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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

June 3, 2022


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San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Visit Berry Operation

On Saturday May 21, the San Luis Obispo County's Young Farmers and Ranchers group toured Betteravia Farms to learn more about Caneberry and Strawberry production.

Driscoll's Southern District Agronomist and Farm Bureau member Joel Vaca (pictured at right) began the tour at Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry greenhouses where Betteravia Farms staff explained the different growing seasons and differences between growing in substrate (non-soil fibers) versus traditional planting in the ground. The growers have found using substrate has increased yields, but may make harvest planning more time-sensitive. The operation has both conventional and organic berries that are marketed under the Driscoll's label.

The group then toured one of Driscoll's strawberry fields destined for the export market. Vaca discussed the ongoing transition in the region from local labor to more H-2A contract labor. Export strawberries are some of the highest quality varieties because they must withstand the long plane and boat trips necessary to sell to other countries. This particular harvest was going to be flown to Hong Kong. Southern SLO County and the Santa Maria region are one of the few climates in the U.S. allowing for year-round strawberry production, making them an ideal source to supply international markets.

SLO County Young Farmers and Ranchers is planning additional ag industry tours later this year.

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Two SLO County Students win California Farm Bureau Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarships
  • County Government: SLO County Board of Supervisors Meet June 7
  • Federal Government: Five Things to Watch for in Next Year's 'Climate' Farm Bill
  • Business Member Spotlight: Adler Belmont Group, Inc.
  • USDA: Vilsack Gives Details on Food Supply Chain Plans
  • Featured Member Benefit: Avis Car Rental: Marked-down, tops-down convertibles 
  • Environmental: Judge orders stop to California's pesticide spraying program
  • Ag Economics: Report shows impact of higher crop, input prices
  • Produce: Asian Citrus Psyllid detected in Tulare County, growers advised to be vigilant
  • Labor: California Court Finds Mild COVID-19 Does Not Qualify as “Disability”
  • Wildfire: Grants awarded to SLO County Fire Safe Council for Fuel Reduction, Planning and Education
  • Livestock: Burger Prices to Remain High as Cattle Ranchers Shrink Herds
  • Vineyard & Wine: Two coastal California wine regions finally get their official due
  • Water: Could Central Coast get 3 new reservoirs to generate power by pumping water between lakes?

May 27 Most-Read

1. New Paso basin water regulations would 'exacerbate overdraft' 

2. Alarming research on pesticide warrants curbs on its use

3. SLO County Sheriff's Department Annual Report

4. State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

5. 6 hurt when bull escapes Northern California rodeo arena

6. Winegrape Growers to See Benefits of New Emergency Relief Program

7. 2022 California Farm Bureau Photo Contest

8. California Agricultural Production Statistics

9.  Toward more sustainable wine: Scientists can now track sulfur from grapes to stream

10. Health and Safety on the Farm and Ranch: Trainings Presented by Nationwide- June 17 Hazardous Ag Materials training

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Farm Bureau Board Member Steve Carter and staff participated in the SLO County Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) June 1 meeting;
  • Worked on an educational crop demonstration project to be installed for the 2022 California Mid-State Fair;
  • Held a SLO County Young Farmers & Ranchers board meeting; 
  • Discussed state and local issues with SLO County Ag Commissioner Marty Settevendemie;
  • Assisted several members with questions about voting in the June 7 Primary Election;
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am);
  • Served as a panelist at FARMstead EDthe “Film on the Farm” event at Hartley Farms in San Miguel featuring a showing of Farm Bureau member Brittany App’s film “Where There Once Was Water.”

Upcoming Events:

  • June 7 – California Primary Election Day
  • June 9th - 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. by Zoom- California Farm Bureau Continuing Education Series - Topic: Calibration and Nozzle Selection for Effective Spraying; (1 hr Other) Free for Farm Bureau members-Register here
  • June 16 from 2 p.m.-4:30p.m.- California Farm Bureau's Western Region WOTUS Roundtable with EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (watch the live video stream here
  • June 17 - Hazardous Ag Materials Hazardous Ag Materials (HAM) Training (English): 6/​17/​22, 9am-10:30 am, Spanish 1 pm-2:30 pm , Register here
  • June 28 - SLO County Farm Bureau Board Meeting at 5pm

Still Deciding Who To Vote For? Watch SLO County Farm Bureau’s Candidate Forums

2nd District Supervisor - Geoff Auslen, Bruce Gibson, Bruce Jones, and John Whitworth

3rd District Supervisor - Stacy Korsgaden and Dawn Ortiz-Legg

4th District Supervisor - Lynn Compton and Jimmy Paulding

30th State Assembly District– Dawn Addis, Zoe Carter, Vicki Nohrden, Jon Wizard

Community: Two SLO County Students win California Farm Bureau Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarships

Two SLO County Students win California Farm Bureau Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarships

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Mid State Fair Entries due June 7th


Farm Bureau Seeking Nominations for SLO County Agriculturalist of the Year

Past Winners: 

1988 – Don Warden

1989 – Bill & Mary Gerst

1990 – Harrison Wilson

1991 – Ernie Righetti

1992 – Don Talley

1993 – Chuck Kuhnle

1994 – Herman Scwartz

1995 – Joy Fitzhugh

1996 – Walt Nielsen

1997 – George Dana

1998 – Joe Guidetti

1999 – Steve Arnold

2000 – Kaz Ikeda

2001 – Gene Mehlschau

2002 – Bill Weitkamp

2003 – Mike Ryan

2004 – Alex & Phyliis Madonna 

2005 – Dana Merrill

2006 – Chris Darway

2007 – Michael Cavaletto

2008 – Blanche & John Comino

2009 – White Family

2010 – Tom Ikeda

2011 – Justin Smith

2012 – Haruo & Rose Hayashi

2013 – Dr. Joe Sabol

2014 – Dale Evenson

2015 – Jim Brabeck

2016 - Hugh Pitts

2017 – Ken Dewar

2018 – Marilyn Britton

2019 – Jerry Lohr

2020 – Jerry Rutiz

2021 – Doug Filipponi 

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"Food these days is often identified as the enemy. Butter, salt, sugar, eggs are all out to get you. And yet at our best we know better. Butter is...well, butter; it glorifies almost everything it touches. Salt is the sovereign perfecter of all flavors. Eggs are, pure and simple, one of the wonders of the world.

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June 2022 Events & Trainings | Cal Poly Center for Sustainability

Swanton Pacific Ranch is a unique testbed for rangeland restoration practices. Join us to learn more about current research exploring the effects of varying compost application rates on different soil types.

The Soil Health and Carbon Benefits from Compost Application on Rangelands webinar featuring Cal Poly soil science professor Dr. Stewart Wilson and graduate student Aaron Lee takes place Tuesday, June 21st from 4-5:30pm. Free and open to all. Registration required.

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County Government: SLO County Board of Supervisors Meet June 7


SLO County Board of Supervisors Meet June 7

SLO County Board of Supervisors will meet June 7. Read the agenda here and agenda item details here. Items of interest to agriculture include:

Item 4 - Request to: 1) introduce the attached ordinance amending the Agricultural Offset Requirements for the Paso Basin (County Land Use Ordinance, Title 22, Section 22.30.204) to extend the requirements termination date from August 31, 2022 to the effective date of the Paso Robles Land Use Management Area Planting Ordinance, or January 31, 2023, whichever occurs sooner; and 2) authorize the use of Alternative Publication Procedures for amendments to the Agricultural Offset Requirements. An addendum to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report prepared for the Countywide Water Conservation Program in 2015 (SCH Number 2014081056) has been prepared for this request (ED22-042-PL). Hearing date set for July 12, 2022. Districts 1 and 5.

Item 21 - Submittal of a resolution recognizing June as "California Avocado Month" in San Luis Obispo County. All Districts.

Item 46 - Request by Mittry Farms Trust to authorize processing of a Land Use Ordinance Amendment application (LRP2021-00006) to amend Planning Area Standards to include single-family dwellings as an allowable principal use on the project site (APN: 040-201-033). The proposed amendment would allow development of single-family dwellings on the project site through Minor Use Permit or Conditional Use Permit approval. District 1.

Item 48 - Hearing to consider an ordinance amending Chapter 8.95 of the San Luis Obispo County Code to add an exemption for the movement of groundwater through the emergency intertie between the Atascadero Mutual Water Company and County Service Area No. 23 water systems, in the event of a County Service Area No. 23 water supply emergency. All Districts.

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June 7, 2022, Statewide Direct Primary Election - County of San Luis Obispo

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election. The last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election is May 23, 2022. Official ballots will be mailed no later than May 9, 2022. Your official ballot will include candidates for U.S.

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SLO, SB Counties releases number of ballots returned

San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County have released the number of ballots returned for the upcoming California Primary Election. 26,923 ballots have been returned in San Luis Obispo County, as of Thursday. That is out of 186,982 ballots that were issued in SLO County.

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State Government: California Department of Pesticide Regulation Pushing Ahead With New Statewide Pesticide Application Notification System 

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Legislative & Government Affairs Report from Sacramento

June 3 Highlights (Full Report Here):

  • Forestry and Wildfire: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) has awarded $33 million to business development and workforce development projects that support healthy, resilient forests and the people and ecosystems that depend on them.
  • Water:
  • AB 1164 (Heath Flora, R-Ripon) would enable irrigation districts to construct and maintain regulating reservoirs to store and efficiently convey irrigation water in the same manner as private agricultural entities came short by two votes (Senators Eggman and Jones were absent) of garnering the necessary votes to get out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee this week. However, the measure was granted reconsideration and will be heard again at a later date. Senators Eggman and Jones support for the measure will get AB 1164 out of committee when it is heard again. Farm Bureau is in support.
  • SB 1372 (Henry Stern, D-Los Angeles) would not allow the approval of a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) by the Department of Water Resources to determine the allocation of groundwater pumping rights. The measure will be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee next week. Farm Bureau views the measure favorably.
  • Work Development: The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training and Workforce Development Program (BFFTP). This grant program will provide funding for organizations looking to create or expand beginning farmer and farmworker training/apprenticeship programs, with a particular focus on socially disadvantaged and/or beginning farmers and ranchers in the first ten years of business, and farmworkers who need job skills training. Applicants can apply for a program planning and curriculum grant ($100,000) or a program implementation grant ($1 million). Applications are due August 1st by 5pm. Eligible entities include non-profit organizations, tribes, and community colleges. More information about the program can be found here.

Emerging Issue – California Department of Pesticide Regulation Pushing Ahead With New Statewide Pesticide Application Notification System, Public Workshops Scheduled for June 27-29


California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is developing the “first statewide system to provide the public more transparent and equitable access to information in advance of pesticide application.” 

DPR announced in February that County Agricultural Commissioners in Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Ventura counties had volunteered to partner with DPR to launch pilot projects to support the development of a new statewide pesticide application notification system. 

Public workshops are scheduled for June 27, 28, and 29 to collect feedback on the development of the new system. The workshops will be hosted online via Zoom. Access information, exact times, and other details are included on a PDF here. 

Farm Bureau will continue to engage with DPR and industry stakeholders on this issue. 

Progressives vie with 'mod squad' for power in California Legislature

Democrats have super-dooper majorities in both houses of the California Legislature, which means its few Republican members are completely irrelevant. However, the Capitol still seethes with political intrigue as left-leaning Democrats vie with moderates for control of the legislative agenda.

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Federal Government:  Five Things to Watch for in Next Year's 'Climate' Farm Bill

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California Farm Bureau Federal Policy News  - June 2

  • Action Alert: Comment on the Securities and Exchange Commission Proposed Rule Today
  • USDA Announces Food System Transformation Framework
  • White House Releases Drought Resilience Report
  • Reminder: Deadline for USDA's Climate-Smart Commodities Second Funding Pool is June 10
  • USDA Announces Conservation Program Flexibilities to Help Mitigate Global Food Supply Challenges
  • Senators Feinstein and Padilla Send Letter on Rail Issues Impacting California Supply Chains 
  • USDA Releases Farm Labor Survey Data for First Two Quarters
  • California Farm Service Agency Hiring for Potential County Executive Directors

Five things to watch for in next year's 'climate' Farm Bill

Jostling has already started over the 2023 Farm Bill and both progressive and conservative activists told The Hill it will focus heavily on climate change and sustainability. "We're expecting it will be the largest climate bill of the next Congress," Heather Reams, executive director of conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions told The Hill.

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Telling our 'good story' in Washington, D.C. | Kevin Merrill

I am catching up with this week's column as last week I was in Washington D.C. as part of the California State Farm Bureau board's visit with congressional leaders and other governmental agencies. I flew in a few days early to visit with my sister Mia and her family, who live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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California US House races could help tilt power in Congress

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's primary on Tuesday will set the stage for a November election where a handful of U.S. House seats in the Los Angeles area and Central Valley will help determine which party controls Congress.

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California Farm Bureau's Western Region WOTUS Roundtable Scheduled for June 16

On May 4, 2022, U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the schedule of ten stakeholder roundtables that will highlight geographic differences and a range of perspectives on the agencies’ proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Proposed Rule. The agencies previously announced the selection of ten roundtables in February 2022 with California Farm Bureau's roundtable proposal selected as one of the two roundtables representing the western region. The roundtable will be chaired by President Jamie Johansson and will include stakeholders from a variety of organizations representing perspectives from agriculture, conservation, development, drinking and wastewater management, Tribal nations, state government and more. The roundtable will take place Thursday, June 16 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM EDT and can be viewed via livestream here

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USDA: Vilsack Gives Details on Food Supply Chain Plans

Vilsack Gives Details on Food Supply Chain Plans

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made an announcement Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on USDA's framework for improving the food supply chain and transforming the food system.

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USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service - Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.

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Ag Economics: Report shows impact of higher crop, input prices

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Planning is critical as farms transfer to new generations

At Good Humus Produce, a small organic farm in the Capay Valley northwest of Sacramento, members of the Main family built a local agricultural tradition with seasonal harvests of more than 200 varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruit. The farm was started by Jeff and Annie Main in 1976.

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Report shows impact of higher crop, input prices

WASHINGTON - A report by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, AFPC, at Texas A&M University titled "Economic Impact of Higher Crop and Input Prices on AFPC's Representative Crop Farms" provides insights into the economic impacts of higher crop and major input prices on the center's 64 representative crop farms. The report was compiled by Joe Outlaw, Ph.D., and Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-directors of the AFPC in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M, Bryan-College Station.

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Avis Car Rental: Marked-down, tops-down convertibles 

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From the ban on billboards along Blue Ridge Parkway to the small town diners lining Route 66, scenic road trips are relaxing and inexpensive getaways. Especially when you rent a sporty convertible at up to 30% off! Visit Avis.com or call 1-800-331-1212 to see if they have one in your favorite color.

Environmental: Judge orders stop to California's pesticide spraying program

Judge orders stop to California's pesticide spraying program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has ordered a halt to a state-run program of spraying pesticides on public lands and some private property, saying officials failed to assess the potential health effects as required.

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Even amid worsening drought, enviros sharpen knives for Calif.'s lone dam prospect

As California finds itself amid another severe drought that has deepened the need for new water storage, the fever pitch to add new dams has run into a buzzsaw of opposition from environmentalists. At the top of their target list? The proposed Sites Reservoir project.

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Produce: Asian Citrus Psyllid detected in Tulare County, growers advised to be vigilant

Asian Citrus Psyllid detected in Tulare County, growers advised to be vigilant - The Sun-Gazette Newspaper

"The treated trees had very low bacteria counts, and one had no detectable bacteria anymore," Jin said. "This shows the peptide can rescue infected plants, which is important as so many trees are already positive." The team also tested applying the peptide by spraying it.

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Virtual Seminar to Address Avocado Irrigation

On June 2, Avocado Café will host a two-hour virtual seminar entitled, "Understanding Irrigation - How the Plant Responds and the Soil Beneath." It is the first in a series of sessions that will cover California avocado grove irrigation principles.

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UCCE Crop Survey-Complete the survey for a chance to win $50 gift card

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The following survey is meant to give researchers a better understanding of the barriers facing growers in the implementation of practices associated with the CDFA Healthy Soils Program. The survey will take about 12 minutes to complete.

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Labor: California Court Finds Mild COVID-19 Does Not Qualify as “Disability”

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California Court Finds Mild COVID-19 Does Not Qualify as “Disability”

A recent U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted summary judgement in favor of an employer who terminated an employee for violating company policy prohibiting employees showing signs of COVID from entering the workplace.

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Farm Labor Crisis Continues: New H2A Data - AG INFORMATION NETWORK OF THE WEST

Most sectors of U.S. agriculture still faces labor shortages, new data confirms. Veronica Nigh, a senior economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, says farmers have talked for at least a decade about a tight farm labor market. "The recent H2A data certainly proves that out.

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Hazardous Ag Materials Training- June 17 at SLO County Farm Bureau

Targeted audience: Everyone operating a class C vehicle carrying hazardous material must be trained according to the requirements set forth in Section 172.704(d) of Title 49 CFR. Training is required within 90 days of hire and every three years recurring. Upon completion of this class, attendees will need to submit their own application with a certificate of training to the California Highway Patrol who will then issue the HAM certificate. Once the certificate is obtained from the CHP, it must be submitted along with a medical certificate to the CA DMV with applicable fees.

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Farm Bureau Extension: 2022 Continuing Education Series- June 9 (Free for Farm Bureau Members)

June 9th - 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Topic: Calibration and Nozzle Selection for Effective Spraying

Speaker: Peter Ako Larbi, Ph.D, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Cooperative Extension (1 hr Other)

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.

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Wildfire:  Grants awarded to SLO County Fire Safe Council for Fuel Reduction, Planning and Education

Grants awarded to SLO County Fire Safe Council for Fuel Reduction, Planning and Education

The SLO County Fire Safe Council has been awarded 3 grants that total $5.1 million. Two of the grants are through the CCI-CAL FIRE Fire Prevention grant program and fund fuel reduction, planning, and education (including Mid State Fair) projects across the county. The third grant is from the CA Fire Safe Council and funds outreach and additional SLO FSC coordinator time for 18 months.

Formal award process and contracts need to be completed prior to funding becoming available.

CCI-CAL FIRE- Fire Prevention: Funds available Oct 2022- Mar 2026

1. 2022 SLO County Hazardous Fuel and Education $4.48 Million (attached)

2. 2022 County Fuel treatment Planning $486,000 (attached)

CA Fire Safe Council- Funds available July 2022 - Dec 2023

3. 2022-23 FSC County Coordination and Outreach $175,000

'Lack of oversight': Sonoma County faulted for farmworker passes during wildfires

While a new study throws up a red flag to the dangers of working close to wildfires, Santa Rosa farmworker Sandra De Leon is hoping drought doesn't fuel Wine Country infernos this year. That's because the 38-year-old Santa Rosa resident worked when 2020 wildfires raged, as her employer was granted the ability to allow the grape harvest to continue under a government program called the "ag pass."

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Study: Regional approach to wildfire more comprehensive, equitable

DAVIS, Calif. - After a rash of wildfires across Southern California in 2003, many counties, cities and neighborhoods adopted Community Wildfire Protection Plans to improve their preparedness and fire response. But Rob Hazard, fire marshal for Santa Barbara County, has noticed that CWPPs and resources are unevenly distributed across areas at high risk of wildfire.

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Livestock: Burger Prices to Remain High as Cattle Ranchers Shrink Herds

Cattle Supply and Demand Issues for the 2022 Marketing Year

At first glance, 2022 cattle prices are higher than 2021. At $140, slaughter steer prices are 17.5% above 2021 prices, but even with higher prices, farmers and ranchers will travel a rocky road to profitability, paved with inflation and higher input costs in 2022.

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Burger Prices to Remain High as Cattle Ranchers Shrink Herds

Burgers and steaks are set to stay pricey as U.S. cattle ranchers shrink their herds, further constraining U.S. beef production in the months ahead. Rising costs for feed and other expenses are leading ranchers to sell their calves into feedlots at a faster pace, according to federal data, leaving fewer cattle available for slaughter later this year and in 2023.

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Vineyard & Wine: Two coastal California wine regions finally get their official due

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Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival- Sat. June 25, 4:00-8:00PM

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine festival is a showcase of premier wineries form the central coast and beyond . Now, celebrating its 25th year, this Festival showcases nearly 250 wines from over 70 wineries, 10 breweries, food purveyors, and art exhibitors for attendees to enjoy while relaxing at the sun kissed, lakeside location. As always, attendees may bring a blanket, and low-back chair to enjoy the afternoon. The participant experience will be elevated with two stage areas featuring music by Erin and the Earthquakes and Deja Vu. Other experiences include a wild west shooting gallery, wine glass painting, photo booth, and corn-hole. A 'roar-and-pour' will put folks up close and personal with zoo animals as they taste wines within the Charles Paddock Zoo. Not only will participants have an amazing time, they will leave feeling elated that a portion of event proceeds help benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo. 

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Two coastal California wine regions finally get their official due

Mention wine country and we tend to think of valleys. Northern California has Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander and Anderson valleys, the Russian River Valley and the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, just to name a few.

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UC Davis to build new, $5.25M greenhouse to protect U.S. grapevine collection

PUBLISHED ON DAVIS, Calif. - A new, $5.25 million greenhouse is being built on the University of California, Davis, campus to safeguard an important grapevine collection from red blotch disease and other pathogens. The 14,400-square-foot greenhouse will have a vestibuled entry, be insect-proof and provide another level of disease protection.

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SLO Wine History Project - Italian Swiss Colony Founded In California In 1881

Chromolithography was a technique that made color printing widely available. The initial chromolithographic technique involved the use of multiple lithographic stones, one for each color, and was still extremely expensive when done for the best quality results. Depending on the number of colors, ...

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Automated Drones Could Scare Birds off Agricultural Fields

In the future, cameras could spot blackbirds feeding on grapes in a vineyard and launch drones to drive off the avian irritants, then return to watch for the next invading flock. All without a human nearby. A Washington State University research team has developed just such a system, which they detail in a study published in the journal Computer and Electronics in Agriculture.

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Water: Could Central Coast get 3 new reservoirs to generate power by pumping water between lakes?

As drought persists, water rights on agenda

As a third year of drought continues, California officialdom is increasing pressure for more water conservation. Last week, the state Water Resources Control Board imposed a statewide ban on watering of "non-functional" turf, such as grass around commercial buildings, and directed local water agencies to implement water use restrictions.

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Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Newsletter

In an effort to provide more education and outreach regarding the proposed designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) West Coast Regional Office will be producing periodic newsletters to be posted on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary website.

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Water fight: Cuyama Valley landowners face an adjudication lawsuit as they try to sustainably manage their groundwater basin

Cuyama Valley's water woes dominated Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Das Williams' comments during a recent hearing about the future of water well permits in his county. "I just have some concerns about how this is going to impact high-priority basins, particularly Cuyama," Williams said during the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors' May 24 meeting.

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Could Central Coast get 3 new reservoirs to generate power by pumping water between lakes?

With the bid process getting closer for companies seeking to build massive floating offshore wind farms off the San Luis Obispo County coast, energy storage developers are taking a good look at their prospects in the region.

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A thirsty state

So it begins. More than 6 million water users (that is, humans) across Southern California woke up on Wednesday to find themselves under new drought restrictions. If you've been following the numbers, none of this should be surprising: The rules vary by locale.

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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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