San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News
February 26, 2021
San Luis Obispo County Will Start Ag Industry Vaccines With Farmworker-Targeted Pilot Project in Mid-March
This week, the SLO County COVID-19 Task Force approved a plan drafted by SLO Couhnty Farm Bureau to begin vaccinating farmworkers in mid-March. This effort will start with a pilot project at the County’s vaccine clinic site in South County. Thank you to the Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, local agriculture industry leaders, farm labor contractors, healthcare partners, County staff and our SLO County Farmworker Task Force for providing feedback and direction. 

Our plan is very much focused on having a bias towards action. We will not let the process of developing a perfect plan preferred by everyone prevent us from proceeding with a good plan that gets us started in the right direction. 
  • We will learn from our initial pilot project in the coming weeks, and scale up and expand this effort to other parts of the County as quickly as vaccine supply levels allow. 
  • We will prioritize getting the most workers vaccinated as quickly as possible by working with employers and labor contractors to coordinate scheduling blocks of appointments specifically for agriculture employees. 
  • The goal is to vaccinate farm workers at the clinic with Spanish and Mixteco translation and multicultural support in partnership with Promotores, Herencia Indigena, and CHC Health Educators. Many of you have asked about mobile, on-farm vaccine sites. We expect this will eventually be a pivotal part of our efforts, but at this stage, there is not enough vaccines to fully utilize the County’s three established vaccine sites. 
  • The pilot will begin mid-March and aim to vaccinate 500-600 farm workers in one day.
  • The plan is a starting point and will continue to be refined and expanded in collaboration with partners. The plan does not include other parts of the food/ag sector at this time, but we will get there as soon as possible!

As SLO County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein explained at Wednesday’s news briefing (the ag portion comes up at the 18 minute mark), the County is still a ways away from completing the 65+ age category that is currently eligible for the vaccine. That situation could quickly change if more vaccines become available. We continue to coordinate with our healthcare industry leaders to ensure we are exploring all possible avenues to get vaccines to our essential ag industry as quickly as possible. 

Some other counties and states are further along vaccinating the ag industry than we are. Every county has a unique situation, whether it’s the quantity of vaccines received or the approach taken by local governments to prioritize distribution. While farmworkers and other essential industry workers are at a greater risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, age is the greatest predictor of death or serious illness from COVID-19. This is one of the primary reasons our County has gone with an age-based, rather than occupation-based, distribution. We also know that the Latino population has been disproportionately impacted by COVID, and the majority of our agriculture workforce comes from the Latino community.

So what can you do now to help? 
  • Start talking to your workforce now about getting the vaccine. The CDC has released a new “Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit - Information for Employers and Employees” guidance document. 
  • If your agriculture business has not already done so, please complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Survey for Ag Employers so the County and our partners can coordinate with you as these pilot projects are expanded to accommodate larger numbers of workers and reach other parts of the county. 
  • Subscribe to the SLO County Public Health Department’s email newsletter and encourage your agriculture colleagues to subscribe to our Farm Bureau weekly newsletter here.
  • Get familiar with the legal issues around vaccinating your workforce. California Farm Bureau's Farm Employers Labor Service presented an informative webinar this week, "A Shot in the Arm: Cal/OSHA and Employment Law Issues Related to the COVID-19 Vaccine." View a video of the webinar here; and download the presentation slides here
Thank you for your patience and support. We continue to receive a high volume of calls and emails every day asking about the vaccine, but your input and questions are always welcome. Email Brent at or call the office at 805-543-3654. Do you appreciate the work Farm Bureau is doing? Please consider becoming a member so we can keep fighting for you.
This Week in SLO County Agriculture
In This Issue:
  • Community News: Help Our SLO FFA Students!
  • County Government News: Supervisors Meet March 2nd
  • State Government News: Stop Costly Sick Leave Mandate
  • Federal Government News: Paycheck Protection Program - Program Updates
  • COVID-19 News: Deadline to Apply for Federal CFAP Relief Payments Extended
  • Business Member Spotlight: Treasury Wine Estates
  • Wildfire News: Burning California to Save it: Why one Solution to Raging Wildfires Can't Gain Traction
  • Livestock & Rangeland News: Carbajal's Wilderness Land Designation Bill is Back
  • Labor News: CFLCA - Sample COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
  • Produce News: Variety of Vegetables Available in United States Expanded Over Last Two Decades
  • Vineyard & Winery News: Vintage Paso- Zinfandel Weekend
  • Water News: Paso Robles Subbasin Water Year 2020 Annual Report, Comments Due March 3
  • Environmental News: AgriPulse - Farmers Tell Newsom to Stop Blaming Agriculture When Setting Climate Goals
  • Ag Trade: Maritime Shippers Refuse to Load Agricultural Exports 
  • Agriculture Education: AgSnacc Podcast 
  • Wisdom From the Farm & Ranch
Community News: Help Our SLO FFA Students!
We got to spend an hour this week with some of the smartest high school students you'll ever meet, Talia and Emily from San Luis Obispo FFA!

If you are a farmer in San Luis Obispo or northern Santa Barbara, please help them complete their research project by filling out this brief survey in the next few days. We know your time is valuable, but these ladies are the future of agriculture, so let's help them out!

World's largest energy storage system proposed in Morro Bay

The world's largest energy storage system could soon go up in Morro Bay. It would go in the location of the vacant Morro Bay Power Plant. Texas-based company, Vistra Energy is proposing to build a 600 mega watt lithium-ion battery installation at ...

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CDFA staff and Secretary Ross to participate in upcoming ...

The 33 rd annual California Small Farm Conference will feature CDFA secretary Karen Ross and agency staff during its series of educational webinars, videos and online forums February 22-28. Hosted by the Community Alliance for Family Farmers...

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Deputies Assess Trends as Rural-Crime Reports Slow

 Agricultural crime remains a serious problem in many parts of California, though reported crimes declined in some rural counties the past year. Detectives say they’re not sure why the decline occurred, and farmers say they continue to be plagued by thefts, illegal dumping and other problems. A bill introduced in the state Legislature would increase fines for illegal dumping. In one county, inmate work crews that clear dump sites have been reduced due to pandemic concerns.
County Government News: Supervisors Meet March 2nd
SLO County Board of Supervisors Meet March 2
Agenda items of interest to agriculture:
  • Agenda Item 29 - Request to reaffirm the current seven At-Large members and appoint ten new members to the Water Resources Advisory Committee of the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. All Districts. Read more here.
  • Agenda Item 35 -  Submittal of a Fiscal Year 2021-22 County and State Budget update. All Districts. Read more here.
  • Agenda Item 38 - Update on the State Water Project Water Management Tools Study and request to appoint Brad Hagemann a member and Michael Nordstrom an alternate to the State Water Subcontractors Advisory Committee. All Districts. Read more here.
  • Agenda Item 39 - Submittal of a resolution approving and authorizing the Chairperson to execute Amendment No. 18 (the Water Management Amendment) to Water Supply Contract between the State of California Department of Water Resources and San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District; making responsible agency findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Water Management Amendment (Clerk’s File); and adopting the CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations. All Districts. Read more here.
To access the full agenda documents and a recording of the meeting click here
San Luis Obsipo County Ag Commissioner - February 2021 Update
State Government News: Stop Costly Sick Leave Mandate
The California Legislature is considering a COVID-19 paid sick leave mandate of up to 80 hours on California farm employers. This paid sick leave could be taken to get a vaccine or to care for someone who is not even a family member! California farm employers have already borne the cost of the COVID-19 recession, including an estimated $8 billion hit on farm income. The state has experienced a COVID-19 windfall estimated at between $10 billion and $40 billion (estimated by the Legislative Analyst’s Office) at the expense taxpayers and employers. If the State of California wants employers to furnish paid sick leave, the state should reimburse employers for the cost of that leave, as Congress did when it mandated COVID-19 paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 
California has the financial resources available now to reinvigorate the economy and provide added financial assistance for employees. The Legislature and the Governor should help us be part of the solution.              
  1. Call the office of Governor Newsom: 916-445-2841. Urge Governor Newsom to oppose any imposition of new COVID-19 paid sick leave mandate that is not funded by the state, and oppose imposing this new COVID-19-related burden on California employers.
  2. Send this message to your Legislator: Stop Costly Sick Leave Mandate
Farmworkers, climate and wildfires are the focus of new...

The Legislature is planning an active session this year to make up for lost time in 2020, despite legislative leaders calling for lawmakers to curtail the number of bills introduced. With a deadline last Friday for introducing new measures, the...

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Newsom signs COVID-19 stimulus bills to send money to...

California will send money to low-income families and other assistance to struggling small businesses as part of nearly $7.6 billion in economic stimulus measures Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Tuesday. Under the deal Newsom negotiated with...

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Federal Government News: Paycheck Protection Program - Program Updates
Paycheck Protection Program - Program Updates 
Some of you may have seen the media reports covering President Biden’s recent change to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will prioritize the smallest American businesses. Effective February 24, 2021 at 9 AM, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for PPP funds through March 10, 2021. The official press release can be found here.  
Additionally, the Small Business Administration will be implementing additional changes to PPP by the first week of March 2021. These changes include: 
  • Allowing sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants 
  • Elimination of an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal 
  • Elimination of PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and 
  • Ensuring access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP. 
Updated PPP information, including forms, guidance, and resources is available at as well as   
 Contact: Erin Huston at or 916-849-3746 
International Seed Mail Scam Investigation Update from USDA

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2021 – Following a months-long investigation into thousands of reports from citizens who received unsolicited seed packages in the mail last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

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A look at how Biden's Cabinet nominees fared Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden's Cabinet is starting to fill out, with nominees for agriculture secretary and United Nations ambassador gaining Senate approval Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he intends to wrap up the...

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USDA Grant and Loan Program Updates

USDA Rural Development offers low-interest loans and need-based grants to construct off-farm housing for domestic year-round, migrant, seasonal, retired, and/or disabled domestic farm laborers. Federal Register. Pre-applications are required and must be sent to by April 1, 2021; Nov. 1, 2021; or Nov. 1, 2022  

USDA Rural Development offers funding to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 | Paper Application Deadline: March 22, 2021 

USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility, or economic development projects in rural areas. Electronic Application Deadline: March 22, 2021, on | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021 

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides grants to support education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers. Application Deadline: March 25, 2021 

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers this program to build upon the national infrastructure to develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 
Vilsack sworn in, USDA updates CFAP plans

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has been sworn in as the leader of the Department of Agriculture, giving USDA the ability to shift its public posture on coronavirus relief payments authorized in December...

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COVID-19 News: Deadline to Apply for Federal CFAP Relief Payments Extended
California Farm Bureau is pleased to offer expert guidance on the PPP process to our members. Join KCOE and Isom on March 10 for a special webinar on navigating this next round of assistance.

For webinar registration information, contact San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau or call the CAFB member help desk at 1-800-698-FARM. 
Farm workers prove early challenge for Kern County...

On Monday, local farm workers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but advocates say Kern County lacks the infrastructure to effectively reach the hard-hit population...

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Got a Question About COVID Vaccines in SLO County? Here's...

Three-hundred-and-forty-five days, 19,500 people infected, 680 hospitalized, 221 dead. These are the statistics that now show the coronavirus pandemic's impact in San Luis Obispo County...

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Californians broadly back COVID-19 hazard pay,...

Californians overwhelmingly support legislation that provides enhanced farmworker protections and gives hazard pay to essential workers, according to a poll released by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. Hazard pay has become a...

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Business Member Spotlight:
Treasury Wine Estates
Treasury Wine Estates is one of the world's largest wine companies, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Through world-class winemaking and brand marketing, our business is focused on meeting evolving consumer interests across the globe, and on delivering sustainable growth. Everything we do is dedicated to realizing our ambition of becoming the world's most admired premium wine company.

At Treasury Wine Estates, we thrive on innovation, continuous improvement and commercial achievement - and that’s what we look for in our people. Our business is driven by leaders who draw from a rich diversity of industry experience, and combine this experience with passion, talent, commitment and skill.
7000 CA-46 | Paso Robles, CA 93428
(707) 299-3122
Thank You Farm Bureau Members
Renewing Members:
Walkin T Ranch, Anne Defeyter Loden, Don Whittemore, Lowell McDonnell, Gary Rodgers
Wildfire News: Burning California to Save it: Why one Solution to Raging Wildfires Can't Gain Traction
Burning California to save it: Why one solution to...

On a crisp, breezy February morning near Lake Tahoe, a crew of five firefighters descended on a snow-covered, heavily-forested park straddling the California-Nevada border. They came to start fires, not put them out. Armed with gas and diesel...

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Livestock & Rangeland News: Carbajal's Wilderness Land Designation Bill is Back
NCBA delivers State of the Industry Address during...

Today, during the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) virtual Winter Reboot conference, NCBA CEO Colin Woodall and NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane discussed the state of the industry and...

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Northern California wilderness could grow by 250,000...

Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties could play host to part of the largest new designation of federal wilderness in a decade if Democratic sponsors of the land-protection package can find a way through the divided U.S. Senate. A bill...

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Seasonal Changes in Forage Nutrient and Toxicity Levels on California Central Coast Rangelands: A Preliminary Study

Poisonous plants are a major cause of economic loss to the livestock
industry, adversely affecting three to five percent of the cattle, sheep,
goats, and horses that graze western rangelands (Panter et al. 2011). In response to calls from livestock operators, we investigated some common toxic plants representative of California’s Central Coast
rangelands. These lands represent an estimated 60 percent of the land area and provide a wide range of ecological services, including forage production for livestock and wildlife, water quality protection,
recreation, and wildlife habitat (Roche et al. 2015). Livestock that graze on rangeland require forages of adequate quality and quantity to meet their biological needs.

Read more here.
Labor News: CFLCA - Sample COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
California Farm Labor Contractor Association - Sample "COVID-19 Vaccination Policy"

Rob Roy, Ventura County Agricultural Association's (VCAA) president, and general counsel has created a sample “COVID-19 Vaccination Policy” after weeks of research on this issue, including a review of pertinent guidelines and input from other statewide ag labor attorneys. 

This is not a mandatory policy, but rather a policy that encourages employees to obtain their vaccinations. Roy believes that this policy contains all of the important highlights that you would need to know regarding developing a proper vaccination policy. In light of the impending rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines to Essential Workers within the next few weeks, developing a policy on how you will have your employees vaccinated is of utmost importance at this time.

View the Spanish version here. View the English version here.

Note: View the article "To Require or Not to Require Vaccinations...That is the Question." The article reaffirms the terms of the enclosed policy. We thank them for their contribution of this article. Contact your legal counsel if you have questions concerning the policy or how to implement it.
FELS COVID-19 News - February 21, 2021

  • Attorney General COVID-19 Letters: During the week of February 14, California employers began receiving letters from the Office of the Attorney General soliciting employers’ “COVID-19 related health and safety measures,” including the employer’s COVID-19 written prevention program and the employer’s leave policy regarding leaves available to employees with COVID-19. The letter in some cases requests a response by March 3 but demands an immediate response if there is an ongoing outbreak at the employer’s facility or facilities. While the letters cite to no specific statutory authority to compel the recipient’s response, lack of a response could trigger an investigation by the AG’s office. Should you receive such a letter, whether and how to respond is a decision that should be undertaken in consultation with legal counsel.  FELS Newsletter subscribers have access to the FELS' Group Legal Services program, which includes a free hour of legal services from our partner firm Barsamian & Moody. Please contact us at 800-753-9073 or for more information. 
  • FELS Furnishes Ag Employment Letter: February 10: Certain county health departments are beginning to furnish COVID-19 vaccines to critical infrastructure employees, including food and agricultural employees. In some cases, potential vaccine recipients are being asked for proof of employment. Should an employee who seeks a vaccination not possess any kind of company identification (i.e. an ID badge or facility access card) and prefer not to furnish a paycheck stub, a substitute form of proof of employment may be needed. FELS has created this proof of employment letter you can furnish your employees to verify their employment in an eligible essential workforce sector. 
  • Cal/OSHA Issues COVID-19-Related Citations: On February 4, Cal/OSHA issued multiple citations for various COVID-19-related Injury and Illness Prevention plan, Respiratory Protection plan and other regulatory violations to 13 employers, most of which were state government agencies or health care systems. The largest proposed penalty was levied against San Quentin State Prison for $421,800. It appears the agency initiated these inspections in mid-2020; since the agency's policy calls for issuance of citations and proposed penalties within six months of initiation of an investigation, these citations were announced after the introduction of Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, but appear not to cite that standard. 
  • CDPH Issues Revised Vaccine Guidelines: On February 4, (superseding guidelines issued January 22) the California Department of Public Health has issued revised guidelines for priorities for recipients of the COVID-19 vaccination. Under the new guidelines, all "tiers" of persons in Phase 1A (healthcare workers and related personnel, generally) remain the first priority. The order of priority in Phase 1B has been revised somewhat to place access to vaccines for persons 65 years and older ahead of a few specifically identified "sector populations:" Education and childcare, Emergency Services, and Food and Agriculture. This action follows weeks of controversy and reports of vaccine recipients "cutting the line" to receive the vaccine in situations where it appears local public health officials elected to avoid spoilage of highly perishable vaccines by giving them to Phase 1B recipients when they ran out of eligible Phase 1A recipients who wanted the vaccine. In several counties local employers and community groups have been successful in organizing limited access to vaccinations for farm employees in cooperation with the health department. 
You can read more at COVID-19 News & Resources for Farm Employers at FELS' website. 
Produce News: Variety of Vegetables Available in United States Expanded Over Last Two Decades
Variety of vegetables available in United States...

People in the United States are slowly expanding the variety of vegetables on their plates, data from the USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) show. The vegetables food group is composed of five main subgroups: legumes, dark green, other...

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Vineyard & Winery News: Vintage Paso- Zinfandel Weekend
Sustainable Vineyard Education and Events | Vineyard Team

Mark Greenspan (Advanced Viticulture) will give an overview of soil, plant, and weather technology, including data is used to inform irrigation scheduling...

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Vineyard Team Scholarship

Since its inception in 2015, the fund has awarded over $96,000 in higher education scholarships base on academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement...

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Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is a themed weekend that does not feature a single marquee event, but rather individual experiences at area wineries. 100+ local wineries celebrate with 3 days of experiences. Create your own Zinful itinerary to smell, sip, and savor the heritage of Paso Robles.
Tablas Creek Vineyards - Center for Regenerative...

Without previously knowing the term "regenerative agriculture," Tablas Creek Vineyard(opens in new window) , in Paso Robles, CA, has been using many regenerative practices since its inception in 1987...

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Water News: Paso Robles Subbasin Water Year 2020 Annual Report, Comments Due March 3
SLO Basin Groundwater Sustainability Commission Meeting is March 1
 The public is invited to join the next virtual Groundwater Sustainability Commission (GSC) meeting on March 1, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm via Zoom. GSC meetings are a great opportunity for interested parties to receive updates on the development of the SLO Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), to ask questions, and/or to share public comment. We will continue last meeting's discussion of Projects and Management Actions being considered to bring the SLO Basin into sustainability.  Learn more about this public meeting or register here.
Paso Basin Annual Report Released, Comments Due March 3
It is anticipated that the Paso Basin Cooperative Committee will consider approving the Report at the March 17, 2021 meeting and submit to the Department of Water Resources by the April 1, 2021 SGMA deadline. Learn how to comment here
Water Board likely to raise fees by 10% ...again

Looking to Gov. Newsom's initial budget proposal for the coming year...

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Invitation to Carbon Capture and Sequestration in...

An update on Getting to Neutral - progress since the January 2020 ...

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Investments in California's water may help lower costs...

Climate change and extreme weather...

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Red alert sounding on California drought, as Valley gets ...

A government agency that controls much of California's water supply released its initial allocation for 2021, and the numbers reinforced fears that the state is falling into another drought...

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WRAC Meeting Canceled and Upcoming BOS items

Hi WRAC and Water Resources Stakeholders, The WRAC meeting scheduled for 3/3/2021 has been canceled. In lieu of meeting in March, WRAC members and interested public stakeholders are encouraged to follow the scheduled Board of Supervisors meetings ...

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Environmental News: AgriPulse - Farmers Tell Newsom to Stop Blaming Agriculture When Setting Climate Goals
California wastes its extra solar, wind energy. Could...

No amount of solar panels and wind turbines alone will be enough for California to reach its goal of a clean electrical grid unless the state can solve its energy storage problem...

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Map out where solar installations will have least impact ...

California's transition to clean energy will mean that solar projects occupy vast amounts of open space, including agricultural acreage, which is urbanizing at a rapid clip...

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Farmers tell Newsom to stop blaming agriculture when...

California farmers are pushing back on Gov. Gavin Newsom's goal to conserve 30% of the state's land by 2030...

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OTHER VOICES: The facts about pesticide safety

Recently, I have read several articles in The Californian in which people are expressing their desire to know the "facts" and "science" behind pesticide safety in their community...

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Nuclear Power's Planned Exit from CA May Trigger Rise in ...

With less than four years left before Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo starts shutting down the state's last two nuclear reactors...

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Pesticide Use in California Remains at Near-Record High

In the early morning of June 22, 2017, 18 farmworkers outside of Salinas were rushed to the hospital...

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Ag Trade: Maritime Shippers Refuse to Load Agricultural Exports
Webinar series aids in farm-export training

The California Agricultural Export Training Program will hold a live, online training course via Zoom beginning March 18. The weekly course will be held Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., through May 20. The course is designed for producers, processors and marketers of California-grown or -processed specialty crops.
Maritime shippers refuse to load agricultural exports

The West's ability to export agricultural goods suffered a significant blow at the outset of the yearlong pandemic that began last year. Instead of improving, things have gotten worse as maritime shipping companies are prioritizing empty...

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Agriculture Education: AgSnacc Podcast
AgSnacc is a product of the South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium, comprised of several secondary agriculture programs, post-secondary institutions, and industry partners along the South Central Coast of California. This podcast series was created in collaboration with the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication in the Agricultural Education & Communication Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the background music was contributed by Jason Shaw. 

The original purpose of AgSnacc was to facilitate agriculture career exploration within the virtual learning space. However, podcasts can serve as a tool both outside and inside the traditional classroom. Each interview focuses on the career itself, as well as the individual personal journey toward their current career. We hope that the accompanying curriculum materials can help agriculture teachers implement career exploration within their own classrooms, regardless of the mode of instruction. We look forward to continuing to add new tasty career interviews and curriculum resources to aid in career exploration in agriculture. Learn more here.
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Wisdom From the Farm & Ranch
 The Farmer - Sue Ikerd

He has been a farmer all of his life, 
long before he took a wife, 
he knew he was meant to work the soil. 
His days on this earth would be spent in toil, 
planting the crops and clearing the land. 
This was all part of the Master's Plan. 
As in his father's and grandfather's days. 
For generations this had been the ways 
in which they would work the land and the sod, 
drawing nearer to nature and communing with God. 
To each of his neighbors he lent a hand. 
They worked together to farm the land, 
in autumn when the harvest came, 
each one in turn did the same. 
All through the week they labored each day, 
but on the Sabbath they gathered to pray. 
To thank Him for His blessings and love, 
what they gathered on earth had come from above . . . 
When his children were born he watched them grow. 
He taught them the lessons so they would know, 
and learn the ways of country and farm, 
of love, truth, respect and to do no harm 
to creature on land or those in the air, 
and to be good stewards of the land in their care. 
He watched them ride horses and float down the stream, 
but he knew that their future could not be his dream. 
This farmer he realizes that he has wealth beyond measure, 
because here on this farm he has found all his treasure. 
With his family around him, for wealth there's no need. 
With all of His blessings he's a rich man indeed. 
His breed is a rare one, it's becoming extinct, 
with this world's busy lifestyle, there's no time to think. 
Life's becoming too hectic and people miss out, 
on all of the beauty that lies roundabout. 
This farmer can see it as he goes through his days, 
From bird's nests to sunsets, each free for the gaze. 
The path that he's taken is different than most. 
He's content in his heart and has no need to boast. 
His drumbeat is different but he follows its sounds, 
with his dog by his side he walks over this ground, 
of the land that he loves, he will do it no harm, 
The place of his birth, the old family farm. 
Farm Bureau Membership Matters
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Join SLO County Farm Bureau now or renew your membership online. Go to 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 some assistance with membership, 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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