocket.

Gunasekara explained how the EU relies on the precautionary principle, prohibiting products when the potential for environmental or human health impacts are uncertain.

“You don't have to have data to develop a policy,” he said. “You can develop it based on beliefs.”

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State Government: Winter Storms and Flood Impacts Are Topic of April 4th Meeting

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March 31, 2022


Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that the California FAIR Plan Association has agreed to more than double its existing commercial coverage limits to $20 million for businesses unable to find coverage in the normal insurance marketplace. The FAIR Plan is an association comprised of all insurers authorized to transact basic property insurance in California, and designed to be the state’s property “insurer of last resort,” writing coverage for businesses and residences when other insurance options are not available.

Commissioner Lara and the FAIR Plan have been working on this issue since the Commissioner’s investigatory hearing into the FAIR Plan last July where Jim Houston, California Farm Bureau’s Chief Administrative Officer provided testimony with other businesses about the growing need for greater commercial coverage limits. Prior to Commissioner Lara taking office in 2019, the FAIR Plan’s commercial limits had not been adjusted in more than two decades to keep pace with increasing property values and coverage needs.

The new limits for the combined coverage under the FAIR Plan Division I Commercial Property Program, increase from $8.4 million to $20 million per location and, under its Division II Businessowners Program, from $7.2 million to $20 million per location.

State legislators investigated Commissioner Lara’s call for an increased commercial coverage limit at the FAIR Plan with both the Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees conducting hearings. Napa County Farm Bureau President Peter Nissen testified at the Senate Insurance Committee hearing, noting that the existing limits in the FAIR Plan leave many Farm Bureau members with significant risk exposure.

The new coverage limits will take effect after the FAIR Plan submits a new rule filing for approval by the Department of Insurance. The FAIR Plan has 60 days to submit a rule filing to the Department, with the goal of the Department approving these coverage limit increases, meaning coverage could be available in the fourth quarter.

Gov. Newsom Eases Drought Restrictions * Paso Robles Press

CALIFORNIA - On Friday, March 24, Gov. Gavin Newsom met farmers in Yolo County to announce his move to ease drought restrictions. Newsom rolled back some drought emergency provisions that are no longer needed due to current water conditions, while maintaining other measures that support regions and communities still facing water supply challenges, and that continue building up long-term water resilience.

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Winter Storms and Flood Impacts Are Topic of April 4th Meeting

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO - The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss current flooding impacts to local communities and available USDA disaster assistance programs at its upcoming meeting on April 4th. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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California State Board of Food and Agriculture to Discuss Winter Storms and Flood Impacts at Upcoming Meeting on April 4th

Meeting will include an overview of USDA Disaster Assistance Programs


SACRAMENTO, March 30, 2023 – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss current flooding impacts to local communities and available USDA disaster assistance programs at its upcoming meeting on April 4th.  

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA, 95814. 

The meeting is also available via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84015196235 

Webinar ID: 840 1519 6235

Passcode: Board2023!

(Phone Access Passcode: 4815231070)


(Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available via the Zoom application) 

“Recent regional flooding has significantly impacted local communities as well as California’s farmers, ranchers and farmworkers,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Federal and state resources are available to assist. Advanced planning is critical as near record levels of Sierra snowpack will soon begin Spring run-off, increasing the likelihood of further flood impacts in the coming months.”

 Invited speakers include: Blong Xiong and Navdeep Dhillon, USDA Farm Service Agency; Jeff Yasui, USDA Risk Management Agency; Tricia Stever Blatter, Tulare County Farm Bureau, Juan Hidalgo, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner; Supervisor Tod Kimmelshue, Butte County; Hernan Hernandez, California Farmworker Foundation and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and flood protection agencies.

 “Flooding once again underscores the ongoing challenges we have within our water infrastructure,” said President Don Cameron, California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “To meet these challenges requires close coordination among federal, state and local agencies. The Governor’s recent executive orders on floodwater recharge and water resilience, combined with California’s long-term water supply strategy, are providing critical steps forward and demonstrating leadership on the complex local and regional water challenges we are experiencing.”  

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the governor and CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The Board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials; agricultural representatives; and citizens to discuss current issues and concerns to California agriculture.

Federal Government: Survey Shows Strong Public Support for Farm Bill Passage

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March 31, 2023

  • Senate Votes to Overturn WOTUS Rule
  • AEWR Changes Now in Effect, AFBF Publishes Market Intel Piece on Impacts
  • USDA Secretary Sees Busy Week of Hearings on the Hill
  • CAFB Hosts Capitol Ag Conference
  • USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Floods

Survey Shows Strong Public Support for Farm Bill Passage

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - Almost three-quarters of Americans say that not reauthorizing the farm bill in 2023 would have a significant impact on the country, according to a new poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The survey explores the public's awareness of the farm bill, its impact, and priorities for funding in the legislation.

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Inflation and the Banks

Last week, two banks were in the process of collapsing, and state and federal regulators took them over. On Sunday, the Federal Reserve Bank announced more liberal lending to all banks to help them weather the decline in the prices of bonds they hold as bank reserves.

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USDA: House Spending Leader Says USDA's Wings Should Be Clipped

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $1 Billion to Help Farmers, Ranchers and Rural Businesses Invest in Renewable Energy Systems and Energy-Efficiency Improvements

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2023 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications starting on April 1 for $1 billion in grants to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses invest in renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements.

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House Spending Leader Says USDA's Wings Should Be Clipped

The Biden administration cannot be trusted to spend tax dollars prudently, and Congress ought to block the USDA's access to the $30 billion reserve fund it used to launch a climate mitigation initiative, said the chair of a House Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday.

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Environmental: Study Offers Insights on Nitrate Contamination

Study Offers Insights on Nitrate Contamination

With California enduring record-breaking rain and snow and Gov. Gavin Newsom recently easing restrictions on groundwater recharge, interest in "managed aquifer recharge" has never been higher. This process - by which floodwater is routed to sites such as farm fields so that it percolates into the aquifer - holds great promise as a tool to replenish depleted groundwater stores across the state.

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Avocado/Orchard: The Retail Data You Need On Hass Avocados

Ample citrus volume available at Bee Sweet Citrus

As California's domestic citrus season reaches its peak, Fowler, Calif.-based Bee Sweet Citrus will have ample supply of grapefruit, lemons and navel oranges. "Harvest of our D3 (desert region) grapefruit will be wrapping up soon, and we'll begin to move into the Central Valley (D1) once that's done," Bee Sweet Citrus Director of Harvesting and Grower Relations Randy Stucky said in a news release.

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Lemons continue to gain in per capita consumption, with imports now playing a bigger role

Fresh lemon per capita consumption has increased substantially in the past decade, USDA statistics reveal. According to the agency, retail per capita availability of lemons jumped from 3.3 pounds in 2011 to 4.7 pounds in 2020, a gain of 42% during that time.

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The Retail Data You Need On Hass Avocados

We know avocados are popular these days. But you need to know more details for your ordering needs, marketing plans and general strategy. Like, what kind of are we talking about here? What size, what packaging and what about conventional versus organic? And how does this year (so far) compare to last year?

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Labor: AEWR Methodology Change a Blow to Growers

Workers call for safety net benefits for undocumented Californians. 'It's a human right'

Since last fall, Central Valley agricultural workers have had less work due to prolonged rain storms and the resulting flooding. But undocumented immigrants are ineligible for unemployment insurance, disaster relief and many other safety net services.

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AEWR Methodology Change a Blow to Growers

Here is the recipe that the U.S. Department of Labor used to create the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) Methodology for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in Non-Range Occupations in the United States final rule. Step one: Copy the proposed rule of the same name released on Dec. 1, 2021.

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DOL to Host Webinar on New H-2A Wage Rule - Western Growers Association

The Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification invites interested stakeholders to participate in a webinar that provides an overview of the new Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) Rule and gives the stakeholder community an opportunity to familiarize itself with the regulatory changes.

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Wildfire: California lawmakers join US Forest Service in Battle to Continue the Use of Aerial Fire Retardant

California lawmakers join US Forest Service in Battle to Continue the Use of Aerial Fire Retardant

(KTXL) - A lawsuit filed by Forest Service Employees For Environmental Ethics (FSEEE) is seeking to see the United States Forest Service end the use of aerial firefighting retardants claiming it is not in line with the Clean Water Act.

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Aerial fire retardant drops are attacked as ineffective and environmentally harmful

For most Californians, the sight of aircraft spewing neon pink liquid over flaming trees and brush has become a hallmark of aggressive wildfire suppression campaigns - if not a potent symbol of government's struggle to control increasingly destructive forest fires.

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Livestock: Santa Barbara's State Senator Introduces Bill to Expand Prescribed Grazing

Santa Barbara's State Senator Introduces Bill to Expand Prescribed Grazing - The Santa Barbara Independent

Environment Monique Limón's Senate Bill 675 Would Integrate Livestock Grazing into California's Existing Wildfire Prevention Programs Santa Barbara is no stranger to prescribed wildfire prevention. For years, the county has used prescribed burning and chipping to clear away the fine, dry brush that acts as fuel for wildfires.

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Chicken Flocks Are Being Rebuilt, Which Is Good News For Egg Prices - The Daily Meal

Aboutnuylove/Getty Images When the avian flu crisis hit the poultry flocks, both farmers and consumers felt the impact. According to the BBC, bird flu can see annual spikes in the autumn yet decreases in spring and summer.

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Vineyard & Wine: Paso Robles Spring Wine Walk- April 8

Paso Robles Spring Wine Walk- April 8

Taste the diversity of the Downtown Paso Robles Wine District. 16 wineries pouring 11 Paso Robles AVAs with gourmet food pairings. Register here.

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Neighborhood Vine Mealy Bug Management

Vine mealybug occurs in all major California production areas. In California, the vine mealybug feeds predominantly on grapevines and is a damaging pest capable of rapidly transmitting grape leafroll viruses. This pest does not respect the borders of vineyards and will cross over to other vineyards, bringing viruses with them.

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Water: DWR Webinar Recap – Executive Order: N-4-23 Flood Water Capture for Recharge

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DWR Webinar Recap – Executive Order: N-4-23 Flood Water Capture for Recharge

On March 23, 2023, DWR, in coordination with the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, hosted a webinar on Executive Order N-4-23 related to flood water capture and groundwater recharge. Participants heard opening remarks from the hosting agencies, a presentation detailing the requirements of the Executive Order, and were able to participate in a question-and-answer period with agency representatives.

The Executive Order N-4-23 webinar materials can be found here:

Background: On March 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-4-23, which set forth the conditions under which water users may capture and divert floodwater for groundwater recharge – temporarily lifting regulations and setting clear conditions for diverting flood stage water without state permits to boost groundwater recharge storage. The Executive Order suspends certain regulatory requirements under conditions of imminent risk of flooding during this Spring’s runoff months until June 1, 2023.

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San Luis Obispo County Archives | News Channel 3-12

San Luis Obispo County Fire and CAL FIRE will be conducting live structure fire training on Division Street in Nipomo the weeks of Apr. 3 and Apr....

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WRAC Meeting - April 5, 2023

Hi WRAC and Water Resources Stakeholders, The next WRAC meeting will be at 1:30pm on Wednesday, 4/5/2023 and will be held in-person at the SLO City/County Library Community Room. A Zoom livestream will also be available for the public and those who are unable to attend in-person.

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Tulare Lake Was Drained Off the Map. Nature Would Like a Word.

A barrage of storms has resurrected what was once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi River, setting the stage for a disaster this spring. Roads and farms are being flooded outside Corcoran, Calif., where the vast Tulare Lake once existed. Credit...

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Drought or no drought? California left pondering after record winter deluge

Just a few months ago, millions in California were living under mandatory water conservation rules. The driest three years on record had transformed the state, depleted reservoirs and desiccated landscapes. Then came a deluge. A dozen atmospheric river storms and several "bomb cyclones" have broken levees and buried mountain communities in snow, but they have also delivered a boon.

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California's vast farms are soaked. There's nowhere to plant tomatoes, and that's just one problem.

SAN FRANCISCO - California and its plentiful farm fields are soaking wet. Asparagus farmers can't get into fields to harvest the tender green stalks. Tomato growers have greenhouses bursting with seedlings but it's too wet to transplant them. The planting timeline for lettuce keeps getting moved as fields stay drenched.

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Farm Bureau Membership Matters

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We cannot support your freedom to farm and ranch without your membership.

Join SLO County Farm Bureau now or renew your membership online. Go to slofarmbureau.org to join, or download the membership form PDF.

Have your renewal notice available to speed up the process; you will need to enter your membership number, name and ZIP code. Renewal dues may be paid online or over the phone by credit card.

We're here to help! Call us if you need us to lookup your member number or we can process your membership for you, at 805-543-3654.

All California county Farm Bureau memberships are processed through the California Farm Bureau Federation, but please reach out to our SLO County office if you need your membership number or have questions.

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