San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News
December 3, 2021
Visit Holloway's Christmas Tree Farm In Nipomo
Pictured above, Farm Bureau member Carl Holloway of Holloway’s Christmas Tree Farm in Nipomo gave us a tour of their operation ahead of the holiday season. Watch the video on our Instagram page here or Facebook here.

The Holloways have been providing locally grown trees since 1962. Carl said this year was one of the best crops they’ve ever had. They also operate a nursery that supplies area Christmas tree farms with transplants. 

You can find the SLO Tribune's list of local businesses offering Christmas Tree pickup locations here.
This Week In SLO County Agriculture
This Issue Includes: 
  • Community News: The Tribune - This SLO County Farmers Market Is The Best In California, Nutrition Site Says;
  • County News: Board of Supervisors Meet December 7;
  • COVID-19 News: Day Of The Farm Worker;
  • State and Federal Government News: UCANR - Laird And Regents Discuss 'Resuscitation' Of UCCE;
  • Business Member Spotlight: Asunción Valley Farm;
  • Featured Member Benefit: New American Workforce;
  • Labor News: October Hired Workers Up 2 Percent; Gross Wage Rate Increased 5 Percent From Previous Year;
  • Livestock News: AgAlert - Ranch-To-Customer Market Boosts Hearst Ranch Beef;
  • Environmental News: Paso Robles Press - Comments Being Taken On Offshore Wind Farms;
  • Water News: CalMatters - Drought Has Big Impacts On California Agriculture;
  • Wildfire News: New Times SLO - Grand Jury Says Cambria Is More Fire Resilient, But Recommends Another Investigation;
  • Floral News: Society of American Florists - California Suppliers Share Challenges, Opportunities;
  • Vineyard & Wine News: AgAlert - Winegrape Harvest Up Slightly From 2022;
  • Avocados News: Fresh Fruit Portal - Avocado-Producing Mexican State Looks For Access To U.S.;
  • Produce News: NASA - NASA Research Launches A New Generation Of Indoor Farming;
  • Ag Economics/Trade News: AgAlert - Rising Prices Drain Farmers' Pocketbooks;
  • Tax and Land News: Repeal The Death Tax Initiative: An Initiative To Protect Proposition 13 For Our Children;
  • Agronomic Research News: UCANR - Sobering Findings In Reduced Soil Disturbance Organic Vegetable Production Farm Evaluations; and
  • Wisdom From The Farm & Ranch.
Community News: The Tribune - This SLO County Farmers Market Is The Best In California, Nutrition Site Says
This SLO County farmers market is the best in...

A popular San Luis Obispo County farmers market is the best in the state of California, according to the nutrition website Eat This, Not That! The website ranked the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market, which attracts droves of shoppers and diners to...

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California Farm Bureau 2022 Leadership Farm Bureau Applications are due December 17. Apply Here.
County News: Board of Supervisors Meet December 7
San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Meets Tuesday, December 7 at 9am.
Review the agenda items here and watch the meeting here. Items of interest to agriculture include: 
  • Item 30 - Submittal of resolutions approving seven Land Conservation Contracts:
  • 1. Bidart Bros. - CON2021-00003, east of Calhoun Road and west of Elkhorn Road, approximately 7.5 miles southeast of Soda Lake in the Carizzo Planning Area;
  • 2. Gentle Hills Vineyard, LLC CON2021-00004, 8165 Union Road, approximately 4.5 miles east of the City of Paso Robles;
  • 3. Gentle Hills Vineyard - CON2021-00005, 7690 Gentle Hills Rd, approximately 4.5 miles east of the City of Paso Robles;
  • 4. Eagle Ranch, LLC - CON2021-000006, near 5450 Santa Barbara Road, Atascadero, approximately 1,000 to 20,000 feet south of the City of Atascadero;
  • 5. Ben and Nancy Hoover - CON2021-00009, 5513 El Pomar Drive, east of the South El Pomar Road intersection, approximately 5.7 miles east of the community of Templeton;
  • 6. Bruce Hansen - CON2021-000010, 5575 Pomar Drive, east of the South El Pomar Road intersection, approximately 5.7 miles east of the community of Templeton; and
  • 7. Phifer - CON2021-00016, 4360 and 4364 La Panza Rd, approximately 2 miles east of the Community of Creston in the North County Planning Area. Exempt under CEQA. Districts 1 and 5.
  • Item 36 - Hearing to consider a resolution adopting the San Luis Obispo Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan (Clerk’s File) for the San Luis Obispo Valley Groundwater Basin, authorizing the Groundwater Sustainability Director, or designee, to serve as Plan Manager and finding that the project is exempt from Section 21000 et seq. of the California Public Resources Code (CEQA). Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  • Item 38 - Hearing to consider an appeal (APPL2020-00023) by Salvador Perez of the Planning Commission’s approval of a Conditional Use Permit (DRC2019-00058) to establish 25,200 square feet (sf) of indoor cannabis cultivation area (20,412 sf of canopy), 6,048 sf of ancillary indoor cannabis nursery area (5,103 sf of canopy), 2,612 of indoor cannabis manufacturing and ancillary processing...and approximately 1.51 acres of site disturbance on a 22.32-acre parcel. The project is located at 375 Mehlschau Road, approximately one mile northeast of the community of Nipomo, in the Agriculture land use category and South County Inland Subarea of the South County Planning Area. District 4.
State redistricting could split SLO County. Here's how...

A new statewide redistricting map could divide San Luis Obispo County into different state and federal representation areas - grouping some local voters with those in Monterey County and others with voters in Santa Barbara County. That means San...

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COVID-19 News: Day Of The Farm Worker
For the Spanish version, click here.
For the Spanish Version, click here.
State and Federal Government News: UCANR - Laird And Regents Discuss 'Resuscitation' Of UCCE
Laird and regents discuss 'resuscitation' of UCCE

On Nov. 17, state Sen. John Laird was invited to the UC Regents' Public Engagement and Development Committee to discuss his support for the university. Laird described his instrumental role in what he called the...

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Your Bi-Weekly Federal Policy News

THIS WEEK IN Federal Policy News November 23, 2021 Farm Bureau Survey Shows Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Up 14% Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends is a priority for many Americans, but p

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California Farm Bureau's Friday Review.
San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency November...

View as a webpage / Share The 2021 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began on Nov. 1, 2021, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return ballots to local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is Dec. 6, 2021.

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Business Member Spotlight:
Asunción Valley Farm
Lori Johnston & Chris Castillo purchased Asunción Valley Farm the last days of 2013 from the Heilmann family of Templeton (one of the early families who settled the Templeton & Atascadero area of San Luis Obispo County). Our family is honored to take over the reins of this gorgeous valley, after the Heilmann’s watched over it for more than a century.

Our family of four took on the adventure of building a working horse farm, and brought on Alex Azevedo, a Brazilian horse professional with international experience in the show jumping world. We have an incredible team at the farm that includes Josue Celis (farm management), Talia Bravo (rider & barn manager), & Owen Davis (pasture manager & equipment manager). They have become a cohesive unit that operates seamlessly to support the health and well-being of the horses, the farm, and biosphere of the pastures & the hay crops.

Lori Johnston has had a singular passion for horses and ponies since her mom put her astride the shared saddle before she could walk. One of her earliest memories is of tears streaming down her face from the wind roaring past as her mother got her mount to go off at a good clip down a well worn dusty trail in the fragrant California foothills. From that moment forward, that was where she would always feel at home.
2958 Templeton Rd | Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 610-3054
Thank You Farm Bureau Members
New Members
Dan Ponti, Carl Evers
Renewing Business Support Members
Renewing Members
Clint Kuhnle, Janell Dusi, HM Holloway, Frank Ricigliano, Amanda Marsalisi, David Alford, Olympio Fiscalini Jr, Paso Robles Wine County Alliance, George Lehnhoff, Diane Eeckhout, David Crye
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Labor News: October Hired Workers Up 2 Percent; Gross Wage Rate Increased 5 Percent From Previous Year
October Hired Workers Up 2 Percent; Gross Wage Rate Increased 5 Percent from Previous Year
AEWR likely to rise again

If federal authorities follow the recent Farm Labor Survey, Adverse Effect Wage Rates will go up in 2022.Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2021 Farm Labor Survey, a series of averages of how much producers pay their...

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Livestock News: AgAlert - Ranch-To-Customer Market Boosts Hearst Ranch Beef
Ranch-to-customer market boosts Hearst Ranch Beef

Just off Highway 1, north of San Luis Obispo in San Simeon, is the hillside property that once served as a wilderness getaway for family and friends of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and features Hearst Castle. The ocean-view location includes Hearst Ranch, where cattle have grazed on thousands of acres of pristine hillsides since 1865.

Specializing in grass-fed beef, Hearst Ranch cattle spend their entire lives on the company's two ranches surrounding the castle and are raised entirely on grass to a finished weight of 1,200 pounds. Most of the cattle are finished within the late spring and summer months, and the grass-fed beef is sold to Whole Foods Market's southern Pacific region.

Prior to the pandemic in early 2020, Hearst Ranch Corp. formed a partnership with Jensen and Grace Lorenzen, owners of The Larder Meat Co., offering Hearst Ranch beef direct to consumers through a meat subscription service.

"Over the years, people have grown more concerned and inquisitive about where their food comes from, how it's handled and how it's raised," said Steve Hearst, great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst and Hearst Corp. vice president of Western Properties. "What we thought we would do was just open the door to our story."

California Beef Council Executive Director Bill Dale said the trend of direct-to-consumer sales is beginning to grow.

"The next generation of beef producers are moving into the ranch-to-consumer market, making use of their social media skills to offer their family products to consumers that want that buying experience," Dale said.

The Larder Meat Co.'s 10-pound, grass-fed mixed box features a selection of 6 pounds of Hearst Ranch Beef, such as flat iron or sirloin steaks, rib-eye or New York steaks, fajita meat and ground beef. The large, 15-pound box includes 10 pounds of the same cuts, but adds a roast. Also included are chicken, pork, spices, pasta or beans and a recipe card.

Prices vary depending on weight and duration of subscription, which can be a one-time purchase or monthly subscriptions.

The meat business was disrupted in 2020 after some of the nation's packing plants closed or slowed operations after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Ben Higgins, director of agricultural operations for Hearst Corp. in San Simeon, said consumer demand for beef shipped direct increased during the pandemic. With many people at home and restaurants closed in 2020, Jensen Lorenzen confirmed that demand for home delivery of meat was "off the charts," adding, "Literally overnight, everybody understood the concept of ordering meat online."

Read the full article here.
Study: Ranchers felt better prepared after the last drought

In surveying ranchers during California's last drought, UC Cooperative Extension researchers found they adopted a more proactive planning approach to drought as a permanent practice. Ranchers believed drought would be more influential in their...

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Animal Agriculture Alliance makes 2021 Virtual Summit...

ARLINGTON, Va. - Recordings from the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2021 Virtual Summit are now available for public viewing. The 2021 event, themed "Obstacles to Opportunities" was the largest to-date with nearly 600 registered attendees who...

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NCBA headed back to the drawing board on key policy issue

The nation's largest beef industry group will ask its members for fresh direction on how to approach price discovery discussions on Capitol Hill and throughout the sector. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's policy stance has been to give ...

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California Horseshoeing School Prevails In...

The Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School has prevailed in a years-long constitutional fight against the state of California, the American Farriers Journal revealed. The state's legislature repealed a law that required students without a high school...

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Environmental News: Paso Robles Press - Comments Being Taken On Offshore Wind Farms
Comments Being Taken on Offshore Wind Farms

By Neil Farrell CENTRAL COAST - The possibility of a giant offshore wind energy farm off the coast of San Luis Obispo County took a step forward in November when a federal agency moved the proposal into an environmental review phase. The Bureau...

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Pismo Beach was once the Clam Capital of the World. Then ...

Pismo Beach loved its clams. More than a century ago, farmers with horse-drawn plows would comb the sand and haul the clams off by the wagon-full. The meat was fed to the hogs. Softball-size bivalves were so abundant, they could be found rolling...

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Another energy storage plant in SLO County? This...

A massive new energy storage project could be coming to San Luis Obispo County to harness unused power and then send it back out to the grid when it's needed most. Hydrostor, a Canada-based energy storage company, sent its licensing application...

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Water News: CalMatters - Drought Has Big Impacts On California Agriculture
La Niña: Is California heading into another dry winter?

You may have seen it on social media or heard it while talking to a friend: This is a La Niña year, so California won't get any rain this winter and the severe drought is only going to get worse. Right? Maybe not. Although that's a common belief, ...

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Drought has big impacts on California agriculture

As California experiences a second year of drought, with no end in sight, the effects on California's largest-in-the-nation agricultural industry are profound and perhaps permanent. State and federal water agencies have cut deliveries to some...

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Water restrictions coming to Bakersfield to address drought

Bakersfield's two largest water providers will soon implement new restrictions to head off the potentially dire impacts of an extended drought. On Dec. 14, the city of Bakersfield and California Water Service plan to limit the days customers can...

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Large irrigation organizations are most likely to own...

Water storage infrastructure includes dams and reservoirs that provide a way to store water across seasons and years to meet the demands of irrigators. According to data collected in the USDA's 2019 Survey of Irrigation Organizations, less than...

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Cloud seeding gains steam as West faces worsening droughts

As the first winter storms rolled through this month, a King Air C90 turboprop aircraft contracted by the hydropower company Idaho Power took to the skies over southern Idaho to make it snow. Flying across the cloud tops, the aircraft dropped...

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Rush is on to drought-proof California's archaic water...

Panelists gave a nod to other ideas that can be implemented more easily at the local level, such as restoring wetland habitats, building wastewater recycling plants and helping low-income families pay their drinking water bills. "At the end of...

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Wildfire News: New Times SLO - Grand Jury Says Cambria Is More Fire Resilient, But Recommends Another Investigation 
Grand jury says Cambria is more fire resilient, but...

Fire resilience is a hot topic in Cambria right now. Just a month after the California Coastal Commission approved a vegetation treatment program for fire prevention, a recently released report details how the Cambria Community Services District...

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California Company's Heavy-Duty Drones to Help Fight...

(TNS) - Nestled amidst cypress trees and a blanket of thick coastal fog lies an inconspicuous workshop where Parallel Flight drones are being tinkered with and tested. The "Firefly" - weighing 120 pounds - looks only faintly like its hobbyist...

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Fire near SLO County lighthouse was controlled burn. Why ...

The threat of wildfires was weighing heavy on the Point San Luis Lighthouse keepers, a volunteer, nonprofit organization in charge of restoring and maintaining the historic light station built in 1890. Fire was becoming a more significant risk to ...

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Floral News: Society of American Florists - California Suppliers Share Challenges, Opportunities
Jazmin Albarran: 'This industry is the best kept secret'

Jazmin Albarran came to the horticulture industry in May 2021 when she stepped into the role of executive director for Seed Your Future, which works in partnership with the Society of American Florists to create a pipeline of talent by driving...

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Molecular understanding of postharvest flower opening...

Flowers are key organs in many ornamental plants, and various phases of flower development impact their economic value. The final stage of petal development is associated with flower senescence, which is an irreversible process involving...

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California Suppliers Share Challenges, Opportunities

What happens when strict state regulations and the ever-increasing price of water squeeze profit margins; land values rise and buyers come knocking; and then a global pandemic comes along with countless new logistical headaches and costs? For a...

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Holiday Floral Inspiration - American Grown Flowers and...

The holiday season is HERE! Can you believe it? If you're asking where 2021 went, we're right there with you. As we get busy preparing for feasts, family gatherings, holiday travel and more, we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to be...

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Vineyard & Wine News: AgAlert - Winegrape Harvest Up Slightly From 2022
Compliance Updates

Applications are now being accepted for the Healthy Soils Incentives Programs. For an overview of the program and eligibility, log into your member portal at the IGGPRA website and review the Healthy Soils Special Presentation given by...

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Winegrape harvest up slightly from 2020

Between wildfire smoke and the drought, California winegrape growers have been having a rough couple of years. Too much smoke during the 2020 fire season led to a wave of smoke-exposure rejections from wineries, while 2021's drought and heat led...

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Henry (Hank) Michael Donatoni, Jr 1933-2021

Henry (Hank) Michael Donatoni, Jr died September 23, 2021. He was a career pilot and well-known California winemaker, the founder of the Donatoni Winery in Los Angeles and then Paso Robles. Hank's roots trace to Italy and a family of gardeners.

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Best of Tin City - Paso Robles

Paso Robles has long been known as one of the premier places to visit if you're into wine, but not everyone in the younger generation of drinkers is sold on wine tours and the "wine country", and that's where Tin City sets itself apart.

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Avocados News: Fresh Fruit Portal - Avocado-Producing Mexican State Looks For Access To U.S.
Avocado-producing Mexican state looks for access to U.S.

The Mexican government is currently negotiating with the U.S. to allow avocado exports in from Jalisco, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development ( Sader). The Secretary of Sader, Víctor Villalobos said that his counterpart...

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REMINDER: Commission to Host Virtual GEM Presentation...

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 9:00-10:30 am, the California Avocado Commission will host a virtual informational meeting concerning the GEM variety. The session will include information concerning the following...

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USDA makes appointments to the Hass Avocado Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of eight members to the Hass Avocado Board. Two producers, two producer alternates, two importers and one importer alternate were appointed to serve three-year ...

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Produce News: NASA - NASA Research Launches A New Generation Of Indoor Farming
Biocontrol: How strawberry growers are leading the way

By Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture. This article is part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ ( Lane Stoeckle, in one of his client's strawberry field According to Dr. ...

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NASA Research Launches a New Generation of Indoor Farming

The United Nations predicts Earth will have to feed another 2.3 billion people by 2050, mostly concentrated in urban centers far from farmland. Conventional agriculture may not be able to meet that demand, but luckily NASA has been working...

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Protecting Shipper's PACA Trust Rights When Invoicing by EDI

Some retail and food service customers may require Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) invoicing and reconciliations of settlements to automate the purchase order process. EDI is simply a standard electronic format that replaces paper-based...

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Ag Economics/Trade News: AgAlert - Rising Prices Drain Farmers' Pocketbooks
Rising prices drain farmers' pocketbooks

The road to higher food prices begins at the diesel pump and winds through the auto-parts store, the fertilizer-supply company and even the hangar at the local airfield. By the time that road reaches the farm, California farmers and ranchers may...

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Agriculture and related industries provide 10.3 percent...

In 2020, 19.7 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors,10.3 percent of total U.S. employment. Direct on-farm employment accounted for about....

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Supply chain snarls slow goods to and from farms

Despite strong demand for their products overseas, California farmers say their agricultural exports remain stuck in a complex supply-chain labyrinth that has hindered their ability to ship goods to customers. Shipping delays have also slowed...

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Tax and Land News: Repeal The Death Tax Initiative: An Initiative To Protect Proposition 13 For Our Children
Repeal The Death Tax Initiative: An initiative to Protect Proposition 13 for our children 

What: An initiative to amend the state constitution to restore the ability of parents to transfer property to their children upon death without triggering a reassessment and increase in property taxes.

Why: Many voters did not understand that Proposition 19, which passed narrowly in November 2020, took away constitutional protections that allowed families to keep their properties that parents worked hard to acquire.

Who: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California’s most influential taxpayer advocacy group and the proponent of taxpayer protection initiatives including Proposition 13 (1978) and Proposition 218 (1996), is the proponent of the Repeal the Death Tax Act.

Background: California voters have repeatedly and emphatically rejected death taxes. Two ballot measures that were overwhelmingly approved in 1982 abolished and banned state inheritance and gift taxes. Soon after, with rising real estate values leading to unaffordable spikes in property tax bills upon reassessment of property transferred within families, the Legislature unanimously passed a measure to exclude homes and a limited amount of other property from reassessment when transferred between parents and children. This became Proposition 58 on the 1986 ballot and was approved by more than 75% of voters. In 1996, voters approved Proposition 193, extending the same tax rules to property transfers between grandparents and grandchildren if the children’s parents were deceased.

The problem: In 2020, Proposition 19 was presented to voters with a costly ad campaign that emphasized tax benefits for wildfire victims, disabled people and seniors, but failed to explain that the measure repealed the constitutional protections in Propositions 58 and 193. Proposition 19 has effectively reinstated a death tax in California. Reassessment of long-held family properties to market value upon the death of a parent means children who can’t come up with the cash to pay the new annual property tax bill will be forced to sell the family property.

The impact: Generational wealth-building, so important to families working their way up the economic ladder, was put at severe risk by Proposition 19’s repeal of Propositions 58 and 193. Decades of hard-won progress in communities across California will be set back by the forced sale of homes, small businesses and mom-and-pop rental properties.

The solution: The Repeal the Death Tax Act will restore Proposition 58 and Proposition 193 to the state constitution. It is retroactive to February 16, 2021 (the effective date of Prop. 19). To further protect families, the measure adds an adjustment for inflation to the exclusion from reassessment for a limited amount of other property in addition to the primary residence.

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A Project of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 
Agronomic Research News: UCANR - Sobering Findings In Reduced Soil Disturbance Organic Vegetable Production Farm Evaluations
Dr. Surendra Dara, UC Cooperative Extension Advisor-Entomology & Biologicals - November 24, 2021 Update  
  1. Spotted lanternfly: We recently completed mapping of spotted lanternfly risk-prone areas in California based on the distribution, acreage, and value of cultivated crops and other hosts. This project was funded by CDFA to help prepare Californians for potential invasion of this pest. You can see the maps and other details here
  2. Western grapeleaf skeletonizer: Evaluated some lures for monitoring this pest, which is a problem in some vineyards. Check out the results of the study here.
  3. Biological inputs: I recently wrote a book chapter on using biological inoculants and biopesticides in small fruits and vegetables in California. This chapter is available here.
  4. Podcasts: You can listen to my radio/podcast conversations on different topics: 
  • a) With Dan Shadwell for KVEC920 Hometown Radio about spotted lanternfly, listen here.
  • b) With Brian German for AgNet West about arthropod management in organic vegetables, listen here
  • c) With Brian German for AgNet West about biostimulants in IPM, listen here.
Sobering findings in reduced soil disturbance organic...

Published on: November 10, 2021 November 10, 2021 Sobering findings in reduced soil disturbance organic vegetable production farm evaluations For the past three years, a group of experienced organic vegetable farmers along with several University ...

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Wisdom From The Farm & Ranch
El Paso
By Marty Robbins

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rosa's cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
I was in love but in vain, I could tell

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

So in anger I
Challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Just for a moment I stood there in silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I
Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death

I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark
Maybe tomorrow, a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart

And at last here I
Am on the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa's cantina below
My love is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to Felina I go

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting, I can't let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa's back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I'm getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Felina has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for
One little kiss and Felina, goodbye
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