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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

August 26, 2022


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 2022 Grape Harvest is Officially Underway

Many vineyards within San Luis Obispo County have started grape harvest for the 2022 season. This year's harvest comes slightly earlier than pasts few years. This is most likely attributed to the prolonged hot, dry weather brought on by the drought conditions that ripens the grapes earlier. There will also most likely be lower yields due to the impacted grape development. 

The harvest process takes an estimated two months for completion as different grape varieties will reach desired ripeness levels at different times leading to numerous pickings done by harvest crews. Wineries will sample the grapes to ensure that they have reached the desired Brix level, a measurement of sugar within the grapes, before harvesting. The harvest crews often operate at night or early morning to prevent both the workers and the grapes from overheating. Once picked, the grapes are delivered to wineries, they are then further processed depending on the variety and winemaking style.

According to the 2021 Crop Report, there are 46,507 acres of wine grapes planted producing a total gross value of $281,517,000. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most abundant varietal planted within the county and contributed $132,099,000 to the total gross value.

We wish everyone a safe and fruitful harvest!

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Adelaida Farm Center Meeting- September 16
  • County Government: SLO County's Proposed Paso Basin Ordinance Draws Backlash from Agriculture
  • State Government: California Approves Ban of New Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035
  • Federal Government: CA Senate Bill Would Ban Foreign Governments From Buying Agricultural Land
  • Business Member Spotlight: Hotel Buena Vista
  • USDA: USDA to Invest up to $300M in New Organic Transition Initiative
  • Ag Economics: Droughts Hurt World's Largest Economies
  • Featured Member Benefit: New American Workforce
  • Environmental: Appeals Court Rules AFBF Can Appeal Gray Wolf Delisting
  • Produce: 'Belle of the ball' - How the Popular California Avocado Goes from Farm to You
  • Labor: Gavin Newsom 'Cannot Support' UFW-Backed Farmworker Union Bill, Calls for Negotiation
  • Wildfire: County Supervisors Approve $25-million Dispatch Center
  • Vineyard & Wine: California Winemakers are Using A.I. to Combat Climate Change Challenges
  • Water: 2 SLO County Water Projects Get More than $23 Million Total from Biden Administration

August 19 Most-Read

1.   Plan for Inland Port in the Middle of California's Mojave Desert Gains Traction

2. 2021 SLO County Crop Report

3. Leadership SLO Class 31 Applications Due September 5th

4. Redwings Horse Sanctuary Annual Block Fundraiser- September 18

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

6. J. Lohr Honored Among ‘Top 100 Wineries’ by Magazine

7.  A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes

8.  August 2022 CAFB Legal Services Division 

9.  Central, South Coast Growers Using Southern California Farmers Markets to Try to Stay Profitable

10.  More than 70 SLO County offices are up for election. Here's who's running

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting;
  • Made comments during a Farm Bill Listening Session held by members of California's Congressional Delegation;
  • Spoke on the history of SLO County Farm Bureau at the SLO Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning SLO; and
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am).

Upcoming Events:

  • 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
  • September 16- Adelaida Farm Center Meeting 
  • October 8- Pioneer Day Parade
  • October 11- Great AGventure-in Paso Robles
  • October 20- Ag Awareness Dinner at Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana in Pismo Beach

Community: Adelaida Farm Center Meeting- September 16

Adelaida Farm Center Meeting- September 16

Last call on tickets and sponsorships! We've sold 400 tickets as of today, and want to make sure we save a seat for you! Please call our office at 805-543-3654 or visit slofarmbureau.org to get your $100 tickets. The final number of seats has to be turned in to Madonna Inn staff by September 5.

This is a chance to be reminded of the deep-rooted history of agriculture within the county while enjoying dinner, refreshments, and dancing. This year's Farm Bureau Freddy, Heritage Award, and Business of the Year awards will be announced during the program alongside brief Annual Meeting business.

The evening's tentative schedule of events is as follows:

5:00 p.m. Social Hour

6:00 p.m. Invocation and Dinner

6:30 p.m. Program and Awards

7:00 p.m. Live Music from The Money Band and Dancing

10:00 p.m. Event Ends

We are excited to be sharing this momentous occasion with our members, supporters, and the San Luis Obispo County community! Here's the details:

  • Tickets are $100 per person (plus credit card fee). Get your tickets here.
  • Kids 12 and under are free, but please contact Farm Bureau if kids meals are needed.
  • For special dietary needs, please contact SLO County Farm Bureau.
  • Semi-casual attire.
  • Drinks provided during Social Hour, no-host bar after.

About the band: Guests will be entertained by Carmel-based The Money Band, a high-energy, versatile, and extremely entertaining band, specializing in performing electrifying renditions of top #1 hits from the 50's to the present. The Money Band has shared the stage with many major acts including Journey, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Byrds, Smash Mouth and many more. They have performed all over the world, and have been a crowd favorite at local wine industry and other SLO County events in recent years.

VIDEO----SLO County Farm Bureau on Instagram: "Help us celebrate 100 years of San Luis Obispo County agriculture at the Farm Bureau's Centennial Celebration on September 10th at the Alex Madonna Expo Center! Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and dancing as we honor our community's rich local agriculture heritage. All are welcome! Tickets are $100 and kids under 12 are free. Visit slofarmbureau.org to save your seat. See you on the dance floor!"

SLO County Farm Bureau shared a post on Instagram: "Help us celebrate 100 years of San Luis Obispo County agriculture at the Farm Bureau's Centennial Celebration on September 10th at the Alex Madonna Expo Center! Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, live music, and dancing as we honor our community's rich local agriculture heritage.

Watch the video!

County Government: SLO County's Proposed Paso Basin Ordinance Draws Backlash from Agriculture

Forage Loss Survey- Due September 1

The San Luis Obispo County Ag Commissioner's Office and UC Cooperative Extension is conducting a forage loss survey for 2022 for the county to collect additional data outside of their monitoring stations . 

Even though the monitoring sites give a good overview of forage losses for 2021-2022 growing season, they do not cover every ranch and area in the County. Please provide information for your ranch by going to this link and completing a survey. You will also need to use a code. The code will ensure the accuracy of the data collected. Anonymity for respondents will be maintained. 

Link for Survey: https://forms.office.com/g/Am2mib0jgZ  Code is: 2022

Record strawberry, wine grape crops push SLO County ag value past $1 billion again

The value of San Luis Obispo County agricultural products exceeded $1 billion during 2021 - largely due to the success of strawberries and wine grapes. Livestock and field crops, however, failed to escape the drought and lost value last year.

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SLO County's Proposed Paso basin Ordinance Draws Backlash from Agriculture

Paso Robles agricultural stakeholders have been concerned for nearly two years about a revised set of county rules for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin coming down the pike. At first, concerns centered on a proposed five-fold increase in the amount of water each basin landowner could pump from their properties without restriction, and how that could impact the aquifer.

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State Government: California Approves Ban of New Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035

California Farm Bureau's Farm Bureau at Work - 

Legislative & Government Affairs Report from Sacramento

August 26 Highlights (Full Report Here)

  • AB-2183 (Stone) was amended on August 22 to offer agricultural employers the illusory choice of “voluntarily” surrendering their free-speech and private property rights in as part of a “labor piece” compact in exchange a mail-in ballot union unionization election, or failing to opt for “labor peace,” simple card check for determining unionization. Neither option guarantees protection by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board for agricultural employees’ right to make a free and uncoerced choice for or against union representation. Farm Bureau remains adamantly opposed.
  • SB-1044 (Durazo), which would have prevented an employer from taking adverse employment action against an employee who refuses to work during the existence of a natural or man-made emergency if the employee believes the work might be unsafe, was amended allowing Farm Bureau to adopt a neutral position. Amendments inserted a “reasonable person” standard with respect to the employee’s belief the workplace is unsafe; this in addition to earlier amendments allowing employers to take punitive action against employees who refuse to work if the employer is in compliance with relevant occupational safety and health standards resolved concerns with the bill. The Senate concurred in Assembly amendments on August 24, and the bill is heading for the Governor’s desk.
  • A strongly debated and failed 2021 bill, AB-1395 (Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) has been taken off the inactive file, meaning that it can be considered for the last week of session. This bill would require the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order. This bill would also require the state to set a new climate goal, to reduce 90% of greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2045. The current state goal has a 40% emission reduction goal by 2030. Farm Bureau will remain in opposition to this bill.
  • Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) bill, SB-1084 , has passed the Assembly and has been now moved to the Senate for a final concurrence vote. This bill would prohibit foreign governments from purchasing or holding interest in agricultural land in California after January 1, 2023. It would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to annually report information about agricultural land ownership trends. If the bill passes the Senate on concurrence and moves to the Governor, Farm Bureau will be requesting approval of the bill.

California Approves Ban of New Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 in a push for the state's transition to electric vehicles. "This is the most important and most transformative action that [the California Air Resources Board] has ever taken," board member Daniel Sperling said at the meeting.

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New proposal challenges Gavin Newsom's $1.4 billion plan to keep Diablo Canyon open

There's a new proposal to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on the path to close down its reactors in 2024 and 2025. It comes in opposition to draft legislation floated by Gov. Gavin Newsom's office to keep the plant in San Luis Obispo County running another decade.

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Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel holds meeting

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel held a meeting on Wednesday night, discussing the possibility of continuing operation at the power plant past 2025. During the meeting, officials spoke about Gov. Gavin Newsom's workshop on the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which recommended keeping the plant operating past its 2025 decommissioning date.

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Stop California from stripping AG Employers of Free Speech and Private Property Rights!

The California Senate is considering an amended version of AB 2183 (Stone), legislation that will strip California farm employers of their free speech and private property rights if they elect “labor peace” or impose card-check if they do not. This last-minute amendment denies farm employees of their right to a secret ballot election supervised by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to choose representation by a union. AB 2183 as amended now offers employers a “choice” to impose mail-in balloting or card-check. This eliminates employees’ right to a secret ballot election free of intimidation or coercion in expressing their preference for union representation or not.  



Click Here to Oppose AB 2183

Federal Government: CA Senate Bill Would Ban Foreign Governments From Buying Agricultural Land

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News- August 25

  • USDA Announces $300 Million in New Assistance for Organic Growers 
  • CAFB Joins Western Caucus in Montana for Public Lands, Forestry and ESA Discussions 
  • Registration Remains Open for Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum
  • $550 Million to be Distributed for Underserved Producers and Career Development 

CA Senate Bill Would Ban Foreign Governments From Buying Agricultural Land

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- California State Senate Bill 1084 would place new restrictions on who can purchase agricultural land in the state. The goal is to prohibit foreign governments from buying California's farm land. Currently, about 2.7% of the Golden State's agricultural land is owned by people or governments in other countries.

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What's in the Inflation Reduction Act for Agriculture?

Formerly known as the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), the budget reconciliation bill, after extensive negotiations and reworking, was finalized as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, totaling roughly $770 billion. Since the budget reconciliation process was used, the bill only needed a simple majority in the Senate to pass, meaning it only needed 51 votes, rather that the 60 votes often needed to avoid procedural blocks.

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Farm Bureau Participates in Farm Bill Listening Session

San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Executive Director Brent Burchett made comments on Tuesday at a 2023 Farm Bill listening session in Paso Robles. The event was hosted by U.S. Representatives Salud Carbajal, Jimmy Panetta, Jim Costa and Zoe Lofgren.

Burchett spoke about the importance of crop insurance programs, especially for pasture, wine grapes and citrus crops. The Farm Bill is also an important provider of agricultural research and disease prevention programs. More than 80 percent of Farm Bill costs go for nutrition programs like food stamps. Additional Farm Bill listening sessions will take place in 2023. 

Business Member Spotlight:

Hotel Buena Vista

A Serene Hotel in San Luis Obispo

Checking into Hotel Buena Vista is like settling into a laid-back business and social hub just steps from downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. Best of all, we’re oh-so affordable, leaving plenty in your travel budget for doing more of whatever you want to do. Guests arriving at the hotel are welcomed into a bright, pristine lobby with comfy seating areas creating a warm sense of home. Upstairs, our 75 roomy, 100% smoke-free guest accommodations are decked out with creature comforts like free Wi-Fi, plush towels and flat-screen HDTVs with premium cable channels. Many of our rooms offer microwaves and/or refrigerators; just put in a request with us! Outside, tranquil tropical gardens, a sun-splashed heated pool, shady patios and BBQ areas invite you to fully enjoy San Luis Obispo’s gorgeous year-round weather.

Book directly with Hotel Buena Vista to get a 15% discount on your stay. Call us at (805) 549-9911 and mention the website's ad,


PHONE: 1-805-549-9911

USDA: USDA to Invest up to $300M in New Organic Transition Initiative

USDA to invest up to $300M in new Organic Transition Initiative

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) $300 million investment, including with American Rescue Plan funds, in a new Organic Transition Initiative that will help build new and better markets and streams of income for farmers and producers.

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USDA begins accepting applications for $100M in biofuel infrastructure grants

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for $100 million in grants to increase the sale and use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. USDA is making the funding available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).

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Ag Economics: Droughts Hurt World's Largest Economies

California Organic Tomato Production Up and Animal Product Exports Down

From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update. **California's organic tomato growers are producing an increasing share of the processing tomato crop. In 2013, organic tomatoes represented just 2.4% of the market. In 2021, that percentage, while still small, climbed to 6.2%.

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Droughts Hurt World's Largest Economies

Severe droughts across the Northern Hemisphere-stretching from the farms of California to waterways in Europe and China-are further snarling supply chains and driving up the prices of food and energy, adding pressure to a global trade system already under stress.

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Mojave Inland Port aims to speed up seaport freight flows

The Mojave Desert might not seem like a solution to help West Coast ports bursting at the seams from surging container volumes, but a proposed inland complex could be the answer for congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

New Members

Audra Cooper, D Lewis Farms, and Jaguar Farm Labor Contracting, Inc.

Renewing Members

Scott Sinton, Piearcy Ranch, and Vicki Silva

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:

New American Workforce

Employees of California Farm Bureau members seeking U.S. citizenship are invited to take advantage of a new member benefit. In partnership with the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce, employees now have exclusive access to citizenship services including:

  • Online application portal with detailed information and tips
  • Free legal assistance completing the N-400 citizenship application
  • Consultation to explore fee waiver eligibility and other options
  • Help desk access for navigating technology and services
  • Encourage your employees to learn more about the process and begin their citizenship application today!

Get started here: immigrationforum.activehosted.com/f/53.

Environmental: Appeals Court Rules AFBF Can Appeal Gray Wolf Delisting

Appeals Court Rules AFBF Can Appeal Gray Wolf Delisting

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn a lower court's ruling that prohibited AFBF from defending the delisting of the gray wolf in the case Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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EPA to designate 'forever chemicals' as hazardous substances

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two "forever chemicals" used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, clearing the way for quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems.

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USDA invests $121M in infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America

PUBLISHED ON SHARON, Conn. - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh has announced USDA is investing $121 million in critical infrastructure (PDF, 541 KB) to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities.

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Produce: 'Belle of the ball' - How the Popular California Avocado Goes from Farm to You

On the lookout for Spotted Lanternflies - from the Today Show

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species causing major concern in the eastern US. It favors more than 70 different plant species. Grapes, apples and stone fruit (plums, cherries, peaches, apricots) are among crops that are threatened.

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Genetic mapping brings strawberries 'into the 21st century' with better disease resistance

Strawberries are one of California's main money-makers, and they're the Central Coast's primary crop. But they are also vulnerable to diseases that can be devastating for growers, and experts say it's even possible that one of those diseases could lead to a strawberry pandemic.

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'Belle of the ball': How the popular CA avocado goes from farm to you

For Angelenos, much of our food gets grown locally. Farms in Ventura County cultivate a lot of the fruits and vegetables that are sold in SoCal farmers' markets and then served in LA restaurants. Take the avocado, for example. It's the primary crop at Petty Ranch in Ventura County, which grows hass and lamb hass varieties.

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Labor: Gavin Newsom 'Cannot Support' UFW-Backed Farmworker Union Bill, Calls for Negotiation

Gavin Newsom 'cannot support' UFW-backed farmworker union bill, calls for negotiation

CORRECTION: A spokesperson for Gov. Gavin Newsom says he can't support a United Farm Workers-backed union voting bill in its current form, but is open to negotiation. The original version of the story incorrectly reported that he wouldn't support the bill. Gov.

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Once struggling, United Farm Workers gains new clout in California, wants to use it

By late morning it was already hot, but not nearly as scorching as it would be in just a few hours. Lourdes Cardenas, 59, had already walked nearly eight dusty, sun-blasted miles from Turlock, with about that many more to go to the day's destination in downtown Modesto.

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'It's been hard, but it is worth it': Farm workers head to state Capitol on Day 21 of march

Tuesday marked Day 21 for farm workers and supporters marching toward the state Capitol to raise awareness for their voting rights. Marchers began Day 21 in Galt and left at 7 a.m. for their next stop, Walnut Grove. Nearly 20 farmworkers have taken the journey from Delano to Sacramento to make way for change.

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Upcoming FELS Trainings & Webinars

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.

When? August 26, 2022, 10:00 AM

Where? Your desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, or favorite device?

How do I register? You can register here.


NEW DATES ADDED! (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 subsidized by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. You can find registration and more information at the Food Safety Training Partnership website.

September 7, 15, and 21, California Farm Bureau, Sacramento

October 5, Glenn County Farm Bureau, Orland

November 15, Yolo County Farm Bureau, Woodland

December 3, California Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Conference, Monterey

December 4, California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Monterey

Wildfire: County Supervisors Approve $25-million Dispatch Center

Forest fires burn twice as many trees as two decades ago, report finds

Forest fires are burning nearly twice as many trees as they did just two decades ago, according to a study from the University of Maryland's Global Land Analysis and Discovery (UMD's GLAD) laboratory. Researchers found that a typical forest fire season burns 3 million more hectares (7.4 million acres) than in 2001.

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County Supervisors Approve $25-million Dispatch Center

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a $25 million contract to construct a facility that will bring the dispatch units of the sheriff's office and Cal Fire/ San Luis Obispo County Fire under one roof.

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California pig welfare rule delays frustrate small farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ohio hog farmer Joe Brandt changed his operation a few years ago to give his pigs more room and keep pregnant sows out of the narrow crates used by most farms. Brandt said he wanted to treat his pigs more humanely, but in doing so he also created a niche for his family business amid heightened concerns about the treatment of animals, and that enabled him to charge higher prices for the pigs.

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High court ruling on Prop 12 could have impacts beyond animal housing

Supporters of Proposition 12 say states could lose the ability to regulate sales of products based on climate impacts and other concerns, if the Supreme Court strikes down the California law that prescribes sow-housing standards for pork sold in the state.

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Interactive dashboard tracks meat sentiment across the U.S.

PUBLISHED ON WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability has added a meat sentiment dashboard to its roster of free-access food system dashboards. The new dashboard, updated weekly, shows the sentiment and volume of meat and meat alternative mentions in social media and online news.

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HPAI hits California broiler breeder flock

The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in California in 2022 was confirmed on August 22. The affected flock was a commercial broiler breeder flock, located in Fresno County. There were 33,900 chickens in that flock, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Vineyard & Wine: California Winemakers are Using A.I. to Combat Climate Change Challenges

Pierce's disease-resistant grape varieties give growers hope

VENTURA CO., Calif. - UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County recently hosted a Pierce's disease grapevine demonstration meeting at Ojai Vineyard, in collaboration with owner and long-time winemaker Adam Tolmach. Participants were invited to taste wines made from the new varieties as well as examine the vines.

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California Winemakers are Using A.I. to Combat Climate Change Challenges

Drones hovering over grape vines-that's the sight you may see when you visit Gamble Family Vineyards in the Oakville region of Napa Valley, California. There, proprietor Tom Gamble and his team send up drones regularly to collect data on the vineyards, health of the vines, and the effect of recent weather.

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Water: 2 SLO County Water Projects Get More than $23 Million Total from Biden Administration

California's water rights need to be upheld, but must adapt to meet new challenges

OPINION AND COMMENTARY The drought conditions in California are putting a severe strain on families and critical workers throughout our state. Many water districts have already imposed restrictions on personal water use, and there are likely mandatory statewide cuts in the near future.

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Colorado River water cut back - except for California

This story was updated on Aug. 16 with news announced by the US Bureau of Reclamation Arizona and Nevada will face steeper cuts to Colorado River water in 2023 as drought continues to deepen, but California will once again be spared - at least for now.

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Using seismology for groundwater management

As climate change increases the number of extreme weather events, such as megadroughts, groundwater management is key for sustaining water supply. But current groundwater monitoring tools are either costly or insufficient for deeper aquifers, limiting our ability to monitor and practice sustainable management in populated areas.

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2 SLO County water projects get more than $23 million total from Biden administration

Two San Luis Obispo County water recycling projects are getting big boosts in funding from the federal government. Morro Bay's water reclamation facility project was allocated more than $9.3 million and Pismo Beach was allocated $14.1 million for the Central Coast Blue project from the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday.

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California Drought Causing Significant Increase in Unplanted Farmland

California has seen a significant increase in the amount of farmland left unplanted, mostly due to the drought, according to a recent report. U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows there are more than 531,000 acres of unplanted land in the state, an increase of about 36% from a year ago.

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15 California Communities to Receive Drought Funding Amid Extreme Conditions

As part of ongoing efforts to help small communities address water supply challenges amid extreme drought and build water resilience for the future, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its eighth round of funding through the Small Community Drought Relief Program.

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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.

Join or Renew Your San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Membership

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