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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

January 23, 2023


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Major Disaster Declaration Made for San Luis Obispo County - What Does it Mean for Agriculture?

On January 17, 2023, the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California for severe winter storms was amended to include the County of San Luis Obispo for individual assistance, debris removal, and emergency protective measures. Residents of San Luis Obispo County will now be eligible to apply for Federal financial assistance and public agencies will be eligible to seek reimbursement for the removal of debris.  

The Major Disaster Declaration by President Biden appears to have eliminated the need for an additional disaster declaration by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture based on a documented 30 percent loss of a certain commodity. This is good news for SLO County, as it does not appear SLO County would have met that threshold. For detailed background on the Disaster Declaration process and how it impacts USDA programs, see page 10 of the Farm Service Agency internal guidance document on Disaster Declarations here.  

All farmers and ranchers are still encouraged to submit loss information to the County of San Luis Obispo here. Farm Bureau is here to help. Please contact our office if we can answer any questions at 805-543-3654 or email info@slofarmbureau.org  

Resources for Farmers and Ranchers 

On Friday, January 20, SLO County Farm Bureau met with USDA Farm Service Agency SLO County Executive Director Jeff Sledd and FSA staff for updates. FSA continues to process dozens of cases, and impacted producers who have not already done so should call the FSA office in Templeton as soon as possible to apply for relief funds by calling 805-434-0396. SLO County FSA sent a newsletter out last week with important information, find it here.

Sledd cautioned that FSA must do a site visit in most instances PRIOR to any work being done. FSA is working on getting additional staff resources to conduct site visits in the next 30 days if possible. If repairs like culvert replacement, emergency temporary fencing, repairing ditches in fields, and others are made before FSA completes a site visit, the project will not be eligible for payment. SLO County Farm Bureau will continue to work with USDA staff on opportunities to expedite environmental review procedures that may be allowed because of the Major Disaster Declaration.  

FSA disaster programs include: 

  • Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) - provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including excessive wind and qualifying drought (includes native grass for grazing). 
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) - offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. 
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses due to natural disaster (Note: For the Tree Assistance Program, vineyards that have been completely wiped out can apply now. For vines that were flooded and show damage later, the application for TAP assistance can be done later when the impact is apparent.) 
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) - provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs. 
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) - provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes fence loss. 

Low Interest Loans Available 

Because of the Major Disaster Declaration, farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans through USDA. (Note: This is separate from loans available for all businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration, details below. Farm Bureau will continue to seek more clarity on which specific types of losses should go through USDA instead of the Small Business Administration.)  

USDA emergency loans help you recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine. You have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. You can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000. For more information about emergency loans, contact the USDA Farm Service Agency office in Templeton at 805-434-0396. 

View background information on loan availability from the U.S. Small Business Administration here. Interest rates can be as low as 3.305 percent for businesses. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Storm victims can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, call FEMA at 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA app. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.  

Tax Relief for Storm Victims 

Californians impacted by winter storms are now eligible to claim a deduction for a disaster loss and will have more time to file their taxes. Learn more here.

Debris Disposal Dropoff Sites 

Due to high demand for waste disposal resources, the County of San Luis Obispo will be offering free collection sites throughout the county for storm related debris. Non-storm related debris will not be accepted. Learn more here. Debris collection bins will be deployed on Monday, January 23 and will be available at the following locations and times: 

  • Oceano: Oceano County Airport parking lot. Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 
  • Santa Margarita: Santa Margarita Community Hall parking lot, 22501 I St. Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–12:00PM 
  • Creston: Creston Rodeo Grounds, 6180 Webster Rd. Monday-Saturday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Farmland across San Luis Obispo County ravaged by storms

As a result of the recent heavy rainfall, the Central Coast is hydrated - the hills luscious and green and reservoir levels are getting higher. However, farmers explain that while they are thankful for the rain, it was too much at once.

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SLO County Farm Service Agency January Newsletter - Disaster Relief Information

In this update:

-USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

-How to Document Flood Losses

-San Luis Obispo County is Eligible for Emergency Loans

-Environmental Review Required Before Project Implementation

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Road Closures

(For real-time updates, see map link below) County roads closed as of January 20, 2023 at 5:00 pm: Airport Rd - At crossing Avenales Ranch Rd - Pozo Rd -End of road Buena Vista Dr - Hard @ Near 4445/NEAR 4230 Whole Road to through traffic Bull Canyon - Hwy

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This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Scholarship Applications are Now Available on Our Website
  • County Government: San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to Meet on January 24th
  • State Government: Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Expanded to Three Additional Storm-Impacted Counties
  • Federal Government: AFBF Joins Infrastructure, Housing, Ag Groups to File WOTUS Suit
  • California Farm Bureau News: Capitol Ag Conference is March 27-29
  • Business Member Spotlight: Solterra Strategies
  • Ag Economics: Agricultural and Resource Economics ARE Update- Nov/Dec 2022
  • USDA/CDFA: New USDA Rule Boosts "Organic" Food Oversight, Targets Fraud
  • Featured Member Benefit: Budget Car Rental
  • Environmental: Will California's Transformation to Electric Vehicles Work?
  • Produce: Workshop- Cover Crops: A Leading Strategy for Soil Health & Ag Order 4.0 Compliance
  • Labor: 2023 Labor and Employment Law Update
  • Wildfire: U.S. Earmarks $490 million for Wildfire Prevention
  • Livestock: Ruling on Controversial Prop 12 Expected Soon
  • Vineyard & Wine: Booker Wines' Eric Jensen named 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year
  • Water: 'Out of Our Control': California Farmers Struggle After Recent Atmospheric Rivers

January 16 Most-Read

1.   Rule banning older trucks is a challenge for agriculture

2. San Luis Obispo County Current Emergency Information- ReadySLO

3. California is getting drenched. So why can't it save water for the drought?

4. FSA- What Is The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)?

5. The 13 Food Shortages To Expect In 2023

6. Cal Poly Center for Sustainability January Events & Opportunities

7.  SLO County residents face mud and flood damage after storms

8.  New Year, New Congress

9.  What offshore wind power could mean for California (when turbines eventually start spinning)

10.  Overview of Title II Conservation Programs in the Farm Bill

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Met with Lynette Sonne of Farmstead ED to discuss Agritourism regulatory issues in the county;
  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Committee Meeting;
  • Met with Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Salud Carbajal's office to discuss disaster relief efforts;
  • Participated in an Ag Storm Damage Coordination Call with Grower-Shippers Association of Santa Barbara and SLO County;
  • Attended the SLO County 4-H Board meeting;
  • Nominated a member to serve on the California Farm Bureau's Rural Health and Safety Committee;
  • Reviewed the January 24 SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda;
  • Monitored an Ag Pass webinar on wildfire access programs for ag in California counties;
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on 98.1 KJUG’s Tom & Becky Show; and
  • Met with Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Executive Director Joel Peterson.

Calendar- Upcoming Events:

  • Jan 24: Farm Bureau Board Meeting
  • Jan. 25 at 1:30pm Free Webinar from California Farm Bureau's Farm Employers Labor Service and California Farm Labor Contractors Association - What Does Union Card Check Mean for Employers? Register here.
  • Feb 16: Cover Crops: A Leading Strategy for Soil Health & Ag Order 4.0 Compliance Workshop, 9am-5pm in Monterey, Register here.
  • Feb 28: Farm Bureau Board Meeting

Community: Scholarship Applications are Now Available on Our Website

Scholarship Applications are Now Available on Our Website

Morro Bay 4-H Club seeking community support after their farm was destroyed by floodwaters

The Morro Bay 4-H Club's participation in the California Mid-State Fair is at stake now that their farm was flooded by last week's storms.

The club's farm, located off Highway 1 in Morro Bay, is a special place for many people in the community.

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County Government: San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to Meet on January 24th

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to Meet on January 24th

The meeting will take place at 9:00am and can be viewed live here. The agenda can be found here and additional item documents pertaining to the agenda can be found here.

Agenda Items of Interest to Agriculture:

15 Request to reaffirm the current six At-Large Members and appoint Greg Kwolek as Member Alternate to the Water Resources Advisory Committee of the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. All Districts.

17 Request to approve the 2022 Base Year rate increase of 41.87%, the 2023 Interim Year rate increase for Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 9.10%, and the temporary short-term rate increase of both due to delayed rate implementation, for a total overall rate increase of 82.22% for solid waste collection services provided by Mission Country Disposal for the unincorporated and rural areas of the County of San Luis Obispo, effective on February 1, 2023. Districts 2, 3, 5.

20 Review of the FY 2023-24 Budget Goals and Policies, Budget Balancing Strategies and Approaches, and Board Priorities, and provide direction to staff as necessary. All Districts.

21 Submittal of a resolution to temporarily suspend residency requirements for Board

appointed commissions and committees, where applicable, until the end of 2024 and

allow current appointees to continue to serve regardless of district residency; and

discuss and provide direction on designating a primary supervisor for areas in districts

that are impacted by the redistricting of supervisorial boundaries. All Districts.

22 Request to review and determine the appointments of Board members to various

committees and commissions. All Districts.

27 Request to 1) receive an update on the proposed California Code of Regulations Title 14 revisions; and 2) hold discussion on San Luis Obispo County Code Title 16 driveway access standards. All Districts.

San Luis Obispo City Council to hold community forum

The San Luis Obispo City Council will hold the 2023 Community Forum at the Ludwick Community Center on January 26. The forum will be an in-person meeting that will start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Residents that attend can learn about what efforts are being made to meet community-identified priorities.

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Community survey available for Morro Bay Power Plant Master Plan

The city of Morro Bay is seeking community feedback as part of the development of a Master Plan for the 95-acre Morro Bay Power Plant property via an online survey. The Master Plan will establish a vision and plan for the growth and development of the power plant site and surrounding area.

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State Government: Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Expanded to Three Additional Storm-Impacted Counties

California Farm Bureau's Farm Bureau at Work

January 20, 2022


California Farm Bureau wants to make sure you are aware that all rodenticides are currently under review by U.S.E.P.A and late last year, they a released Proposed Interim Decision, that if fully approved could have substantial impacts on how rodenticides are used moving forward. For example, they will be considered Restricted Use Materials and applicators will need to be certified to apply these products in agricultural settings. Above ground applications will be eliminated and in cropped areas, rangeland, pastureland and fallow land, this change would leave only bait stations for ground squirrels and voles. Restrictions on or within Burrow applications of FGARS and this would eliminate FGAR applications for pocket gophers for much of the year and would eliminate it for some crops (e.g. citrus and alfalfa in certain areas of the state). Carcass searches will now be required every one to two days for at least two weeks after the first application along with PPE changes that will require an APF-10 respirator that will require fit testing for applicators of these products. Finally, it will also require Endangered Species restrictions that will limit applications to bait stations within these species ranges. Closing date for comments is February 13, 2023, and we understand AFBF will be making comments to address proposed mitigation measures that have been outlined above. We will be following this issue very closely along with our federal staff as well.

Newsom budget would cut some money for flood protection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Multiple flood protection projects in California are on hold after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed cutting their funding to help cover a $22.5 billion budget deficit - a decision disappointing environmental advocates as weeks of powerful storms have caused widespread flooding that damaged homes and washed away roads.

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Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Expanded to Three Additional Storm-Impacted Counties

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the White House has added the counties of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration issued to support the state's storm response and recovery efforts, joining the counties of Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz initially approved for assistance this weekend.

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Newsom Touts Future Water Storage

“California isn’t waiting to act – we’re moving aggressively to modernize how we capture and store water to future-proof our state against more extreme cycles of wet and dry,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. ..

Federal Government: AFBF Joins Infrastructure, Housing, Ag Groups to File WOTUS Suit

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News-

January 19, 2023

  • Recent Weather & 2022 Drought Impacts
  • ERP Phase II Reminder
  • Committee Assignments Begin for the 118th Congress
  • WOTUS Rule Published

AFBF Joins Infrastructure, Housing, Ag Groups to File WOTUS Suit

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 17 other organizations announced a legal challenge to the new WOTUS rule Thursday. Micheal Clements shares more on why the groups decided to file the lawsuit. Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation and 17 other organizations are challenging the new Waters of the U.S.

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USDA publishes 'Strengthening Organic Enforcement' final rule

Today, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) final rule, with an effective date of March 20, 2023. This update strengthens oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic products.

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Biden tours beach town damaged by massive California storms

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) - President Joe Biden walked along the splintered boardwalk of this picture-postcard California beach town Thursday and heard from business owners struggling to repair damage to their shops after deadly storms caused devastation across the region and killed more than 20 people statewide.

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Farm Bureau Encouraging Farmers to Respond to Census of Agriculture

Farmers and ranchers have a few weeks left to respond to the Census of Agriculture. Micheal Clements shares more on why your response matters. Clements: The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the nation, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President of Public Policy, Sam Kieffer.

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California Farm Bureau News: Capitol Ag Conference is March 27-29

By The Numbers 2022 Annual Report

Capitol Ag Conference is March 27-29

Farm Bureau President re-elected to national leadership post

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO - California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson has been re-elected to a two-year term as one of six executive board members for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Ag Economics: Agricultural and Resource Economics ARE Update- Nov/Dec 2022

Agricultural and Resource Economics ARE Update- Nov/Dec 2022

California Attorney General Supports USDA Proposal to Protect Competition in the Agriculture Industry

Calls for stronger protections against discrimination and retaliation for small rural farmers January 18, 2023 - OAKLAND - California Attorney General Rob Bonta, as part of a multistate coalition, filed a comment letter in support of a proposed rule by the U.S.

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USDA/CDFA: New USDA Rule Boosts "Organic" Food Oversight, Targets Fraud

New USDA Rule Boosts "Organic" Food Oversight, Targets Fraud

The Agriculture Department on Thursday issued new requirements for foods labeled organic, a move aimed at cracking down on fraud and boosting oversight. The rule strengthens enforcement of the USDA's strict definitions of organic, which must rely on "natural substances and physical, mechanical or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible."

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CDFA awards funding for 2022 CalAgPlate grant program

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $247,956 for organizations to enhance agricultural education and leadership opportunities under the 2022 California Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. The CalAgPlate program is funded with proceeds generated through the sale of special interest, agriculture-themed license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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CDFA Accepting Applications for the 2023 California Underserved and Small Producer (CUSP) Grant Program

By CDFA The 2023 CUSP Drought Relief Technical Assistance and Direct Producer Grant Program is designed to facilitate support for small-and-medium scale California agricultural producers or small-and-medium scale Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR's) through technical assistance with business planning and marketing strategies.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

Renewing Agricultural Members

Nick Guriel, Teixeira Farm Inc, Gary Power, Double H Avocado Ranch, Richard Dennis, Tom Madden, and Ben Higgins

Renewing Business Support Member

Solterra Strategies

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:

Budget Car Rental

Budget Car Rental: Winterized travel deals 

Use your new and improved Farm Bureau discount on Budget car rentals to enjoy a quiet winter vacation before the roads fill up with springtime tourists. Our members receive up to 35% off when booking through here and selecting “Pay Now” at checkout! 

Environmental: Will California's Transformation to Electric Vehicles Work?

Poll finds Americans support sustainable farming practices in Farm Bill

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - As Farm Bill talks get underway, the Walton Family Foundation, in collaboration with Morning Consult, is pointing to recent polling that shows nearly 90% of Americans believe that it is "important to update the agricultural system to encourage sustainable farming practices that support clean water and healthy, productive soil."

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Will California's Transformation to Electric Vehicles Work?

To battle climate change and clean up its severe air pollution, California enacted a historic mandate to replace gasoline cars with zero-emission vehicles within 12 years. But can the transition really happen as quickly as the state requires? And what will it mean for Californians and their economy?

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Activists will attend state hearing on pesticide

Activists from farming communities across the state are inbound for Sacramento on Wednesday to make public comments and protest new pesticide regulations they believe don't properly address the risks to public health. They will make public comments before the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, which announced in November it will update rules surrounding the commercial use of the fumigant pesticide 1,3-Dichloropropene, or Telone, on agricultural sites.

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Produce: Workshop- Cover Crops: A Leading Strategy for Soil Health & Ag Order 4.0 Compliance

Storm damage to Calif. strawberries nears $200m

California strawberry farmers have suffered up to $200 million in damage from wind, rain and floods that have devastated 1,840 acres from Southern California to the Central Coast, an industry group reports. In all, 1,840 acres face catastrophic losses that could reach $200 million from crop, property, and equipment damage, the commission announced Jan.

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Workshop- Cover Crops: A Leading Strategy for Soil Health & Ag Order 4.0 Compliance

Labor: 2023 Labor and Employment Law Update

2023 Labor and Employment Law Update

Storms can mean lost wages for local farmworkers

This month's storms flooded Ventura County's agricultural fields, costing what farmers estimate may be millions of dollars of damage in the form of lost crops and livestock operations. But the rains have also resulted in the loss of much-needed income for the region's farm laborers as lost crops have meant lost wages for families living near the poverty line.

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Do farm workers get paid when it rains this much?

( KRON) - After weeks of rain and snow have been dumped on the West Coast, many farm workers are wondering when they might see a paycheck again. For some of them, it may not be soon. According to Antonio De Loera, Director of Communications for United Farm Workers, a farm workers union, the storms in our area have had a significant impact.

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Wildfire: U.S. Earmarks $490 million for Wildfire Prevention

U.S. Earmarks $490 million for Wildfire Prevention

The United States government is ramping up efforts to protect vulnerable states and at-risk communities from devastating wildfires. The Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that $490 million from President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act will be earmarked for projects to reduce fire risks in parts of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Biden-Harris Administration launches new efforts to address the wildfire crisis

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced expanded efforts to reduce wildfire risk across the western U.S. These investments, made possible through President Biden's landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), will directly protect at-risk communities and critical infrastructure across 11 additional landscapes in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Livestock: Ruling on Controversial Prop 12 Expected Soon

NCBA announces lawsuit against Biden administration WOTUS rule

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the Biden administration's final "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. "The Biden administration's WOTUS definition is an attack on farmers and ranchers and NCBA will be fighting back in court," said NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart.

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Ruling on Controversial Prop 12 Expected Soon

Fully implemented in January 2022, Prop 12 outlines new standards for confinement systems for sows, poultry and veal calves in California. Each breeding sow must have 24 ft2 of space and gestation crates are not permissible. However, it also prohibits any business from selling into California pork meat, veal meat and eggs derived from animals housed in a manner that violates Prop 12 standards.

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Vineyard & Wine: Booker Wines' Eric Jensen named 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year

Cuesta College Plant Science Classes Enrollment Now

Courtesy of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance - Cuesta College 2023 Plant Science classes are now available for enrollment. If you want to gain knowledge about viticulture, soil science, plant science, and plant propagation, and sustainable agriculture contact Plant Science instructor Dean Harrell about taking classes at Cuesta. He is available to talk with prospective students about the classes and show them the plant science facility there on campus. Please see the curriculum one-sheet here. 

What are the pros and cons of rain during the life of a vine?

Rain is on everyone's mind lately, and we're all looking at the forecasts for the coming days and weeks. Grape vines, currently in a stage of dormancy, are largely unaffected right now, but what about the long-term outlook? We talked with five winemakers about the rain.

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The California storms were great for wine

For several days, Jason Haas and his employees at the Tablas Creek Vineyard couldn't reach their vines. The January storms that pummelled California washed out the roads and burst river banks, making even the simplest commute treacherous. Their tasting room closed for four days. But even so, he was thrilled.

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Eric Jensen named 2022 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance's Annual Gala slated for Feb. 2 - On Feb. 2, the Paso Robles wine community will come together to recognize [...]

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Water: 'Out of Our Control': California Farmers Struggle After Recent Atmospheric Rivers

'Out of Our Control': California Farmers Struggle After Recent Atmospheric Rivers

LOS BANOS, Calif. - California will finally get a break from the parade of atmospheric river storms late week, but it might be too late for some crops. Some farmers are working to deal with the consequences of the excess rain.

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Environmental rules stoke anger as California lets precious stormwater wash out to sea

Environmental rules designed to protect imperiled fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have ignited anger among a group of bipartisan lawmakers, who say too much of California's stormwater is being washed out to sea instead of being pumped to reservoirs and aqueducts.

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How will California's water storage hold up in future dry-wet cycles?

California's recent storms have brought record amounts of precipitation but have also revived a perennial debate at the state Capitol over water storage and management. On a levee overlooking the swollen Sacramento River last week, a group of Republican state lawmakers criticized their Democratic colleagues and Governor Gavin Newsom for not prioritizing new projects to capture the deluge.

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5 Ways California is Storing Water from Winter Storms | California Governor

State has committed more than $8.6 billion to build water resilience in the last two budgets and the 2023-24 budget proposal includes an additional $202 million for flood protection SACRAMENTO - California is taking urgent action to protect communities from climate-driven extremes in weather and expand the state's capacity to capture storm runoff in wet years.

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Warming to make California downpours even wetter, study says

As damaging as it was for more than 32 trillion gallons of rain and snow to fall on California since Christmas, a worst-case global warming scenario could juice up similar future downpours by one-third by the middle of this century, a new study says.

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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.

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