San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

January 28, 2022

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'End of an era.' Farm Bureau member Babé Farms posted a picture of their last ever planting of baby purple brussels sprouts this week: "We regret to inform you that we have reached the last planting ever of our Baby Purple Brussels Sprouts. After this planting, the product will be discontinued permanently. ....We sincerely appreciate everyone who has ordered or enjoyed these beautiful Brussels sprouts over the last several years." Photo courtesy of Babé Farms.

California FAIR Plan Expands Insurance Coverage for Commercial Agriculture Properties

Starting February 1, California farmers and ranchers will have new options for property insurance. California Farm Bureau led a lobbying effort last year with Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to expand coverage for commercial agriculture properties that have been dropped in recent years due to growing wildfire risk.

While these are welcome changes, policies remain expensive and often insufficient. SLO County Farm Bureau received an unofficial copy of an internal guidance document this week issued by the California FAIR Plan Association to insurance brokers. Portions of the memo regarding the new insurance coverage are copied below, but property owners should consult with their insurance agent for complete details. 

We are pleased to announce that in accordance with Senate Bill (SB 11), effective February 1, 2022, the FAIR Plan will begin offering coverage for farm buildings and business personal property. Coverage for buildings and property involved in commercial agriculture was previously limited to wineries but has now been expanded to include commercial farming and ranching.

This includes coverage for the following:

  • Barns used for farming operations, packing houses and crop storage
  • Greenhouses
  • Supply shelters and buildings housing equipment
  • Livestock barns and shelters
  • Gift shops and farm offices
  • Brooders
  • Non-owner occupied dwellings used as housing for farm employees (tenant-occupied dwellings not occupied by employees should be covered under a separate Dwelling Fire policy)
  • Machinery and equipment in the open (if permanently affixed to the land)
  • Corrals, pens, and fences (excluding field and pasture fences)
  • Chutes and feed racks
  • Silos
  • Bulk tanks and bins
  • Farming equipment and machinery
  • Finished product ready for sale (packaged and unpackaged)
  • Feed and fertilizer

Coverage remains unavailable for the following:

  • Farm or agricultural products at any stage of processing (not including finished products) such as:
  • Grain, hay, straw, and other crops (in ground, harvested or acquired)
  • Livestock
  • Orchards, fields, and soil
  • Underground irrigation equipment
  • Field and pasture fences
  • Portable buildings or structures
  • Farming vehicles, including those used for harvesting and other farm operations (tractors, combines, hay balers, etc.)
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Commissioner Lara approves new coverage options for farms and agricultural businesses under state's FAIR Plan

Acting to address the growing needs for a competitive insurance market for farmowners, wineries, ranchers and other outdoor agricultural businesses, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Friday approved the FAIR Plan to offer new commercial coverage for farm structure risks starting February 1, 2022.

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This Week In SLO County Agriculture

This Issue Includes: 

  • Community: KSBY - Portion Of Hwy 101 Could Be Named After Former SLO County Assemblyman;
  • Federal Government: SLO County Farm Bureau Submits Comments on Proposed 'Chumash Heritage Marine National Sanctuary'
  • State Government: CBS - New Bill Allows For Hunting Of Destructive Wild Pigs In California Without A Permit;
  • County Government: Board Of Supervisors Meet February 1;
  • Business Member Spotlight: Paso Robles Chevrolet;
  • Labor: Ag Daily - Farm Bureau Fears Vaccine Mandate Will Lead To More Supply-Chain Troubles;
  • Livestock: USDA - USDA Urges Producers To Submit Applications For 2021 Grazing Loss Assistance by Jan. 31.;
  • Wildfire: Napa Valley Register - Proposed State Wildfire Rules Worry Napa County;
  • Vineyard & Wine: AgAlert - Nitrogen Can Be A Friend Or Foe To Growers Of Wine Or Table Grapes;
  • Produce: Food Dive - California Drought Dried Up Avocado Supply In 2021;
  • Environment: The Verge - The Climate Solution in California's Compost and Crops;
  • Water: Morning Ag Clips - AFBF Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Hear Clean Water Act Case; and
  • Tax and Land: Texas Farm Bureau - Farm CPA Offers Tips To Farmers, Ranchers.

January 21st Most Read Stories:

1. San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Website

2. The Bug That Saved California

3. California Cattle Council New Podcast Episode: Livestock Guardian Dogs

4. Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

5. Farmworkers, growers dissatisfied after overtime change

6. Is The California Solar Dream Fading Fast?

7. DWR Releases “Incomplete” Groundwater Sustainability Plan Assessments to Agencies, Initiating 180-day Timeline to Correct Deficiencies

8. Adelaida Historical Foundation

9. California farmworkers now get overtime pay after 8 hours. Some growers say it’s a problem

10. Rewilding California: New $65 million preserve straddles north and south

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Participated in a SLO County Farmworker Outreach Task Force meeting; 
  • Attended a workshop hosted by Preservation, Inc on Ag Order compliance reporting;  
  • Assisted a member with a wildfire insurance issue; 
  • Monitored a Shandon-San Juan Water District meeting; 
  • Represented agriculture on the SLO County Vaccine Task Force meeting; 
  • Made oral comments at the Jan. 25 SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting on Planning & Building Department project priorities;  
  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting; 
  • Monitored the Jan. 26 Paso Basin Cooperative Committee meeting; 
  • Worked with a member and California Farm Bureau staff on SB 856, a proposed change to hog hunting regulations; 
  • Discussed current agriculture issues on the KJUG 98.1 Tom and Becky Show;
  • Attended a webinar discussing efforts to increase capacity in the U.S. meat and poultry supply chain;
  • Participated in the South County Chambers of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee meeting; and
  • Submitted comments on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's proposed Chumash Heritage Marine National Marine Sanctuary.

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Feb. 2 - Young Farmers and Ranchers is having their first social of 2022 on February 2nd at Tent City Beer Company. Going forward, the club plans on having a social on the first Wednesday of every month alternating between North and South County.
  • Feb. 22 - SLO County Farm Bureau Board Meetings are open to all members! The Board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5pm. A remote participation option may be available. Please contact our office to RSVP 805-543-3654.

Community: KSBY - Portion Of Hwy 101 Could Be Named After Former SLO County Assemblyman

Portion of Hwy 101 could be named after former SLO County Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian

A portion of Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County could be named after late Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. Current Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham has introduced the legislation for the portion of Highway 101 between Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande that, if passed, would be named the "Katcho Achadjian Memorial Highway."

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Winners of the 2022 Small Farm Innovation Challenge - CAFF

With community-scaled ingenuity at heart, the winners of this year's Small Farm Innovation Challenge offer solutions for local agriculture. In its second year, the Challenge sought submissions from around the world for innovations that can help solve the unique challenges facing small farms and local food systems...

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Federal Government: SLO County Farm Bureau Submits Comments on Proposed 'Chumash Heritage Marine National Sanctuary'

California Farm Service Agency January Newsletter

Happy New Year! I am Blong Xiong, FSA State Executive Director in California and I'm looking forward to working with the farmers, ranchers, stakeholders, and FSA staff across the state. I have an extensive background representing underserved communities, businesses and agricultural producers and I'm looking forward to building on that ...

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Firefighters, ag employees get a pay bump

Some Agriculture Department employees will see a pay bump at the end of the monthas part of President Joe Biden's move to increase the federal minimum wage. - In a visit to California on Friday, Biden administration officials rolled out more fundingfor natural disaster restoration projects and wildfire mitigation.

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Secret Acres: Foreign-owned agricultural land inaccurately tracked by government

Gray's National Investigative Team is covering issues surrounding transparency in agriculture. Click here to watch and read Secret Subsidies , which covers the secrecy surrounding farm subsidies in the United States. If you have story ideas or tips regarding transparency ...

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Retaliatory tariffs reduced U.S. agricultural exports annually by $13.2 billion; impacts were concentrated in Midwestern States

In 2018, six U.S. trading partners-Canada, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, and Turkey-announced retaliatory tariffs affecting agricultural and food products.

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WSJ: Omicron Brings Renewed Strain to U.S. Food System * Farm Policy News

Jesse Newman and Jaewon Kang reported on the front page of Monday's Wall Street Journal that, "The U.S. food system is under renewed strain as Covid-19's Omicron variant stretches workforces from processing plants to grocery stores, leaving gaps on supermarket shelves."

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Caifornia Farm Bureau: This Week in Federal Policy News

January 27, 2022

Members of the CA Delegation Call on Biden-Harris Administration for Emergency Port Action

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SLO County Farm Bureau Submits Comments On Proposed 'Chumash Heritage Marine National Sanctuary'

What is bioengineered food? An agriculture expert explains

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines bioengineered food as food that "contains detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques that cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature."

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State Government: CBS - New Bill Allows For Hunting Of Destructive Wild Pigs In California Without A Permit

Help us shape agriculture policy by representing San Luis Obispo County on California Farm Bureau's Issue Advisory Committees (IAC). This is where all of our grassroots policies start. You don't have to be an expert on policy, just share your perspectives.

Read about the 5 different IACs here. IACs will meet over two days, March 14th and March 16th with individual meeting dates listed here. We will be meeting in person at the Hilton Arden West (subject to change due to COVID protocols). We will also be hosting Capitol AG Conference on March 15th between the IAC sessions, and we encourage all IAC nominees to attend that event as well. Farm Bureau covers all costs of travel and lodging.  

California Farm Bureau Sponsoring AB 1689 to Address Agricultural Drone Operator Licensing

AB 1689 modernizes and streamlines the licensing process for operators of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, while maintaining the same level of safety and environmental protections as in statute today regarding pesticide applications. This bill will help remove the bottleneck which is currently preventing trained and qualified UAS pilots from operating in California, and helps to clear regulatory misalignment that prevents the adoption of precision agriculture technology.

New Bill Allows For Hunting Of Destructive Wild Pigs In California Without A Permit

NAPA (CBS13) - A new bill looks to stop the spread of wild pigs throughout California. The goal is to prevent damage and potential illnesses coming from swine. Shawn Chittim owns SC2 Outfitters, a company that creates hunting experiences.

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Farm Bureau pleased with delaying Prop 12, saying CA rushed the process

The Farm Bureau is reacting to a judge's decision that temporarily halts California's Prop 12. Zippy Duvall says that he is pleased with the decision.

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California Farm Bureau's Legislative & Governmental Affairs Report - Jan. 28

County Government: Board Of Supervisors Meet February 1


San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, February 1.

Review the agenda items here and watch the meeting here. Items of interest to agriculture include: 

  • Item 1 - Request to: 1) set a hearing to consider a Temporary Commercial Outdoor Entertainment License Application from Spartan Race, Inc. for an event to be held at Santa Margarita Ranch and 2) direct the Clerk of the Board to publish notice of the hearing and send notice to neighboring properties, as specified in County Code. Hearing set for February 15, 2022. District 5; and
  • Item 9 - Submittal of a resolution proclaiming February 2022 as "National Meat Month" in San Luis Obispo County. All Districts.

Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg announces bid for District 3 seat

San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg announced Wednesday that she will run for the District 3 seat this June....

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San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Advance Work On Ordinances Of Interest To Agriculture At January 25 Meeting

On January 25, SLO County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to advance work on a list of ordinances of interest to agriculture. The Department of Planning and Building will prioritize work on the following:

  • Urban Small Wineries Ordinance
  • Craft Distilleries Ordinance
  • Rural Camping Ordinance (Hipcamp-style businesses)

San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau made oral comments to the Supervisors asking to prioritize work on the Rural Camping Ordinance. To review the staff report and background documents on Agenda Item 24 click here and watch a video replay here.

Business Member Spotlight:

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When you’re looking for quality auto maintenance and repairs near Paso Robles, you can always count on the professional technicians in our Chevrolet service department as well, where we handle everything from oil changes and filter replacements to powertrain and drivetrain repairs. Schedule an appointment today, or purchase parts from us to handle maintenance and repairs on your own!

Lots of folks in Paso Robles count on the high-quality vehicles and services found at Paso Robles Chevrolet, and we look forward to living up to our reputation every day. Stop in and see us today, or contact our staff with any questions!

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

New Members

John Gardner and Taylor Castanon

Renewing Members

Bee Sweet Citrus Inc, Cara Crye, Tom Madden, VR Group, Danilu Ramirez, Vineyard Professional Services

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Labor: Ag Daily - Farm Bureau Fears Vaccine Mandate Will Lead To More Supply-Chain Troubles

California COVID Paid Sick Leave Returning in 2022

From California Farm Bureau staff- On January 25, Governor Newsom and Senate President ProTem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced agreement in principal to renew the requirement that expired in September 2021 for California employers to provide paid sick leave for employees experiencing COVID-19. While details remain scarce, it appears the legislation that would be enacted through early budget bills would require employers of 26 or more to offer up one week of paid sick leave for their own COVID-related illnesses, a second week if the employee or family member tests positive, with limitations on availability for receiving a COVID vaccination, illness resulting from vaccination, or other purposes. Employers would be required to provide testing and pay for it if it is not otherwise paid for, though this is already imposed by the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS. Employees who refuse testing or refuse to share test results with their employers would be ineligible for the second week of leave.

Farm bureau-sponsored study predicts proposed agricultural overtime would be detrimental to industry

As Oregon legislators again consider mandating overtime for farmworkers, the report found most employers wouldn't be able to absorb the costs. A University of Oregon political economist...

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What's in the California paid sick leave deal for workers and businesses?

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agree to restore California paid sick leave for COVID-19. Here's what you need to know. California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-related sick leave, under a deal announced...

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Farm Bureau fears vaccine mandate will lead to more supply-chain troubles

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide, the Department of Homeland Security will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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SLO County Farm Bureau member Morris & Garritano released an updated toolkit to address the most current COVID-19 workplace safety regulations and public health guidance applicable to California employers. Should you need additional assistance, please contact their office at 805-543-6887 or email

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Chemigation- Another Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Tool Webinar.

Following the pesticide label to ensure proper chemigation injection techniques, is a safe and reliable method to apply pesticides when done correctly.

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February 2, 2022 Webinar: CalSavers Sign-Up Deadline Coming Soon: Are You Ready? 

CalSavers, California's mandatory employee opt-out retirement savings program is gradually being applied to smaller and smaller employers; in June 2020, employees of 5 or more employees will be mandated to register with CalSavers if they are not already furnishing their employees with an IRS tax-favored retirement savings option. Jonathan Herrera, Outreach & Marketing Manager for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program will brief attendees on the CalSavers program, employer registration, and employer responsibilities.

Paul Yossem, Regional Vice President Private Sector Retirement Plans for California Farm Bureau Premier Partner Nationwide, will inform attendees about the California Farm Bureau’s Multiple Employer Plan (MEP), partnering with Nationwide to exclusively offer to CAFB agricultural members. 

February 2, 2022, 10 AM (Zoom)

Register here. Cost? FREE!

February 7 & 14, 2022: New Ag Employment Requirements for 2022: 2022 brings new requirements for California agricultural employers. What do you need to know to be in compliance?

Please join FELS for this unique hybrid in-person presentation at Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and Zoom for on on-line audience! FELS Chief Operating Officer Bryan Little will brief you on important legislative actions taken by the California Legislature in 2021 impact ag employers. Carl Borden of California Farm Bureau's Legal Affairs Division will review changes in the California minimum wage and overtime requirements for ag employees that will become effective for employers of 25 or fewer employees in 2022. Paul Yossem of Nationwide (invited) will inform you of the upcoming June 2022 deadline to enroll your business with the CalSavers employee retirement savings program and an alternative offered by Nationwide for Farm Bureau members. Last, Seth Merhten of Farm Employers Labor Service Group Legal Services Program partner Barsamian & Moody will walk you the ever-evolving Cal/OSHA ETS and changes that will become effective in January 2022.

February 7 & 14, 2022, 10 AM (Zoom)

Register here for February 7; here for February 14. Cost? FREE!

Employers Required to Post 2021 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses on February 1

California employers who had at least 11 employees at any time in 2021 are required to post their 2021 annual summary of work-related illnesses and injuries, including any related to COVID-19, in a readily accessible workplace location at every worksite. The Form 300A must remain posted from February 1 until April 30. You can find form templates and instructions here.

An agricultural employer with more than 20 employees at any time in 2020 must between Jan. 2 and March 2 submit to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration Injury Tracking Application Form 300A data for 2021 no later than March 2. You can find more information about this requirement here.

Livestock: USDA - USDA Urges Producers To Submit Applications For 2021 Grazing Loss Assistance by Jan. 31.

Wolf Discussion With Colorado Parks And Wildlife After Rancher Loses 2 Cattle In 2 Days

WALDEN, Colo. (CBS4) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to Don Gittleson's ranch the same day CBS4 Mountain Newsroom Reporter Spencer Wilson did to begin their investigation into the cow found dead, presumably by wolves.

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Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed

America's independent cattle ranchers say major corporations in the beef industry are squeezing them out - and that the Biden administration is letting it happen. President Biden issued a sweeping executive order in July directing federal agencies to address anti-competitive behavior by big meatpacking companies.

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USDA Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach

You’re invited to the USDA meeting, Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach: Socially Disadvantaged, Veteran, and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Development, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 pm EST.

The meeting is hosted by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement and the USDA Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The meeting will focus on the Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach program, which is the combination of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program).


This event will be conducted virtually using Click here to register! If you have any questions, please contact Alex Cordova at

Angus Foundation Heifer Package sells for $50,000

PUBLISHED ON OKLAHOMA CITY - Since 1980, the Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been sold to generate unrestricted funds to support its mission of youth, education and research. This year, Brumfield Angus Farms of Sawyer, Mich. purchased the Foundation Heifer Package, donated by Tehama Angus Ranch of Gerber, Calif.

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USDA Urges Producers to Submit Applications for 2021 Grazing Loss Assistance by Jan. 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds ranchers and livestock producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2021 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2021 LFP assistance is Jan. 31, 2022.  Learn more here.

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Wildfire: Napa Valley Register - Proposed State Wildfire Rules Worry Napa County

Proposed state wildfire rules worry Napa County

Napa County fears proposed California wildfire safety rules might thwart some fire victims from rebuilding homes and some wineries from making even small expansions. The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection wants to make certain people can flee fires and firefighters can reach fires. Long, narrow rural roads and driveways have become an issue.

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Wineries, farms eligible for last-ditch California insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Napa wineries and others hard-hit by massive wildfires in California's wine country and elsewhere will soon be able to tap into the state's insurance plan of last resort, officials said Friday. Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, wine growers and other outdoor businesses that were previously ineligible for coverage will be eligible starting Feb.

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Vineyard & Wine: AgAlert - Nitrogen Can Be A Friend Or Foe To Growers Of Wine Or Table Grapes


Nitrogen can be a friend or foe to growers of wine or table grapes. 

January 26, 2022  

By Dennis Pollock, AgAlert 

Too much of it can delay maturity. Too little limits berry size and can affect berry chemistry and color. 

Too much can also result in a dense canopy that enhances disease pressure and impair quality. Feeding grapes certain amounts of nitrogen at the right time—whether in the winery or the vineyard—can enhance the taste, appearance and other qualities of the finished wine. 

Those are insights of Matthew Fidelibus, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture, and Tian Tian, a UCCE viticulture farm advisor in Kern County. 

At a recent UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Winter Grape Day, Fidelibus discussed vineyard monitoring that includes tissue sampling. 

He described current research on Flame Seedless, a table grape variety on Freedom rootstock that showed very low petiole nitrate levels. Nitrates in the groundwater were low, and there was a sparse canopy. 

In most studies, the average was 3 pounds of nitrogen per ton of fruit harvested, Fidelibus said. The aim was to replace the nitrogen in the fruit. Fruit uses 40% of nitrogen that is accumulated, he said, and the rest is used in leaves and stems, which remain in the vineyard after harvest... 

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Bozzano & Co. 2021 Year In Review

As Bozzano & Co. steps into 2022, my team and I are feeling tremendous gratitude for our clients who have entrusted us with their bulk wine and grape needs, especially during such an unprecedented year as 2021.

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One of the world's largest wine industry events begins in Sacramento - with no wine tastings

Liz Avalos, left, and Lisa Brand of Lodi examine wine bottles displayed during the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Sacramento Bee file One of the largest wine industry trade shows in the world began Tuesday in Sacramento.

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Annual 'Rhone Rangers Experience' returns Sunday, Feb. 20

The national Rhone Rangers will host the 14th annual "Rhone Rangers Experience" on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Paso Robles. A full day is planned during the annual Presidents' Weekend event, including a "Rhone Essentials" seminar, vintners luncheon, grand tasting of 200+ wines...

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Produce: Food Dive - California Drought Dried Up Avocado Supply In 2021

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Citrus harvest falls in challenging year

California's citrus groves look remarkably different than they did last year, when a record crop weighed down mandarin trees and navel oranges stayed on trees late into the summer months due to shipping issues at congested ports.

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California drought dried up avocado supply in 2021

First published on A historic drought in California dried up the avocado supply and pushed up prices last year, executives with fruit supplier Limoneira told analysts this month. Limoneira sold just 3,000 pounds of avocados...

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Free weekly organic agriculture seminars for growers

PUBLISHED ON DAVIS, Calif. - Growers are invited to attend free organic agriculture seminars hosted by UC Cooperative Extension. Lunchtime seminars will be offered on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m...

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Environment: The Verge - The Climate Solution in California's Compost and Crops

Farm Bureau, Ag Coalition Comment on Role of Pesticides, Organic Production in California Air Resources Board Climate Plan Proposals

As reported by Agri-Pulse this week, California Farm Bureau submitted comments on four modeling scenarios put forward by the Air Resources Board regarding natural and working lands' role in implementing AB 32 Climate Scoping Plan. Read the comment letter here.

The climate solution in California's compost and crops

Scaling up composting, tree-planting, and other sustainable agricultural practices in California could trap about a quarter of the state's annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, according to a new report.

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Can farmers reverse climate change through carbon farming?

American Enterprise Institute - Jan. 3, 2022

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Water: Morning Ag Clips - AFBF Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Hear Clean Water Act Case

Five Facts About the United States Drought Monitor

This is likely no surprise to you, but drought persists across the western U.S. and is intensifying in some areas. No geographic area is immune to the potential of drought at any given time. The provides a weekly drought assessment, and it plays an important role in USDA programs that help farmers and ranchers recover from drought.

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AFBF applauds Supreme Court decision to hear Clean Water Act case

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, which challenges EPA's overreach of its Clean Water Act jurisdiction. "AFBF is pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the important issue of what constitutes 'Waters of the U.S.'

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Proposed ballot measure to build more California dams, desalination projects likely to be withdrawn due to lack of money and signatures

Despite California's drought, a proposed statewide November ballot measure to speed up the construction of new dams and other large water projects - and provide billions of dollars to fund them - has fallen short in its fundraising goals and is likely to be withdrawn by early next week.

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WEBINAR: How do you run a GSA?- A review of choices made by critically overdrafted basins

Join Mavens Notebook, the Local Government Commission, and Fresno State on Feb 1 at 12:00 pm to hear the key findings and recommendations of Fresno State's newly released SGMA Governance ...

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Webinar: SB 88 Water Measurement and Reporting Update

Last year, legislation altered the due dates for water measurement and use reporting required annually of all California water diverters, commonly referred to as SB 88 regulations. In 2022, reports for all water diversions will be due April 1, and will be due February 1 of each subsequent year.

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Australian and Californian water laws - can we learn from one another?

In most jurisdictions, water rights are the backbone of the framework that regulates the use and development of water resources. The role of water rights is especially important in areas of water scarcity.

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Tax and Land: Texas Farm Bureau - Farm CPA Offers Tips To Farmers, Ranchers

Farm CPA offers tips to farmers, ranchers

By Jennifer Whitlock Field Editor A recent webinar hosted by Farm Journal featuring The Farm CPA Today's Paul Neiffer offered practical insights to tax situations for farmers and ranchers.

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