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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

August 19, 2022


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2021 County Crop Report Released, Strawberries Remain on Top

The San Luis Obispo County Crop Report for 2021 has been released by the Ag Commissioner's office. 2021 Crop values recorded for San Luis Obispo County reached a record high of $1,081,952,000 (total gross value), an approximate 10% increase over 2020. This is the second time that agricultural values in the county have exceeded the billion-dollar mark. The overall market for agricultural goods was strong during 2021. Fruit and nut crops bolstered the overall county crop value with a

record year. Vegetable crops along with nursery products remained relatively stable while field crops and livestock producers experienced a decline in value.

Animal Industry

Ongoing drought conditions continue to impact the animal industry. Cattle were sold at lower weights due to the lack of natural forage and high cost of supplemental feed. Although prices were higher, the overall value of the Animal Industry decreased by 7.3% ending the year at $43.1 million. 45,253 head of cattle were sold in 2021, which is a 3.6% decrease from 2020.

Field Crops

The value of field crops decreased by 26% due to extremely dry conditions. Field crops are primarily dry farmed and dependent on annual rainfall rather than irrigation. With very little rainfall during the year, hundreds of acres of field crops were left unharvested. The value of field crops at year’s end was $14,889,000 or $5.3 million lower than 2020.

Fruit and Nut Crops

The fruit and nut category hit a record high of $713.9 million or 18.3% above 2020. Strawberries were the #1 crop with a value of $319.9 million. Wine grapes were the #2 crop with a value of $281.5 million. Strawberries and wine grapes make up over 55% of the total crop value in the county.  Avocados and lemons also ended the year substantially higher at $57.7 million and $18.6 million, respectively.

Nursery Products

The nursery industry remained relatively stable. Additional marketing opportunities have opened with decreased competition from foreign competitors. e industry is still challenged by labor shortages and rapidly changing product demands. The value of nursery products in 2021 was $76.5 million or 0.8% above 2020.

Vegetable Crops

Vegetable values were up slightly on the year with a total value of $233.5 million. Growers commented that favorable growing conditions contributed to good production and high-quality crops. Broccoli, cauliflower, and head lettuce represent the County’s highest value vegetable crops and remain within the overall top 10. Some vegetable producers experienced challenges including price instability and increasing input costs.

Source: Agricultural Commissioner: Overview of the 2021 Annual Agricultural Statistics for San Luis Obispo County

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce's Leadership SLO Class 31 Applications Open
  • County Government: More than 70 SLO County Offices are Up for Election. Here's Who's Running
  • State Government: CA Farm Bureau Legal Services Division Newsletter- August 2022
  • Federal Government: Inflation Reduction Act: When will inflation actually improve?
  • Business Member Spotlight: Paso Robles Chevrolet
  • USDA: USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications to Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Disasters
  • Ag Economics: Inflation Hitting Farm Families 
  • Featured Member Benefit: Dungarees
  • Environmental: Newsom's Climate Change Agenda Lacks Specifics
  • Produce: Central, South Coast Growers Using Southern California Farmers Markets to Try to Stay Profitable
  • Labor: Farm Employers Labor Service- August 14, 2022 News
  • Wildfire: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California's Blazes
  • Livestock: NCBA condemns flawed "Food Compass" study
  • Vineyard & Wine: J. Lohr honored among 'Top 100 Wineries' by Magazine
  • Water: Commentary: Investing in Water Projects Benefits all Californians

August 12 Most-Read

1.  San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau's 100th Anniversary Celebration- Tickets Now on Sale!

2. SLO Co. District 4 recount complete, no discrepancies found

3. ‘American Idol’ producers spent years building a vineyard. Now, they want to sell

4. San Luis Obispo County Certified Farmers' Markets 2022 Schedule

5. Paso basin continues decline as officials seek real-time well monitoring 

6. Agronometrics in Charts: Will the U.S. market retain the drop in Hass avocado pricing?

7.  Growth in the number of U.S. farmers markets slows in recent years

8.  Pioneer Day kick-off party slated for Sept. 24 

9.  A Los Padres National Forest fire-prevention proposal sparks a long-standing debate on wildfire management

10.  Decision day: Which bills did California lawmakers kill?

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Committee meeting;
  • Board members Paul Clark and Randy Diffenbaugh participated in the August 15 SLO County Agricultural Preservation Review Committee meeting;
  • Participated in a SLO Food System Coalition leadership meeting;
  • Spoke on current ag issues at a Grower Roundtable Discussion for the Independent Grape Growers Association of Paso Robles Area;
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am);
  • Met with Supervisor Debbie Arnold and County staff on the Paso Basin Planting Ordinance;
  • Spoke on air with Dave Congalton on KVEC 920AM 96.5 FM  (listen to the August 18 episode here); and
  • Did an interview with SLO New Times on the Paso Basin Planting Ordinance.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 23- SLO County Farm Bureau Board Meeting
  • August 23- Long Term Care Planning Seminar- Register here.
  • August 26 – Deadline to get your tickets or sponsor our 100th Anniversary and Centennial Celebration of SLO County Agriculture on September 10
  • September 1- Farm Bureau Extension: 2022 Continuing Education Series- Register here
  • September 10- San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau's 100th Anniversary and Centennial Celebration of SLO County Agriculture at Alex Madonna Inn Expo Center

Community:  San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce's Leadership SLO Class 31 Applications Open

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership SLO is now accepting applications for 2023's Class 31. Applicants will be selected from across the county.

We ask for your help identifying an exceptional individual in your life, your office, your warehouse, service organization, or church that you feel would utilize Leadership SLO to the fullest and push hard to reach their potential.

Learn more at LeadershipSLO.org/apply. September 5, 2022 is the deadline for applications.

  • September 5, 2022 – Deadline for Applications
  • September 9, 2022 – Group Interviews Scheduled
  • September 23–30, 2022 – Group Interviews Conducted
  • Mid October – Notification for Class 31 2022
  • December 9, 2022 – Tuition or Tuition Agreement Due

Annual Block Party Fundraiser | Redwings

Sep 18, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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County Government: More than 70 SLO County Offices are Up for Election. Here's Who's Running

August 23 SLO County Board of Supervisors Meeting

The meeting agenda can be found here. Additional Item Documents can be found here. The Board of Supervisors meetings will be available to view live online when the meeting starts at 9:00am.

Agenda items of interest to agriculture:

  • 16 - Request to appoint five members to the Water Resources Advisory Committee of the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. All Districts.

  • 29 - Overview of the 2021 Annual Agricultural Statistics for San Luis Obispo County. All Districts

More than 70 SLO County Offices are Up for Election. Here's Who's Running

Part 2 of the 2022 election season is right around the corner in San Luis Obispo County. In November, SLO County voters will have the opportunity to elect representatives for 35 different government agencies, for a total of more than 70 offices. Candidates had until Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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More than 45 SLO County races already settled - 3 months before Election Day

Nearly four dozen San Luis Obispo County races have already been decided - about three monthsbefore Election Day. For 46 local races, only one candidate applied to run for an open seat. A candidate immediately wins the office when they are the sole applicant for a position.

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Paso Robles city leaders seek community feedback on city's cannabis regulations

Paso Robles city leaders put out a survey to gather feedback about the city's cannabis regulations. "This is just really to find out where everyone's at," said City of Paso Robles Police Chief, Damian Nord. Medicinal marijuana was legalized in California years ago. Recreational use was legalized much more recently.

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State Government: CA Farm Bureau Legal Services Division Newsletter- August 2022

California Farm Bureau's Farm Bureau at Work - 

Legislative & Government Affairs Report from Sacramento

August 19 Highlights (Full Report Here)


  • This week, Farm Bureau submitted both comments and a letter to Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Sustainable Pest Management (SPM) Working Group on their discussion draft for implementing SPM in California. Along with our comments are the names of the over 1,200 Farm Bureau members who signed on to our Farm Team petition alert. Some highlights of our comments include that a 90% reduction goal of pesticides in California is infeasible, a 90% reduction in acute and chronic pesticide related human illnesses is unfounded and not based on data, and that creating a new licensing category for SPM for agricultural PCAs is unnecessary if all PCAs must be trained in SPM. 


  • The Governor provided draft legislation to the Legislature that would keep Diablo Canyon open beyond its planned 2025 closure date, although there are still significant logistical and political challenges ahead before that could happen. The closure details were provided for in a settlement among many parties that was the result of extensive negotiations. Getting the genie back in the bottle will require time and significant compliance with State and Federal mandates related to the operation of the plant. Although the draft legislation seen here provides a number of details as part of the extension, there are still many blanks to be filled in. Key to the legislation is a $1.4 billion forgivable loan that PG&E can utilize for its efforts to extend the operations. The parties have a short period of time to finalize this complex legislation prior to the end of session.   


  • SB-880 (John Laird, D-Santa Cruz) passed out of the Assembly and is on the Governor’s desk for his signature. The measure extends indefinitely the January 1, 2023 sunset of existing law authorizing those who divert 100 acre feet of water or more per year to be considered qualified to install and maintain their water diversion measurement devices if they take a course taught by the University of California Cooperative Extension, and pass a proficiency test. The measure is sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association and supported by the California Farm Bureau.
  • SB-1372 (Henry Stern, D-Santa Barbara) passed out of the Assembly and is on the Governor’s desk for his signature. The measure would not allow the approval of a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) by the Department of Water Resources to determine the allocation of groundwater pumping rights. Farm Bureau is in support. 

Assembly panel urged to keep farmers in California

By Kevin Hecteman It used to be that a California farmer couldn't just put the farm on a truck and hit the road for another state. Advances in plant science and crop protection may be changing that, which worries Jamie Johansson to no end.

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CA Farm Bureau Legal Services Division Newsletter- August 2022

Newsom wants state to loan PG&E $1.4 billion to relicense Diablo Canyon

The last-minute push to keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant running past 2025 just got its biggest shot in the arm yet. Draft state legislation introduced this month would loan PG&E up to $1.4 billion to help it relicense the nuclear plant for another five to 10 years of operation.

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There are a number of proposals in the California Legislature that will impact agriculture. Farm Bureau has been hard at work doing what it can, but your voice is needed. 



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Federal Government: Inflation Reduction Act: When will inflation actually improve?

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News- August 18

  • President Biden Signs the Inflation Reduction Act
  • HPAI Cases Confirmed in Sacramento County in Non-Commercial Backyard Flock
  • CAFB Signs Letter to APHIS on Spotted Lanternfly
  • California Awarded $1.7 million in RCPP Funding to Improve Pollinator Health

Opinion: Sri Lanka, a cautionary tale

Much of the coverage surrounding the Sri Lankan crisis explains the fall of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government in terms of runaway inflation, rolling blackouts and a debt default that created a financial catastrophe in a nation that had achieved upper-middle-income status just a few short years ago.

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Inflation Reduction Act: When will inflation actually improve?

WASHINGTON - With the Inflation Reduction Act now signed into law by President Biden earlier this week, you may be wondering when inflation will go down. Well, Americans may be waiting for a while. According to The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Wharton Budget Model, "The act would have no meaningful effect on inflation in the near term."

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Farm Bill Perspectives, Part 2: The (Food and) Farm Bill

While the farm bill is commonly thought of as a piece of agricultural legislation, the nutrition title of the bill is just as important and just as beneficial to farmers and ranchers. Micheal Clements shares more on why the nutrition title is vital to the legislation.

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Business Member Spotlight:

Paso Robles Chevrolet

The team at Paso Robles Chevrolet would like to welcome you to our dealership in Paso Robles, where we’re confident you’ll find the vehicles you’re looking for at a price you can afford. Come and check out our full selection of new Chevrolet vehicles, or get a great deal on a reliable pre-owned model. No matter which vehicle you decide on, our professional finance team will help you get settled with a competitive financing or lease plan.

When you’re looking for quality auto maintenance and repairs near Paso Robles, you can always count on the professional technicians in our Chevrolet service department as well, where we handle everything from oil changes and filter replacements to powertrain and drivetrain repairs. Schedule an appointment today, or purchase parts from us to handle maintenance and repairs on your own!

Lots of folks in Paso Robles count on the high-quality vehicles and services found at Paso Robles Chevrolet, and we look forward to living up to our reputation every day. Stop in and see us today, or contact our staff with any questions!


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USDA: USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications to Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Disasters

USDA to Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications to Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Disasters

Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses.

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USDA unveils nutrient management initiative

The USDA will direct additional funds toward voluntary nutrient management projects on the farm and streamline the process of applying for funding, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday. Vilsack said nutrient management would "help farmers address local resource concerns and global food security issues while also improving their bottom line."

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Ag Economics: Inflation Hitting Farm Families 

Plan for inland port in the middle of California's Mojave Desert gains traction

A private investment firm aims to break ground on an inland port in the middle of California's Mojave Desert by 2023 after local officials greenlit the project last week. The Kern County Board of Supervisors granted zoning approval to Texas-based Pioneer Partners to build the proposed Mojave Inland Port 90 miles outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to a release.

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Time-Series Methods for Forecasting and Modeling Uncertainty in the Food Price Outlook

The USDA, Economic Research Service's Food Price Outlook (FPO) provides monthly forecasts of annual food price percent changes up to 18 months in advance. The forecasts add value to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer and Producer Price Indexes (CPI, PPI) by giving farmers, wholesalers, retailers, institutional buyers, consumers, and policymakers a uniform set of predictions about food prices.

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A New Jailbreak for John Deere Tractors Rides the Right-to-Repair Wave

Facing mounting pressure, John Deere announced in March that it would make more of its repair software available to equipment owners. The company also said at the time that it will release an "enhanced customer solution" next year so customers and mechanics can download and apply official software updates for Deere equipment themselves, rather than having John Deere unilaterally apply the patches remotely or force farmers to bring products to authorized dealerships.

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Inflation Hitting Farm Families - AgNet West

Inflation is 'front and center' for agriculture and other sectors as Washington lawmakers fight over ways to control it ahead of the November midterm elections. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says farm families are facing tough pocketbook issues at the Iowa State and county fairs this year.

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Environmental: Newsom's Climate Change Agenda Lacks Specifics

Newsom's Climate Change Agenda Lacks Specifics

With the Legislature just days away from adjourning its 2022 session, Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a series of decrees and demands that, he says, will set California on a righteous path of dealing with climate change.

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California Oak Symposium set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Luis Obispo

PUBLISHED ON SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The 8th California Oak Symposium will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Luis Obispo, and anyone involved in research, education, management or conservation of California's oak woodlands is invited to participate. The theme of the symposium is "Sustaining California Oak Woodlands Under Current and Future Conditions."

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Produce: Central, South Coast Growers Using Southern California Farmers Markets to Try to Stay Profitable

Nominations Being Accepted for 2022 CAC General Election

The California Avocado Commission is currently accepting nominations for the CAC Board of Directors. The nomination period for the 2022 General Election will end August 26, 2022.

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Central, South Coast growers using Southern California farmers markets to try to stay profitable

It's a busy day at a farmers market. As you look around, you see booths selling produce from places like Nipomo, Lompoc, Santa Maria and Goleta. But, this farmer's market isn't in Carpinteria, or Santa Barbara. It's in Studio City. Many Central and South Coast farmers have been bringing their produce to LA farmer's markets for years.

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Tomatoes - and tomato-based products - are under threat due to drought

Ketchup, salsa, pizza sauce, marinara and more: Consumers may be seeing the price of these favorite staples change for the worse due to the availability of their main ingredient. This month, tomato farmers are finding their yields in danger as California faces its worst drought in over a millennium.

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Labor: Farm Employers Labor Service- August 14, 2022 News

California farmworkers march to urge Newsom to sign voting rights bill: 'We deserve this law'

Lourdes Cardenas has worked the fields in the San Joaquin Valley for more than 20 years. "I've worked in all the crops - grapes, cherries, peaches, nectarines. I'm marching because I want representation and to be respected," she said. The respect she and other farmworkers seek is not only from their employers, but also from Gov.

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Gallery: United Farm Workers march to California capitol for unionization

Editor's note: John Tipton, who worked previously at the Porterville Recorder, where the Bloomingtonian's Jeremy Hogan started as a freelance visual journalist in 1988 offered these images to Bloomingtonian readers last weekend.

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Rodent Control Continuing Education Course- Online- September 1

English Session: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Topic: Rodent Control

Speaker: Melanie Pellegrino, PCA, Inspector, Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's Office 

.5 hr Other & .5 hr Laws & Regs

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Farm Employers Labor Service- August 14, 2022 News

New CDC Guidance Confuses Workplace Exposure Practices: New Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance released on August 11 adds to confusion employers might be feeling about what to do when employees experience COVID-19 exposures. Among other changes, CDC is now recommending that exposed people wear a mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5 in lieu of isolation, and suggesting that exposed people "consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance." Employers should understand that CDC's guidance does not change obligations imposed by the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), at least until the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues revised guidance, which is incorporated by reference into the ETS per an Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom in 2020. Watch for future updates on CDPH guidance on COVID-19 exposure that could impact employers' implementation of the ETS. 

Upcoming FELS Webinars & Trainings

(In-person training): Mandatory Produce Safety Training: The Food Safety Training Partnership, a cooperative effort of California Farm Bureau, Farm Employers Labor Service, and the Safe Food Alliance, is offering produce safety training required by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Trainings will be offered in-person in Modesto. The $35 training fee is substantially supported by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. 

  • September 7, 15, and 21 at California Farm Bureau, 2600 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento
  • December 3 and 4, California Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Conference and California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Monterey 
  • You can find registration and more information at the Food Safety Training Partnership website. 

August 26, 2022, 10 AM (webinar): Arbitration Agreements for California Ag Employers: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?: California policymakers keep trying to narrow employers’ use of arbitration agreements that require employees to arbitrate disputes over employment-related matters. Federal courts, including in the recent Viking River Cruises case, push back by asserting federal preemption. Employers and their counsel push arbitration rather than resort to California’s crowded and expensive litigation system where the deck is already stacked against employers by the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), liberal and sometimes hostile judges, and unsympathetic juries. How will an arbitration policy help you as an employer in California? How big a victory was Viking River Cruises, and how will the union- and employee-friendly California Legislature respond? Catherine Houlihan of FELS Group Legal Services plan partner firm Barsamian & Moody will fill you in. 

You can find more information about this important webinar at Webinars by Farm Employers Labor Service.

Wildfire: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California's Blazes

A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California's Blazes

The app launched in August 2021, at the height of the 2021 fire season, which in California typically falls between June and October. At launch, the app covered only California's Sonoma county. On June 1, 2022, Watch Duty expanded its reach to cover all of California.

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Inflation makes recovery from California fires and other disasters more difficult

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - In remote northern California, only a few miles from the Oregon border as the crow flies, a troubling but all too familiar scene is unfolding. Another deadly wildfire has upended the lives of people who lived here because they liked the woods ...

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Livestock: NCBA condemns flawed "Food Compass" study

NCBA condemns flawed "Food Compass" study

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has condemned the flawed "Food Compass" study funded, in part, by fake meat promoter Bill Gates. "The idea that M&M's, potato chips and cereal are somehow healthier than natural beef ignores scientific evidence and frankly doesn't measure up to logic.

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Ban on wild cow milking - plus spurs and bucking straps - could threaten Alameda County's rodeos

CASTRO VALLEY - Separated from her offspring, a terrified mother cow darts into an arena chased by a rodeo cowboy on horseback - a pursuit that continues until the heifer is lassoed and a second cowboy tackles and slams the animal into the dirt.

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More birds with avian flu found in Northern California - one county declares health emergency

More avian flu outbreaks have been reported in Northern California, including a backyard flock of chickens in Sacramento County and a large outbreak among 1,500 privately-owned birds in Butte County. The Butte County discovery prompted a declaration of a "local health emergency" Wednesday.

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Vineyard & Wine: J. Lohr honored among 'Top 100 Wineries' by Magazine

J. Lohr honored among 'Top 100 Wineries' by magazine

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines announced this week that it has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2022 by Wine & Spirits Magazine. This year marks the eighteenth year that Wine & Spirits has celebrated the world's best wineries with a top-100 list that spans a who's who of the greatest wineries around the globe.

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Sustainability in Action - McIntyre Vineyards

A one-hour event for hospitality and sales staff of local SIP Certified properties to learn about the program and experience sustainable winegrowing practices in action with a property tour. 30-minute indoor presentation by SIP Certified covering: The 3 P's: People, Planet, and Prosperity Consumers want sustainable products!

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Harvest Hoedown

September 24, 2022

Get on your dancing boots and come celebrate the harvest!

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Water: Commentary: Investing in Water Projects Benefits all Californians

Commentary: Investing in water projects benefits all Californians

By Robert Rivas Robert Rivas We need to be honest with ourselves: Extreme heat and drought are not going to disappear any time soon. And while I believe we should be doing everything possible to slow and reverse climate change, I also believe the state needs to better implement resiliency measures to ensure our residents, agriculture and economy overall continue to thrive.

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Progress on Prop 1 Funded California Water Projects - California Ag Network

California is in the midst of a serious drought, which is taking a major toll on our local agricultural industries. The Water Quality, Supply & Infrastructure Improvement Act (Prop 1) passed back in 2014, yet no construction of any of the funded projects has commenced.

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Arroyo Grande Subbasin GSP Public Draft Available for Review

Arroyo Grande Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Public Draft Now Available for Review and Public Comment The complete Arroyo Grande Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Public Draft has been posted online and is available for review. The public comment period for the GSP Public Draft is now open and will close on September 18, 2022.

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San Luis Obispo passes new water use restrictions

The San Luis Obispo City Council passed new water restrictions at its meeting Tuesday night. City leaders say that SLO has plenty of water for the foreseeable future, but they are being required by the state to adopt stage two drought restrictions. "For us, we're in a much better position than a lot of places in California.

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Third AFBF Survey Reveals Stark Reality of Western Drought

Persistent drought continues to hammer farmers and ranchers in Western, Central and Southern Plains states, with far-reaching implications for not only farmers' and ranchers' bottom lines, but also food availability and affordability. The third edition of AFBF's Assessing ....

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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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