San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News
January 22, 2021
CEQA Review for Planting New Crops? SLO County Supervisors to Discuss New Regulation on Jan. 26
This Week in SLO County Agriculture
In This Issue:
  • Local Government News: Supervisors Meet January 26
  • Community News: Deadline Nears for Ag Scholarships
  • COVID-19 News: SLO County Ag Will Need 6,000+ Vaccines
  • Business Member Spotlight:The Cliffs Hotel + Spa
  • Government Affairs Updates from California Farm Bureau
  • Tax & Land News: Who Owns The Most Farmland in the U.S.?
  • Labor News: Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard
  • Produce News: UCANR - Broccoli Rotations Lower Pathogens
  • Vineyard & Winery News: New Winery Wastewater Order
  • Water News: AgNet West - Time is Running out for Further Ag Order 4.0 Revisions
  • Agriculture Trade News: Farmer's Daughter - How The USDA Views Organic Food From Mexico
  •  Wisdom From the Farm & Ranch: "Pards" by Skylar Harwood
Local Government News: Supervisors Meet January 26
The following are items on the agenda that pertain to agriculture:

  • Agenda item 12 - Request to reappoint Tom Ikeda as the District 3 representative of the Agricultural Liaison Advisory Committee. All Districts. To learn more click here.
  • Agenda item 13 - Request to reappoint Craig Pritchard to the Agricultural Liaison Advisory Committee as a District 1 Representative. All Districts. To learn more click here.
  • Agenda item 28 - Request to provide staff direction on land use policy development for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Districts 1 and 5. To learn more click here.
To review the entire agenda for the January 26th meeting, click here.
Community News: Deadline Nears for Ag Scholarships
The Community Foundation of SLO will be awarding over $250,000 to more than 60 students in our local area. The application deadline is February 7th, 2021:    
  • Vineyard and Farm Worker’s Scholarship - $1,500 - $10,000 Open to graduating seniors from a San Luis Obispo County or Santa Maria basin high school whose parents are farm workers living or working in San Luis Obispo County. The minimum GPA is 2.8 and the applicant must demonstrate financial need. Click here to apply!   
  • Burt and Virgina Polin Farm Bureau Scholarship - $1,500 Open to graduating seniors from a San Luis Obispo County high school planning to pursue a degree in the field of agriculture at an approved community college or four-year university. Click here to apply!   
  • Richard K. Sauret Viticulture and Enology Scholarship - $12,000  Open to graduating seniors from a San Luis Obispo County high school who plan to major in viticulture or enology at a four-year university. Preference is given to students attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fresno and UC Davis. The applicant must demonstrate financial needClick here to apply!    
Please visit the Community Foundation of SLO for the complete list of scholarships for 2021, ranging in value from $1,000 to $23,000.   
California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation
Apply before February 1, 2021 by clicking here.
  • The California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation was organized to give aid to students with a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. Scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to study agriculture.
Upcoming Harvests! 🍎🍊🍋🍏🍆 Join us on a Glean!

GleanSLO's volunteers rescued over 270,000 lbs of fresh, local produce in 2017 alone, and almost 2 Million pounds since our beginning in 2010! Through the act of harvesting and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger...

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COVID-19 News: SLO County Ag Will Need 6,000+ Vaccines
Farm Bureau continues to represent the agriculture industry on the SLO County COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. You can review minutes and the presentation from this week's meeting.

  • Read the latest info from the County here.
  • Dignity Health will be holding a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion on Feb. 3 from 6-8pm, learn more here.
  • Today, people age 75 or older can make appointments for next week by visiting or by calling the County’s Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444, which is now available 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thank you to the 150+ local agriculture employers who completed our Ag Industry Vaccine survey last week. Initial results show SLO County's ag industry will need about 6,000 vaccines. The timeline for agriculture to receive the vaccine remains unknown, with estimates of March depending on vaccine supply levels.
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Auditor Report: SLO Among Counties Who Got Less Aid

Assessment of the State’s management of federal funds...

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50 Bay Area restaurants, wineries sue Gavin Newsom over...

In their latest fight against the ban on outdoor dining...

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Business Member Spotlight:
The Cliffs Hotel + Spa
We invite you to take in the state’s stunning Central Coast at Pismo Beach. Perched on an oceanfront bluff overlooking a beautiful beach, our hotel features inviting spaces, the area’s premier spa and delicious coastal cuisine. Throughout your visit, you’ll find thoughtful touches and details that create a unique seaside stay. Next door, you’ll find world-class hiking, championship golf courses and some of the world’s best wineries. It all comes together to offer a true coastal escape.

Meet the perfect pit stop on your epic coastal road trip. Located right off the 101 and overlooking the sea you can sip tiki cocktails Oceanside, take a trek down to shell beach and dip your toes in the water or hike the Pismo preserve to take in the most gorgeous scenery the coast has to offer.
2757 Shell Beach Road | Pismo Beach, CA  93449
(805) 773 - 5000
Thank You Farm Bureau Members
New Member
Halcyon Vineyards

Renewing Business Support

Renewing Members
Carl Grieb, JoAnn Jones, Janet Andrews, Johansing Farm LLC, Canyon Creek Ranch, James Green, Wayne Lamb, Mark Jones, Field Gibson, Jerry Reaugh
Government Affairs Updates from California Farm Bureau
American Farm Bureau Sets 2021 Policy Objectives

Farm Bureau delegates voted on policy priorities for 2021...

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The FAA has given approval for commercial drones to fly...

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday finalized ...

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California Eyes Novel Risk-Based Pesticide Fees to Help...

California wants to change the way it charges fees on pesticide sales by switching from...

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Tax & Land News: Who Owns The Most Farmland in the U.S.?
Bill Gates: America's Top Farmland Owner | The Land Report

By ERIC O'KEEFE Call it a hunch, but the story did not jibe. I scanned the headline for the umpteenth time and then read and reread the pertinent details. Something was missing. Either that or I had a screw loose.

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Commentary: Proposition 19 complicates farm property...

Known as The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act of 2020, and passed by California voters last November, Proposition 19 affects taxes on homes and inherited property-and poses ...

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Labor News: Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard became effective on November 30, 2020, and questions from employers, lawyers, and consultants are coming every day. Does it really require you to test your staff twice a week? And to pay people to not work?

Bryan Little with Farm Employers Labor Service and Seth Mehrten of FELS' Group Legal Service Program partner law firm Barsamian & Moody presents a webinar to help you understand how to implement and comply with the Emergency Temporary Standard, and how to protect your employees.

When: January 26, 10 a.m.-noon
For more information, or to register, click here.  
Patrick Moody of Barsamian & Moody and Jason Resnick of Western Growers Association recently presented a 2021 Labor Law Update. This presentation covers new legislation and up-to-date information on COVID-19.

To view the presentation, click here.

Please contact Patrick Moody at 559-248-2360 or with any questions.
Joe Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden plans...

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Biden immigration plan: Undocumented farmworkers could...

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Secretary Perdue statement on H-2A modernization

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Produce News: UCANR - Broccoli Rotations Lower Pathogens
Tiny helpful wasps are coming to save your citrus

To prevent the spread of the devastating citrus greening disease...

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Organic produce sales up 14% in 2020, topping $8.5 billion

MONTEREY, Calif. - Buoyed by a fourth consecutive quarter...

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Arguments slated for Thursday in hydroponics organic case

Oral arguments are set for Thursday in a case addressing...

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Cauliflower's popularity re-emerges

Consumer interest in cauliflower has been re-emerging...

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Broccoli Rotations Lower Pathogen Populations and Reduce ...

In 1999, several UC researchers published ...

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Vineyard & Winery News: New Winery Wastewater Order
Wine Institute Fights for Changes to Winery Wastewater General Order
A coalition of agriculture and wine industry organizations led by the Wine Institute were able to secure several important changes to the State Water Board's winery wastewater general order this week. Noelle Cremers, Wine Institute Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs explained the Board's action and shared a change sheet summarizing the policy changes.

"The change sheet includes some helpful technical changes and created an optional regional groundwater monitoring plan that allows Tier 4 wineries that would otherwise be required to do individual groundwater monitoring for their land application areas to participate in representative regional groundwater monitoring instead. Unfortunately the change sheet did not address our significant concerns around effluent limits for subsurface disposal systems or changing the tier structure for Tier 4 wineries." 

Cremers thanked industry leaders who testified to the Board. "While today was not the outcome we had hoped for, we’ll continue to work with staff to urge a shifting in the Tier structure to find additional cost savings for California wineries." To read a press release from the Board click here.
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The damage to the state's wine companies by last year's fires, according to one industry analyst, may amount to as much as $3.7 billion. That makes it all the more crucial for the wine industry to invest in research to mitigate future destruction.

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Rethinking Online Sales For Premium Wineries:...

Why would a premium Sonoma winery risk selling their Pinot Noir for $18 when usually they sell it for $60? Two reasons. One, it's the same brand but a different Pinot Noir. And two, they're trying to manage COVID. Ana Keller of Keller Estate in...

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Water News: AgNet West - Time is Running out for Further Ag Order 4.0 Revisions
Water games: Madera farmers set to test market - SJV Water

Madera County farmers are getting ready to play what could be the "game" of their livelihoods. The county groundwater sustainability agency will launch a groundwater market simulation, or game, next month as a way for growers to see if selling...

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A dinosaur bone. The footprint of a woolly mammoth. An ancient shell imprinted on a rock in your backyard. These are the images the word "fossil" calls to mind. But, buried deep within the earth, there's another kind of fossil you might not...

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Time is Running Out for Further Ag Order 4.0 Revisions

The deadline to make any further Ag Order 4.0 revisions is quickly approaching. The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is currently working on another draft of the measure. The Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program known as Ag Order...

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Agriculture Trade News: Farmer's Daughter - How The USDA Views Organic Food From Mexico
Farmer's Daughter: How the USDA views organic food from...

What's it like to grow organic produce in Mexico? It isn't something we normally talk much about. But if you purchase organic produce here in the United States, it's a question you should be asking. That's because food grown in Mexico often finds ...

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Wisdom From the Farm & Ranch: "Pards" by Skylar Harwood
No words can express
How ya feel deep inside
Of the blessing God grants us
To cowboy and ride

There’s no other job
Come the end of the day
Where your pride and your lifestyle
Mean more than your pay

There’s jobs where they give ya
A nice car to drive
If bein’ backed up in traffic
Makes you feel alive

But for folks like ourselves
That just ain’t enough
Include laptops and cell phones
And all a’ that stuff

Were spoiled, I know it
Though it’s tough to see
But there’s things more important
To you and to me

Like the privilege of sittin’
There high in your kak
Cinched to your old pard
Lettin’ him have the slack

All the memories made
As your workin’ your spread
“Lord, please let me cowboy.
Or let me be dead”

But of all the great blessings
That come with this life
Most important of course
Is my kids and my wife
Then I have other help
That I won’t fail to mention
Who’s only pay is some vittles
And the slightest attention

Just a scratch on the ear
Or a pay on the head
For my old dog and horse
And to keep em both fed

There’s not a soul as ambitious
As Hank or Ol Blaze
Who’d be as dedicated
To work all their days

They’ve both earned my trust
And when things do get wild
They take care of me
As if I were a child

And for all that they do
I try and be fair
By keepin’ em healthy
For this hard workin’ pair

I keep Ol Blaze shod
And they both getta rest
Though the days are so long
But I’m doin’ my best

We all work together
We have each other’s back
Never draggin’ our tails
Or not pullin’ our slack

And they never complain
They just love what they do
So take care of your pards,
And they’ll take care of you
Farm Bureau Membership Matters
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 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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