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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

July 1, 2022


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Final Mid-State Fair Preparations In Full Swing

Local 4-H and FFA chapters finish their last minute preparations before California Mid-State Fair's livestock competition begins on July 20th. One of these groups, SLO FFA Beef Group (pictured above) has been working hard practicing for showmanship and getting their cattle ready for the show ring (Instagram: @sanluisobispoffa). 

Many of these animals that will be shown throughout fair will be auctioned off on Saturday, July 30th at the Junior Livestock Sale. Perspective buyers: keep your eyes open for buyers letters coming in the mail,  and check the Mid-State Fair website for the 2022 Buyer's Guide that will be coming soon .

Come swing by the sale and say hello to SLO County Farm Bureau!

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Cost of July 4th Cookout 17% Higher Compared to Year Ago
  • County Government: Primary Election Results Solidify with Latest Count
  • State Government: Insurance Commissioner - Notice of Investigative Hearing into the California Fair Plan Association
  • Federal Government: Glyphosate: A Timeline of a Pesticide's Rise and Legal Cases
  • Business Member Spotlight: Madonna Inn
  • USDA: USDA Introduces New Commodities and Features Available on Its Market News App
  • Ag Economics: More Supply-Chain Disruptions Are Coming
  • Featured Member Benefit: Great Wolf Lodge
  • Avocado: Agronometrics in Charts: Commemorating ten years of the California Avocado Month
  • Environmental: Not Enough or too Far? California Climate Plan Pleases Few
  • Produce: Specialty Crop Producers to Receive Food Safety Assistance from USDA
  • Labor: Respiratory Protection Webinar Offered through Farm Bureau Extension Series
  • Wildfire: Catalytic converter determined to be the cause of 375-acre Camino Fire
  • Livestock: USDA Cold Storage Survey's Importance to Livestock Producers
  • Vineyard & Wine: Vote for Paso Robles Wine for USA Today's Readers' Choice Poll
  • Water: World's largest carrot growers are draining a California groundwater basin. Now they're suing

June 24 Most-Read

1. Farm, business groups call for action on water projects

2. Paso groundwater basin gets revised sustainability plan 

3. How to Control

California Ground Squirrels: A Free Workshop for Commercial Agriculture 

4. Waters of the U.S. rule needs clarity, farm groups say

5. How the Push for Farmworker Housing is Hindered by Persistent Myths

6. Feds float nuclear aid criteria changes to accommodate Diablo Canyon

7. Number of U.S. farms continues slow decline as farm size slowly rises; overall land used remains constant

8. Congress wants to save California’s giant sequoias from worsening wildfires

9.  More than 90% of Rural Bankers Expect Recession

10.  Mission Produce looks south amid Mexican supply uncertainty

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Participated in the SLO County Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board June 27 meeting;
  • Continued developing comments  on the Paso Basin Land Use Planting Ordinance Environmental Impact Report;
  • Discussed the SLO County Private Land Camping Ordinance with ag stakeholders;
  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting;
  • Monitored the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Statewide Pesticide Use Workshops on June 27, 28, 29; 
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am);
  • Prepared bios for the Cattleman, Cattlewoman, and Agriculturalist of the Year awards for Cattlemen and Farmer’s Day;
  • Participated in a CFBF meeting to discuss the Department of Pesticide regulations; and
  • Hosted local agriculture agencies (NRCS, FSA, UC Extension) for quarterly meeting.

Upcoming Events:

  • July 21 - Cattlemen and Farmers Day at Mid-State Fair
  • July 29-31- State Young Farmers and Ranchers Summer Leaders Meeting
  • July 30 - Junior Livestock Sale at Mid State Fair, (volunteers needed from 9am-2pm)

Community: Cost of July 4th Cookout 17% Higher Compared to Year Ago

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Let freedom ring this 4th of July in SLO CAL! Whether searching for family-fun, live music or a spectacular firework show, SLO CAL has it all. Check out these awesome events celebrating Independence Day and kick back beneath firework-strewn skies.

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Coastal RCD is Hiring an Environmental Resource Specialist

Cuesta College Community Education Classes For Farmers & Ranchers

Cost of July 4th Cookout 17% Higher Compared to Year Ago

U.S. consumers will pay $69.68 for their favorite Independence Day cookout foods, including cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, based on a new American Farm Bureau Federation marketbasket survey. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $69.68, which breaks down to less than $7 per person.

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Table to Farm Dinner- SLO Co Farm Trail

We are thrilled to share the menu for the upcoming fundraiser Table to Farm Dinner in the Greenhouse at Clearwater Color Nursery in Los Osos! 


The evening starts with bubbles & bites and a tour of the beautiful green houses, led by owners Elliot and Megan Paulson. 

From seedlings to salad, you will learn how their gardens grow. A sip & graze station will pop-up midway through the tour to get your taste buds flowing, then on your way to "House #2" where you will experience the season's freshest, prepared by SLO's Finest. All food is being curated locally along the SLO Co Farm Trail, and local libations will be paired with each course.

Open Farm Days- July 16 and 17

There are  still tickets available for the 2nd annual Open Farm Days on the SLO Co Farm Trail. One-of-a-kind tours, tastings, pop-ups will offer behind the barn access to the moo-vers and shakers of the San Luis Obispo agriculture scene.

Tickets sold out last year so buy yours fast! Tickets can be found here!

County Government: Primary Election Results Solidify with Latest Count

Primary election results solidify with latest count

Following the largest single day of vote counting of the past three weeks, the June 7 primary election results are finally solidifying in San Luis Obispo County. With 97 percent of the vote in, 4th District county supervisor candidate Jimmy Paulding is keeping his narrow lead over incumbent Lynn Compton-a 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent edge equating to 732 votes.

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Judge allows League of Women Voters to join redistricting lawsuit

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County officially got the green light to join the citizen-led lawsuit challenging SLO County's new redistricting map, following a June 17 court ruling.

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Former Bookkeeper Ginger Lee Mankins Ordered to Pay $1,304,524 in Restitution

Author: District Attorney Date: 6/27/2022 5:00:58 PM District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that former Arroyo Grande resident Ginger Lee Mankins (DOB 11/30/64) has been ordered to pay restitution to Rick Machado Livestock in the amount of $1,304,524.

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State Government: Insurance Commissioner - Notice of Investigative Hearing into the California Fair Plan Association

California Farm Bureau's Farm Bureau at Work - 

Legislative & Government Affairs Report from Sacramento

July 1 Highlights (Full Report Here)

AB 2201 (Steve Bennett, D-Ventura) would prohibit a groundwater well permitting agency from approving a permit for a new groundwater well, or for an alteration to an existing well in a basin subject to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) unless they receive written verification from the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) that manages the basin. Additionally, AB 2201 would require the local permitting agency to post the well permit application on its website for at least 30 days before approving the permit. The measure exempts domestic wells pumping less than 2 acre-feet per year and public water supply wells. AB 2201 passed out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this week 3-2, with Senators Hertzberg, Durazo and Weiner voting against Committee Chair Caballero’s recommendation. Senator Nielsen voted no with the Chair. AB 2201 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure, in large part, is now crafted after the Governor’s Drought Executive Order issued March 28th, an order that has already cause significant confusion between the GSAs and local well permitting agencies. Farm Bureau has met with Assemblymember Bennett and his staff to express our concerns. Until the Executive Order has time to sort out the many questions that have surfaced it is premature to lock its provisions into the California Water Code by enacting AB 2201. Farm Bureau is opposed and working with a large diverse coalition.

California tax relief: What's in the deal

After weeks of talks, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announce a tax relief plan that includes refunds of as much as $1,050. It is part of a $300 billion budget deal announced Sunday night. Gov.

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California may rescue its last nuclear power plant - and give PG&E millions to do it

A bill under consideration by the Legislature would pave the way for California lawmakers to extend the life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the state's last nuclear facility, past its scheduled closure. The energy trailer bill negotiated by Gov.

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Insurance Commissioner:  Notice of Investigative Hearing into the California Fair Plan Association

Date, Time and Location

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

The investigatory hearing shall continue until all in attendance wishing to provide comments have commented, or 5:00 p.m.

Location: California Department of Insurance

1901 Harrison Street, 3rd Floor - Room # 30000

Oakland, California 94612

Register to Attend (In-Person or Virtual)

Please use the following link to register here.

Legislature considers carbon sequestration goals for ag

From Agri-Pulse Daybreak West for June 30, 2022 

A separate Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure to set aggressive carbon sequestration goals on natural and working lands.


An agricultural coalition stood in opposition, with California Farm Bureau’s Taylor Roschen arguing this would swing the state’s climate goals too far in the opposite direction. Roschen agreed that the potential of sequestration has been undervalued, but reasoned that addressing this is not the role of lawmakers but of the Air Resources Board as it updates California’s Climate Scoping Plan.


She argued the bill’s ambitious targets are based on unreliable studies that don’t factor in the many crises facing farmers—from drought to input costs and the loss of prime farmland. Roschen also worried about layering another system over CARB’s, leaving out voluntary carbon markets and stymying private investment.


On that note: During a recent CARB hearing on the draft Climate Scoping Plan update, Roschen pushed back on staff recommendations to convert 20% of agriculture to organic by 2045. She worried about forcing an oversupply of organic products and removing the financial benefit to farmers from converting to organic.

Federal Government:  Glyphosate: A Timeline of a Pesticide's Rise and Legal Cases

California Farm Bureau Federal Policy News  -  June 30

  • USDA's Emergency Relief Program Payments Now at $4 Billion
  • Endangered Species Act Update - Definition of Habitat
  • Changes to ESA Experimental Population Regulations, Species Reintroduction Proposed
  • Senators Feinstein and Padilla Urge USDA to Support Farmers Hurt by Shipping Delays
  • USDA Secretary Issues Memorandum Directing Assessment and Actions on National Forestlands
  • Bipartisan Save Our Sequoias Act Introduced in House
  • House Committee Examines Dairy Priorities in the Farm Bill
  • Industry Letter of Support for the Beagle Brigade Act
  • AFBF Drought Survey Still Open!

U.S. Supreme Court again nixes Bayer challenge to weedkiller suits

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected another Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) bid to dismiss litigation alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer as the German pharmaceutical and chemical giant tries to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages.

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Glyphosate: A timeline of a pesticide's rise and legal cases

One of agriculture's chief inputs is not only a mainstay in the field, it's had its fair share of trips to the courtroom as well. Glyphosate, a chemical that was first used to clean out mineral deposits in pipes and boilers, is commonly used as an herbicide to protect a farmer's crops from being overtaken by noxious weeds.

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Bill Would Ban US Foes From Owning Farmland

Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran would be banned from owning U.S. agricultural land under legislation just advanced by a House panel. It was the second try for House appropriators after they failed last year to get the Senate to agree to a ban on foreign ownership of U.S.

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Cost of Fuel an Additional Stressor for Farmers and Ranchers

Increased fuel prices for farmers and ranchers come at a time when all other inputs are higher, impacting their bottom line. Micheal Clements shares more on what they can do to help manage the issue. Clements: USDA estimates show that the cost of fuel, lube and electricity is expected to increase 34 percent in 2022 compared to 2021.

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Business Member Spotlight:

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn is world renowned for its 110 uniquely themed guest rooms and hot pink décor. Located in the city of San Luis Obispo, and halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Madonna Inn is nestled on a beautiful 1,000-acre ranch. A paved walking and biking path connects Madonna Inn to nearby downtown San Luis Obispo. Hotel guests can enjoy complimentary tennis, basketball, and garden games. All visitors can take advantage of onsite hiking, dining, and boutique shopping. 

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USDA: USDA Introduces New Commodities and Features Available on Its Market News App

SLO County FSA Seeking Candidates

San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency, a division of the USDA, is seeking candidates to run for election to sit on the County Committee, its board of elected farmers who administer FSA programs. Nominations are underway for a board representative for the southern part of San Luis Obispo County known as Local Administrative Area 1 (LAA-1). This area includes Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, and the Edna Valley. Eligible nominees must farm in San Luis Obispo County and live in LAA-1. Nominations must be received in the FSA office no later than August 1, 2022. For more information follow this link County Committee Elections - 2022 and contact Jeff Sledd at the San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency office at 805-434-0396 ext. 2 or by email at Jeffrey.Sledd@usda.gov.

To nominate yourself or someone else, complete this form and return it to the FSA office. 2022 Nomination Form for County FSA Committee Election (PDF)

Vilsack Announces Bioproduct Pilot Program Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Secretary Vilsack announced the USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden's historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials. This press release was first published at usda.gov.

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USDA Introduces New Commodities and Features Available on Its Market News App

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that additional commodities and features are now available on the free USDA Market News App, which provides producers and others along the supply chain with instant access to market information about conventional and organic products.

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Ag Economics: More Supply-Chain Disruptions Are Coming

Opinion | More Supply-Chain Disruptions Are Coming

Things look as if they're almost back to normal at the West Coast ports at the heart of the great supply-chain disruption that began rolling across the U.S. last year. But a new wave of disruption might soon come crashing down.

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Cost of a home-grilled cheeseburger up 21 cents from 2021

For Fourth of July cookouts this year, cheeseburgers could cost more than they did in 2021. In May 2022, the ingredients for a home-prepared 1/4-pound cheeseburger totaled $2.07 per burger, with ground beef making up the largest cost at $1.20 and cheddar cheese accounting for $0.35.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

New Members

DAOU Vineyards

Renewing Members

Edward Myers, Robert Morrison, William Alley, Leslie Stemper, Madonna Inn,  

Kirk Consulting, Robert Gannon, Full Sail Farm,  Nancy Kimmell, Bob Keulen, Mark Zohns, and  Marilyn Quaid

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

As a Farm Bureau member, you can SAVE UP TO 30% on your next stay at any Great Wolf Lodge locations in the U.S. You're going to love winding down waterslides, dining in themed restaurants and building family traditions. 

Avocado: Agronometrics in Charts: Commemorating ten years of the California Avocado Month

Slow, Methodical Planting Ensures Avocado Trees Are Healthy

In a recent blog post, Dr. Ben Faber focuses on the importance of taking a measured approach when planting new avocado trees. In the post he elaborates on the importance of properly testing and preparing the soil, and once that has been completed ensuring the tree is planted at the proper depth.

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Agronometrics in Charts: Commemorating ten years of the California Avocado Month

In this installment of the 'Agronometrics In Charts' series, Sarah Ilyas studies the state of the California avocado season. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.

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Environmental: Not Enough or too Far? California Climate Plan Pleases Few

Deal is close on recycling California's plastic trash

A bill negotiated by environmentalists, the plastics industry and lawmakers appears likely to keep a California recycling measure off the ballot. The bill passed a key committee Tuesday, two days before the deadline to withdraw the ballot initiative. Deal or no deal? Most likely, deal.

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Environmental groups sue Biden administration for resuming oil and gas lease sales

A coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday sued the Biden administration over its approval of oil and gas lease sales in four Western states. The lease sales in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Utah mark the first since the administration temporarily froze new lease sales on federal lands in January 2021.

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Not enough or too far? California climate plan pleases few

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Heat waves and drought gripping California highlight the urgency to slash fossil fuel use and remove planet-warming emissions from the air, a top state official said Thursday during discussions of a new plan for the state to reach its climate goals.

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2022 California Leopold Conservation Award Seeking Nominees

California climate rules won't be undercut by Supreme Court's ruling, experts say

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to drastically limit the power of the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate planet-warming emissions upsets environmentalists, but experts say it doesn't necessarily pose a threat to California's ability to maintain its own stringent greenhouse gas reduction rules. The 6-3 vote in the West Virginia v.

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Produce: Specialty Crop Producers to Receive Food Safety Assistance from USDA

Specialty Crop Producers to Receive Food Safety Assistance from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA) intends to make up to $200 million in assistance available to specialty crop producers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced plans to provide funding support for certain on-farm food safety expenses. USDA's new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will assist operations with food safety certification and related expenses in calendar years 2022 and 2023.

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Growers feel shortchanged with sustainability efforts

Growers say they didn’t undertake sustainability efforts for the money, and it’s a good thing.

The Packer’s sustainability survey of growers indicated that more than half (55%) of producers put in place sustainability measures because they want to be good stewards of their land.

As far as market rewards for growers’ efforts to implement sustainability, most producers are underwhelmed.

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Labor: Respiratory Protection Webinar Offered through Farm Bureau Extension Series

July 15 Live Webinar - Updating Arbitration Agreements to Safeguard Against PAGA Lawsuits


From California Farm Labor Contractors Association: The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) has been in the news again, but what is going on with PAGA? Are arbitration agreements enforceable? Are PAGA carve-outs in or out? What is an individual or representative claim? Get past the legal parlance for a straightforward explanation of what the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision means for employers including:

  •   Key updates to ensure your arbitration agreement is enforceable.
  •   Considerations when implementing arbitration agreements for new and existing employees.
  •   How to minimize exposure to PAGA claims.
  •   What does the future hold for arbitration agreements and PAGA?

Friday, July 15 from 11am-12pm

Register for the webinar here  

Free to CFLCA members • Nonmembers $25

Oh No! The Department of Labor is Inspecting my Business! What do I do?

From California Farm Bureau's Farm Employers Labor Service

July 7, 2022, 10 AM (Free Webinar)

Employer Rights During a DOL Investigation: 

Do you know what to do if you find yourself the unlucky employer chosen for a Department of Labor (DOL) workplace inspection?

Catherine Houlihan, Associate Attorney with FELS Group Legal Services Plan partner firm Barsamian & Moody will help you come up with a DOL inspection action plan.

Register here.


July 21 - Farm Bureau Extension: 2022 Continuing Education Series 


California Farm Bureau presents the Farm Bureau Extension: 2022 CE Series held virtually. Join us throughout the year for webinars featuring content that meets your pesticide continuing education (CE) requirements. Subject matter experts will share information immediately applicable to your business operations and advance your professional development. CE certificates will be sent for each webinar attended after successful completion of a simple quiz on the material.

July 21 Topic: Respiratory Protection

English Session: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Anna Genasci, QAL, QAC, Farm News Editor, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau 

Continuing Education Credits: 1 hr Laws & Regs

Register here 

Standards Board Rejects Petition for Self-Driving Ag Equipment at June Meeting

From California Farm Bureau's Farm Employers Labor Service

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board rejected a petition filed by Livermore-based Monarch Tractor to allow for the use of driver-optional tractors without a human operator stationed at the vehicular controls within a set of strict safety guidelines at it's June 16 meeting. The petition was originally expected to be considered at the Board’s May meeting but was delayed.

A manufacturer of electric tractors, Monarch Tractor seeks to augment its products with autonomous operation technology.

Monarch’s petition cites the 1970s-era Cal/OSHA standard for furrow-guided driverless tractors, which requires an operator be at the vehicle’s controls to ensure the safety of employees working nearby because such a tractor cannot detect the presence of humans and stop its motion.

Monarch contends the regulation prohibits the deployment of autonomous tractor technology. Modern autonomous tractors feature sensors, computers, and advanced artificial intelligence systems with high-end global positioning systems and eight cameras. This system is designed to detect the presence of any person within seven feet of the tractor and immediately cease all tractor operations, eliminating any risk to humans working nearby.

Monarch has received a temporary variance from Cal/OSHA to allow restricted use of its autonomous tractor technology. The purpose of Cal/ OSHA experimental variances is to demonstrate or validate the safety of new technologies and techniques. The variance requires collection of numerous data points on the autonomous tractor’s safety performance.

Based on the performance of its autonomous vehicle technology, Monarch’s petition asks the Standards Board to promulgate a regulation allowing use of autonomous vehicle technology with warnings at the entrances of any field where an autonomous tractor is in use, very low speed limits, extensive training for users, and compliance with stringent International Standards Organization requirements for positioning systems, obstacle detection systems, and failsafe systems allowing operator control if necessary.

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will become the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally, a move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year.

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Blacklisted for Speaking Up: How California Farmworkers Fighting Abuses Are Vulnerable to Retaliation | KQED

What's it like for immigrant farmworkers to report an unfair labor practice in California? Labor rights advocates say laborers with H-2A visas are vulnerable to retaliation not just from their employers but from recruiters that connect them to jobs in the future.

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Wildfire: Catalytic converter determined to be the cause of 375-acre Camino Fire

Catalytic converter determined to be the cause of 375-acre Camino Fire | News Channel 3-12

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - A catalytic converter was determined to be the cause of a 375-acre fire that broke out in a rural area near Arroyo Grande on Tuesday, according to CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo. The Camino Fire had burned 375 acres as of Wednesday afternoon and crews were able to reach 45% containment, according to CAL FIRE.

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CAL FIRE Hits Peak Staffing for Wildfire this Summer | California Governor

CAL FIRE has surpassed goal of treating 100,000 acres by 2025 years ahead of schedule SACRAMENTO - In preparation for the upcoming wildfire season, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has completed the transition to peak staffing across California and continues to report progress on key fuels reduction and forest health projects.

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Livestock: USDA Cold Storage Survey's Importance to Livestock Producers

Summer 2022 Livestock-Range-Watershed-Oaks Newsletter

USDA Cold Storage Survey's Importance to Livestock Producers

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) releases the Cold Storage survey near the 22nd of each month. As of May 31, USDA's June survey estimates red meat in storage was 1.087 billion lbs., down only slightly from April, but 20% greater than this time last year.

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Vineyard & Wine: Vote for Paso Robles Wine for USA Today's Readers' Choice Poll

Vote for Paso Robles!

Paso Robles has been fortunate to receive multiple nominations for the 2022 USA Today 10BEST Readers' Choice Poll and we need your help to pull off a win! You can vote daily until Monday, July 18 at noon ET.

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After 20 years of winemaking, Cayucos' Aaron Jackson cements his legacy as a fierce promoter and protector of the region

Winemaker Aaron Jackson is a force of nature, reaping the benefits of Central Coast soil, surf, and scenery for both business and pleasure. It's hard to distinguish between the two, because after 20 years in the industry, crafting an exceptional wine still brings him as much joy as catching the perfect wave or backpacking to a remote waterfall in Big Sur.

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Halter Ranch announces acquisition of EOS estate property

Halter Ranch Vineyard and Winery recently announced the purchase of the EOS Estate property in Paso Robles, California, from Foley Family Wines. The sale includes the 11,000-square-foot winery/hospitality center and 8.5-acre estate. The real estate transaction does not include the EOS brand name.

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Water: World's largest carrot growers are draining a California groundwater basin. Now they're suing

Senator proposes California buy water rights from farmers 

Chris Scheuring’s farm, like many others in California, has been forced to adapt to the drought. Some things have changed since Scheuring grew up on his parents’ farm in Yolo County. Sprinklers being used are smaller these days, targeting the tree roots. “It uses a lot less water. And that’s the name of the game because we don’t have water to waste in California,” Scheuring said. “California agriculture is on defense this year because of water,” Scheuring said the water district in the county, like many others, is down to nothing this year.

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California Farmers Preparing for State Water Curtailment Orders

CALIFORNIA - Farmers up and down California are once again facing an uncertain season ahead of them as a state water curtailment order issued in August 2021 continues to take its toll on farming and ranching families. In July 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order calling a drought emergency and asking for water conservation.

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Desalination can now be owned and operated by private entities in Monterey County.

With an extreme drought tightening its grip, drawing concerns about the future of water in Monterey County and throughout California, the county's Board of Supervisors overturned a 33-year-old law to allow the private ownership and operation of desalination facilities within the county.

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How the agriculture industry must adapt to megadrought in the West: Experts

The industry that overwhelmingly uses the most water resources in the West does so for good reason: to provide sustenance for the rest of the country. Globally, the agriculture sector uses 70% of all freshwater withdrawals.

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California's 'broken' water supply forecast to be audited

The audit comes after California's water operations substantially overestimated the forecast and released more water than was necessary, officials said. There'll be an audit of California's water supply forecast after the state overestimated and prematurely released 700,000 acre-feet of ...

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World's largest carrot growers are draining a California groundwater basin. Now they're suing

In the early afternoon in the Cuyama Valley, a hot June sun bears down as a dry wind gusts through the remote area that runs along San Luis Obispo County's southeastern border.

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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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