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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

July 29, 2022

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SLO County Farm Bureau President Hilary Graves received the Winegrape Grower of the Year award at Mid-State Fair last Friday from the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. Hilary is the Vineyard & Grower Relations Manager at Booker Vineyards, providing more than 20 years of winemaking and vineyard experience on the Central Coast. Congratulations Hilary! Read more about the award winners here.


Photo by Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Tickets on Sale Now for the  100th Anniversary and Centennial Celebration of SLO County Agriculture!











Dinner + Drinks + Dancing: SLO County Farm Bureau Is Turning 100!


San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau is celebrating 100 years of advocating on behalf of our family farmers, ranchers and local agriculture businesses in San Luis Obispo County! Please join us on Saturday, September 10, 2022 for an evening of dinner, dancing and a community celebration of local agriculture hosted at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.


Purchase tickets online by August 25th here or call our office at 805-543-3654.


This is a chance to be reminded of the deep-rooted history of agriculture within the county while enjoying dinner, refreshments, and dancing. This year's Farm Bureau Freddy, Heritage Award, and Business of the Year awards will be announced during the program alongside brief Annual Meeting business.


The evening's tentative schedule of events is as follows:

  • 5:00 p.m. Social Hour
  • 6:00 p.m. Invocation and Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. Program and Awards
  • 7:00 p.m. Live Music from The Money Band and Dancing
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Ends


We are excited to be sharing this momentous occasion with our members, supporters, and the San Luis Obispo County community! Here's the details:


  • Tickets are $100 per person (plus credit card fee). Get your tickets here.
  • Kids 12 and under are free, but please contact Farm Bureau if kids meals are needed.
  • For special dietary needs, please contact SLO County Farm Bureau.
  • Semi-casual attire.
  • Drinks provided during Social Hour, no-host bar after.

Show your support for local agriculture by sponsoring this historic evening!

Sponsorship Package Types:

  • Table Sponsor
  • Wine Sponsor
  • Dessert Sponsor
  • Band Sponsor
  • Event Sponsor
  • Bar Sponsor
  • Award Sponsor



Learn more about sponsorship packages which include promotion opportunities and ticket packages here or by contacting the office (805) 543-3654. Sponsorship form and payment must be received by August 25.


Feel free to reach out to SLO County Farm Bureau staff Brent Burchett at bburchett@slofarmbureau.org or Catie Field at cfield@slofarmbureau.org for additional information or with any questions you might have.

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: SLO County Farm Bureau President Hilary Graves Named Winegrape Grower of the Year
  • County Government: Mid-State Fair's Agreement to Purchase Pioneer Park from Paso Robles is Uncertain
  • State Government: $4.65 Million DPR Grant Application to Fund Innovative Solutions Supporting More Sustainable Pest Management Tools
  • Federal Government: Close to 200 Industry Groups Oppose Tax Increase Proposals
  • Business Member Spotlight: Speedling
  • USDA: Emergency Relief Program Deadline Extended Indefinitely
  • Ag Economics: What is the Farm Workforce Modernization Act? Can it Stop Rising Food Prices?
  • Featured Member Benefit: O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • Environmental: A Look into Sustainable Agriculture- Feature from American Farm Bureau on City Farm SLO
  • Produce: California's Strawberry Fields may not be Forever. Could Robots Help?
  • Labor: Help Wanted: Seeking a Solution to the Ag Labor Crisis
  • Wildfire: Firefighters Credit Goat Grazing for Quick Containment of Fire in Paso Robles
  • Livestock: California Drought is Causing Ranchers to Sell off Cattle which will Have a Lasting Impact
  • Vineyard & Wine: San Joaquin Wine Competition Winners Announced
  • Water: Tap Water for more than 900,000 Californians is Unsafe to Drink, State Auditors Say

July 22 Most-Read

1.  2022 San Luis Obispo County Agriculturalist, Cattlewoman, and Cattleman of the Year Named

2.California Mid-State Fair awards Cattleman, Cattlewoman of the Year

3. Farm Bureau Member, Tom Ikeda, Featured on Backroad Cowgirls YouTube Series

4. Commentary: A bad bill undermines cooperation on groundwater

5.SLO County Farm Bureau President, Hilary Graves, recognized as Wine Grape Grower of the Year

6. Paso Robles City Council Discusses Sale of Pioneer Park to Mid-State Fair

7.  Recount in process for SLO Co. District 4 Supervisor

8.  Meat from livestock sold at Mid-State Fair to be donated to free senior meals program

9.  Trade Groups Ask Newsom to Delay Enforcement of AB 5

10. After $100 million Huntington Beach denial, what's the future of desalination in California?

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Farm Bureau members and staff cooked dinner for 265 youth livestock participating in the Quiz Jam event hosted by Farm Supply at the California Mid-State Fair;
  • Gave an interview with KCBX Central Coast Radio on drought issues and water regulations; 
  • Met with California Farm Bureau staff to discuss the state’s new Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap discussion draft;
  • Provided information on irrigation practices to a member of the Los Osos Community Advisory Council;
  • Reviewed the agenda for the July 27 Paso Basin Cooperative Committee agenda;
  • Released information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities for SLO County Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary and Community Celebration of Agriculture event on September 10; 
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am); and
  • Hosted the California Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Meeting.


Upcoming Events:

  • July 30- Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction
  • August 9- Fleet Management Program Training - Register here.
  • August 23- SLO County Farm Bureau Board Meeting
  • August 23- Long Term Care Planning Seminar- Register here.
  • September 1- Farm Bureau Extension: 2022 Continuing Education Series- Register here.

Community: SLO County Farm Bureau President Hilary Graves Named Winegrape Grower of the Year

The Extinction of the American Farmer

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY CALIFORNIA - The small family farm was once the cover story of the American dream. But today, American farms are dying left and right, and American farmers are on their way to extinction - and arguably at a faster rate here in California.


According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2020 data, 1.4 percent of the nation’s population is responsible for farming. That equates to 2.6 million farming jobs providing for the 329.5 million people living in the United States.


To put that statistic into historical perspective, in 1840, nearly 70 percent of the American labor force worked in agriculture, and in 1935, the number of farms peaked at 7 million....

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SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Director, Brent Burchett, Featured in Central Coast Journal


From the bluegrass and tobacco fields of Kentucky to the diversity of San Luis Obispo County farming, Brent Burchett always had a keen interest in agriculture and the policies that can make or break the industries.

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SLO County Farm Bureau President Hilary Graves Named Winegrape Grower of the Year 

The San Luis Obispo County wine industry annually comes together to honor members of the local wine community. These awards recognize dedication, stewardship, innovation, and leadership demonstrated in the San Luis Obispo County wine community.

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Brooke Smith named Miss California Mid State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair has announced that 17-year-old Brooke Smith of Templeton has been crowned the 2022 Miss California Mid-State Fair Queen and Miss Congeniality. 19-year-old Sarah Barr of Templeton was the 1st Runner Up, and 17-year-old Jenna Shapero of Paso Robles was the 2nd Runner Up.

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Jack B. Dewar, Jr. - October 18, 30-July 19,2022

San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau would like to express our condolences to the Dewar family for the loss of community leader and agriculture supporter, John Barclay (Jack) Dewar, Jr.

County Government: Mid-State Fair's Agreement to Purchase Pioneer Park from Paso Robles is Uncertain

Paso Robles City Council Candidate Filing Period Now Open

On Nov. 8, Paso Robles residents will have the opportunity to vote for two open councilmember seats (one in District 1 and one in District 2) and for the mayor. Each position serves a four-year term. For those interested in running for office, the initial period for filing nomination papers is July 18, through Aug.

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Mid-State Fair's Agreement to Purchase Pioneer Park from Paso Robles is Uncertain

As last-minute preparations came together for "the biggest little fair anywhere," the Paso Robles City Council was deciding the fate of a seven-year-long negotiation with the California Mid-State Fair over Pioneer Park. "This agreement in its current form-while it was great in 2015, it doesn't pass the mustard in 2022, and we need to rescind this," City Manager Ty Lewis said during the July 19 City Council meeting.

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State Government: $4.65 Million DPR Grant Application to Fund Innovative Solutions Supporting More Sustainable Pest Management Tools

California Farm Bureau's Farm Bureau at Work - 

Legislative & Government Affairs Report from Sacramento


July 29 Highlights (Full Report Here)


Agricultural Employment

  • On July 18, Cal/OSHA issued further clarification in its guidance explaining its view of California Department of Public Health’s June 8 order concerning the definition of “close contact.” By eliminating the “six feet” distance criteria in the “six feet for fifteen minutes over a 24 hour period” rule-of-thumb to define close contact, CDPH’s guidance created new ambiguity in the enforcement of Cal/OSHA’s latest iteration of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard. This version of the ETS specifies that CDPH orders will establish how employers will be required to assess who has experienced a close contact for the purpose of contact tracing, workplace exclusion, and provision of testing. Cal/OSHA’s frequently-asked questions (FAQ) as to how CDPH’s June 8 order impacts the COVID-19 ETS can be found here. While ambiguity remains as to how much employers are to assess “close contact” in light of the new CDPH order, the agency acknowledges that employers can exercise reasonable judgement to treat portions of large work spaces like a large building as single workplaces rather than being required to treat the entire building as a single “airspace,” and that employers may be able to continue to treat employees who commonly work together as “cohorts” separate from others.

$4.65 Million DPR Grant Application to Fund Innovative Solutions Supporting More Sustainable Pest Management Tools - California Ag Network

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today opened the application period for the 2023 Alliance and Research Grants cycle, offering $4.65 million in potential funding to accelerate the transition to safer, more sustainable pest management in agricultural, urban and wildland settings. "California is a leader in the development of more sustainable pest management," said ...

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USDA Announces Its Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement with California

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2022 - Today, during a visit to the Yolo County Food Bank in Woodland, Calif., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has signed a cooperative agreement with California under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA).

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Tell the State You Already Are A “Sustainable” Farmer


The Department of Pesticide Regulation has released a “discussion draft” with recommendations on how to accelerate “sustainable pest management” in California agriculture. The draft includes recommendations like:

 

• Reduce pesticide use by 90% by 2050 in California

• Require all Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) to be trained in “sustainable pest management” by 2030

• Require SPM to be used on 90% of farms and 90% of farm acreage by 2050

Sign this petition by California Farm Bureau Federation to tell the Department many of these recommendations are not realistic and that you already practice “sustainable pest management.”  

 

Please write to DPR today. This will take less than 1 minute of your time.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter, 

California Farm Bureau FarmTeam

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Federal Government:  Close to 200 Industry Groups Oppose Tax Increase Proposals

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News

  • Forest Service Taking Emergency Action to Protect Giant Sequoias
  • Immigration Coalition Holds Press Event on Ag Labor Bill
  • AFBF Publishes Market Intel Focusing on Importance of Farm Bill
  • USDA Feral Swine Survey
  • President Johansson Attends AFBF Council of Presidents
  • Port of Oakland Backlogs Slowly Ease as Protests End
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Exclusion Regulations
  • USDA Designates California Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due to Freeze
  • House Reviews Crop Insurance Title of the Farm Bill
  • House Labor Subcommittee Examines H2 Visa Programs
  • Conaway to Serve on Natural Resources Committee

Close to 200 Industry Groups Oppose Tax Increase Proposals

Nearly 200 organizations representing a variety of industry interests have raised concerns about tax increase proposals. In a letter sent to Congressional leadership, the coalition highlights certain tax considerations that would create significant hardship for small businesses. One of the proposals being considered includes expanding the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) to individuals actively participating in their business.

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California farmers to get boost under federal-state plan to buy $43 million worth of food

The federal government will channel $43 million into efforts to purchase and distribute locally grown food from California's underserved farmers and producers, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday in Woodland. Funds will be distributed through the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program, which was established this year to stabilize agricultural supply chains throughout the country.

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The State Of - August Recess 2022

Through a series of articles we call The State, the American Farm Bureau Federation's Advocacy and Political Affairs team is providing analysis related to "the state of" various aspects related to advocacy and political trends impacting farmers and ranchers and rural Americans.

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Business Member Spotlight:

Speedling

Global leader in the production of transplants, having resources, knowledge and commitment to meet the growing challenges of agricultural community today. With over 50 years of experience, growing is what we do.

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USDA: Emergency Relief Program Deadline Extended Indefinitely

USDA Says Rising Food Prices Could Ease in 2023 - AgNet West

Could we see lower food prices next year? That's coming up on This Land of Ours. The all-items Consumer Price Index increased 1.4 percent from May to June and is 9.1 percent higher than in June of last year. USDA once again raised its consumer food price inflation forecast from 8.5 percent to 9.5 percent for 2022.

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USDA Taking Applications for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials program. USDA will be investing $25 million made available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. At least 10 percent of the overall funding to be made available for On-Farm Trials will be allocated for proposals that will benefit historically underserved producers.

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Emergency Relief Program Deadline Extended Indefinitely

Producers are being given more time to return pre-filled applications for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the deadline is being extended indefinitely. Potentially eligible participants of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) will be receiving pre-filled applications from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

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Ag Economics: What is the Farm Workforce Modernization Act? Can it Stop Rising Food Prices?

What is the Farm Workforce Modernization Act? Can it Stop Rising Food Prices?

Eggs, fruit, bacon, milk - all are more expensive now than they were a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ground coffee prices increased nearly 15% in the past year, while citrus shot up 18%. Unless farmers can find workers, food prices will continue to rise, experts say.

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Chief Ag Negotiator Gets Long-Awaited Committee Hearing

President Biden's nominee for Chief Ag Negotiator finally got a hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Chad Smith has more on the back-and-forth discussion. Smith: The position of chief agricultural negotiator within the office of the U.S.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

Renewing Members

Rick Sauerwein, Quinn Company, Tom Ikeda, Speedling, Rancho San Miguel, Flying E Ranch, PG and E, and Kenneth Romero

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:

O'Reilly Auto Parts

Farm Bureau members in California can save anywhere from 5-20% on select parts they use every day such as brake pads and rotors, filters, batteries, belts, hoses and many more commonly replaced automotive and equipment parts. O’Reilly Auto Parts offers a great selection of not just general automotive, but fleet and heavy duty parts as well to cover every piece of equipment on your farm or ranch.


Members can obtain the account number by calling their local county Farm Bureau office or via the member help line at 800-698-3276. The discount may also be applied to online orders at O’Reilly’s professional customer website, firstcallonline.com, by Farm Bureau members who have established an account at their local O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Environmental: A Look into Sustainable Agriculture- Feature from American Farm Bureau on City Farm SLO

New carbon capture algae farm planned for North County

Global Algae has chosen North County as the site for Farm 160, its algae farm project that aims to capture carbon dioxide and produce polymer products from algae oil with the goal of contributing to rainforest growth and providing a new sustainable source of protein and oil.

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Collaborating with Responsible Environmental Groups

Farmers and the environmental community are not always at odds with each other. Often, the agricultural industry and environmental and conservancy groups have overlapping interests, which can be better addressed through collaboration rather than government intervention. Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia said that groups like The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and Sustainable Conservation have all been tremendous partners to collaborate with.

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A Look into Sustainable Agriculture

Feature from American Farm Bureau on City Farm SLO


Farming involves more than just the farmer.


As a college student interested in the future of farming and sustainable farming practices, I am constantly seeking to learn about the methods of farming that help restore the environment and continuously improve natural resource conservation.

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Produce: California's Strawberry Fields may not be Forever. Could Robots Help?

California's Strawberry Fields may not be Forever. Could Robots Help?

In a strawberry field surrounded by strawberry fields on the outskirts of Santa Maria, a team of robots have been picking berries all summer. Each robot, made by a Colorado company called Tortuga AgTech, trundles between the elevated beds on rugged wheels, then stops in front of a plant.

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Santa Barbara County agriculture brought in $1.9 billion last year. These were the top crops

Strawberries remained Santa Barbara County's top grossing crop in 2021, with the overall value of agricultural production in the county climbing to $1.9 billion, a 5.1% increase from the previous year, according to the county Agricultural Commissioner's Office annual crop report.

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Drip-irrigation study sees 37 percent reduction in water use and five percent increase in yield

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new study suggests that drip irrigation for sweet corn can significantly conserve water, reduce fertilizer use and boost crop yield in the low desert of California - and likely in other areas of the state with similar conditions.

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Are hydroponic crops organic? Ninth Circuit panel seems to think yes

A Ninth Circuit panel took up the question Wednesday of whether a crop must be grown in soil to be considered organic. SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A legal fight over whether hydroponic crops can be labeled "organic" played out Wednesday at the Ninth Circuit, where a panel of judges seemed unconvinced that dirt is a required component of organic growing.

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Labor: Help Wanted: Seeking a Solution to the Ag Labor Crisis

Help Wanted: Seeking a Solution to the Ag Labor Crisis

"Help Wanted." "Now Hiring." "Apply now!" Drive through any town - large or small - and you'll see businesses looking for employees. We've been trying to fill open positions on America's farms and ranches for decades, so we're no stranger to the current labor shortage.

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Calif. labor group gets two additions: AB5 author as boss, UFW as member

California's largest lobbying group of unions kicked off Wednesday with a one-two punch to reset the conversation around labor laws in the Golden State. The California Labor Federation, which represents 1,200 unions comprised of 2.1 million California workers, is boasting its long-awaited recruit to helm the organization: former California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) will serve as its Executive Secretary Treasurer.

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As senators debate farm labor, the clock keeps on ticking

A bipartisan pair of senators are racing to reach agreement on a bill to overhaul the broken farm labor system. But time is running out for the bill to have any chance of passage. - Doubt is brewing in Ukraine and in the West over whether Russia will live up to its commitments in a newly struck Black Sea deal to resume grain exports from Ukraine.

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Virtual Fleet Management Program Training- August 9


Health and Safety on the Farm and Ranch: Trainings Presented by Nationwide


9:00-10:00AM


Targeted audience: Business Owners, Managers, Supervisors and HR Personnel


Course content: Driver training, driver selection, drug testing, driver qualifications, maintenance and documentation. What makes good business sense from a liability perspective, even though it may not legally be required. We'll also cover a case study. 

Wildfire: Firefighters Credit Goat Grazing for Quick Containment of Fire in Paso Robles

Firefighters credit goat grazing for quick containment of fire in Paso Robles

A fire burned a little more than an acre in the Salinas Riverbed south of the Niblick Bridge in Paso Robles on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials say crews were able to quickly contain the fire because of goat and sheep grazing that was recently completed in the area.

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SLO County Sends Aid to Oak Fire

NORTH COUNTY - San Luis Obispo County is sending aid to the Oak Fire near Yosemite Park, which started on Friday. The fire in Mariposa County is now 32 percent contained, compared to 10 percent on Monday. And on Tuesday, the number of homes destroyed by the blaze was 42, plus 19 outbuildings.

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Western wildfire smoke plumes are getting taller, study shows

Taller smoke plumes means that more harmful fine particles can travel farther from their wildfire source, potentially hurting more people. Wildfire smoke is made up of a mix of gases and fine particles which penetrate deep into the lungs causing numerous health problems from burning eyes to chronic heart and lung disease, according to the U.S.

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Livestock: California Drought is Causing Ranchers to Sell off Cattle which will Have a Lasting Impact

Wildfire Smoke Is Terrible for You. But What Does It Do to Cows?

As climate change supercharges blazes, livestock and wildlife are suffering from smoke inhalation. California's wildfire season has kicked off in earnest, with the Oak Fire chewing extraordinarily quickly through the parched landscape around Yosemite National Park. The fire has burned nearly 17,000 acres so far, forcing thousands from their homes and blanketing the surrounding area in smoke.

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Continued cowherd contraction confirmed

URBANA, Ill. - The USDA's July cattle inventory report confirms the general sentiment that the cattle cycle remains in a contractionary phase, with most statistics coming in close to pre-report expectations, according to Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University and contributor to the Illinois farmdoc team.

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Bird flu could be headed to SLO County. Here's how to prevent the virus from spreading

A highly pathogenic Eurasian avian influenza may be heading to the Central Coast. Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC), which rescues and rehabilitates wildlife in San Luis Obispo County, is quickly responding to the approaching threat. The virus has been detected in at least 1,825 individual wild birds in 42 states since January, according to the U.S.

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California Drought is Causing Ranchers to Sell off Cattle which will Have a Lasting Impact

California is on year three of one of the worst droughts in state history, and it’s hurting our farmers and ranchers.

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Vineyard & Wine: San Joaquin Wine Competition Winners Announced

San Joaquin Wine Competition Winners Announced

PUBLISHED ON FRESNO, Calif. - Saviez Wines 2016 Cabernet Franc and Eberle Winery's 2021 Cote-du-Robles Blanc earned Gold-Medal, Best of Show Red & White, respectively at the San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition July 13. Held for the first time at Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery's Paso Robles Winery, the competition featured wines from through the State of California and prices anywhere between $6.00 and $100.00!

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》》》 Vineyard Pests? 《《《

Join us online for a virtual seminar on Phylloxera, nematodes, and other vineyard pests. This seminar qualifies for 2 hours of DPR CEUs in the "other" category. As always, this seminar is free for members and $30 for guests. SEMINAR AGENDA

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Harvest Wine Weekend

The Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and celebration. Click here for more information about this wonderful event!

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Water: Tap Water for more than 900,000 Californians is Unsafe to Drink, State Auditors Say

Tap Water for more than 900,000 Californians is Unsafe to Drink, State Auditors Say

SACRAMENTO -- The water that comes out of the tap for more than 900,000 Californians is unsafe to drink and the state isn't acting fast enough to help clean it up, state auditors said in a report released Tuesday.

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Nipomo key well index in severe water shortage conditions for eighth consecutive year

NIPOMO, Calif. - A court-appointed technical group released the spring 2021 index area groundwater conditions report, revealing that it was the eighth consecutive year that the key well index was in a severe water shortage.

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California drought official quits, blasting Newsom for 'gut wrenching' inaction

In his time at the California State Water Resources Control Board, Max Gomberg has witnessed the state grapple with two devastating droughts and the accelerating effects of climate change. Now, after 10 years of recommending strategies for making California more water resilient, the board's climate and conservation manager is calling it quits.

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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.

Join or Renew Your San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Membership

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