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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

March 11, 2022


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San Luis Obispo County Coastal Wine Region Receives American Viticulture Area Designation

SLO Coast Wine Collective - March 9, 2022

This year marks a major milestone in the San Luis Obispo County wine region! It is in this year that the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Coast became an official American Viticulture Area (AVA).

Stretching from the border of Santa Barbara County to the Monterey County Line, this AVA includes all vineyards within this 15-mile swath, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains. This corridor houses 78 vineyards with 3,942 acres planted to vines and while a majority may be Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this cool-climate region also plays host to a diversified lineup of other varieties like Albariño, Riesling, Grenache, Zinfandel, and Syrah. For consumers, this new designation gives their wine a true sense of place and understanding of climate soils, and geographic location.

Thinking about the new AVA in a global context, Molly Bohlman, winemaker at Niner Wine Estates, observes, “When I visited Australia, the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria reminded me of the SLO Coast– rolling hills, a strong coastal influence, and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay demonstrating verve and elegance.”

Setting this AVA apart from other coastal regions, Bohlman points out, “Wines from the SLO Coast AVA have a vibrancy and elegance to them that reflects the coastal climate. The Santa Lucia mountain range marks the eastern boundary of the SLO Coast AVA and separates it from the warmer AVAs on the inland side of the mountains. Wine is, above all, a reflection of where it is grown. Having a designated AVA on the label helps consumers identify what they like and assists in differentiating the many, unique growing regions we have in California.” ...

To read the full SLO Coast Wine Collective article, click here.

SLO County has a new wine region. Here's where and what sets it apart

Move over Paso Robles - San Luis Obispo County has a new, officially recognized wine region it can boast about. The SLO Coast Wine Collective announced Wednesday that the San Luis Obispo Coast has been recognized as the newest American Viticultural Area by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

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This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Morning Ag Clips - 3 Things That Influence College Graduates From Rural Areas To Return To Their Communities;
  • Social Media Post Of The Week: Talley Farms HELP JOE!;
  • County Government: Supervisors Meet March 15;
  • State Government: Cal Matters - Newsom Paints Rosy Picture, Ignores Big Issues;
  • Federal Government: Morning Ag Clips - AFBF Urges President Biden To Increase Domestic Energy Production;
  • USDA: USDA Tree Assistance Program Available For Freeze Losses;
  • Business Member Spotlight: Coastal Vineyard Services;
  • Feature Member Benefit: Budget Car Rental;
  • Produce: AgAlert - Biodegradable Alternatives To Plastic Mulch Tested;
  • Labor: Fresno Bee - Many California Workers Are Eligible For COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave. Is The Law Being Enforced?;
  • Environmental: Civil Eats - Soil Proof: The Plan To Quantify Regenerative Agriculture;
  • Livestock: California Cattlemen's Association - San Luis Obispo County Modified Point Of Origin Referendum Being Held April 12;
  • Vineyard & Wine: Wine Enthusiast - Why Hybrid Grapes Could Be the Future of Wine; and
  • Water: Agri-Pulse - Water Board Looks to Raise Fees Again on California Agriculture

Mar. 4 Most Read Stories

1. Noise Coming From Proposed Energy facility Site Frustrate Neighbors

2. California Bountiful Magazine Answering the Call

3. San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Position Opening: Deputy Executive Director

4. SLO County had driest January and February in more than 150 years — is this the ‘new normal’?

5. How Mexico’s lucrative avocado industry found itself smack in the middle of gangland

6. San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and Cattlemen's Association letter of "Opposition Unless Amended to SB 856"

7. FARMstead Ed Women's History Month

8. California’s New Death Tax Is A Year Old

9. For these 5 SLO County incumbents, the June 7 election may already be won and done

10. San Luis Obispo Chamber Of Commerce Primary Elections & Redistricting

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Participated in the SLO County Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board March meeting;
  • Made comments to the State Water Board – Fees Committee regarding potential higher fees for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program;
  • Attended the SLO County Farm Worker Outreach Task Force meeting;
  • Participated in a steering committee meeting for the SLO Food System Coalition;
  • Met with Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg;
  • Met with Supervisor Bruce Gibson;
  • Attended the Cal Poly Local Economic Development Committee meeting;
  • Chaired the SLO Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee meeting;
  • Gave a weekly update on agriculture issues on 98.1 KJUG’s Tom & Becky Show;
  • Represented the local ag community on the SLO Health Counts Executive Committee meeting;
  • Made a presentation on the importance of Farm Bureau to a California coffee farm company;
  • Attended California Farm Bureau’s Annual Ag Issues Business Law Update; and
  • Did an interview with KSBY on how high fuel prices are affecting local farmers and ranchers.

Community: Morning Ag Clips - 3 Things That Influence College Graduates From Rural Areas To Return To Their Communities

3 things that influence college graduates from rural areas to return to their communities

When high-achieving students from rural areas go off to college and graduate, they often choose to live in suburban or urban areas instead rural...

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Opinion: Gen Z demands attention and change from food and agriculture

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San Luis Obisop Greenhouses Host 'Open House Scholarship Fundraiser'

CENTRAL COAST GREENHOUSE GROWERS ASSOCIATION -Member nurseries in Nipomo and Arroyo Grande traditionally open to the public for tours every spring; usually in April. Don't miss out on this highly anticipated plant and flower sales. Each participating nursery proudly donates a portion of that day's sales to the CCGGA Scholarship Fund made available to Horticulture students and CCGGA Grower members' children.

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Supervisor Gibson to Speak at Adelaida Farm Center Meeting March 18

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022

Time: Social at 6:30 P.M. Dinner at 7:00 P.M.

Place: Adelaida Schoolhouse - 9001 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles

Dinner: Potluck dinner

Guest Speaker: Supervisor Bruce Gibson

Hosted By: SLO County Farm Bureau Adelaida Farm Center Chair Brandon Wiebe

RSVP: Brandon Wiebe at 805-238-9661 or apachecat2002@yahoo.com. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can have a headcount for dinner.

KSBY -Central Coast farmers feeling pain of rising diesel prices

"There's a bit of concern about how high these prices will go. We can't avoid a lot of these costs. We've got to bring workers in, we have to have those transportation costs to move our product out," said Brent Burchett, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Director. "So it's not like we can stay home and ride this out. These are costs we're gonna have to incur. ...

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Virtual California Farm Day April 1st

Join us virtually to celebrate agriculture while learning about the "99% Club!" California produces 99% of the nation's production of 16 commodities that are enjoyed throughout.

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UC Master Gardener Workshop Registration: Growing Veggies, from Chard to Tomatoes - March 19, 2022

UC Master Gardener Workshop Registration: Growing Veggies, from Chard to Tomatoes - March 19, 2022

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Farm Bureau Members: Farm Bureau Women Are Making a Cookbook and Need YOUR Recipes

The Farm Bureau Women have an exciting project in the works and are asking for your help. They are asking for recipe submissions, along with a short paragraph about your history with farming/agriculture. These submissions will be featured in a cookbook they are hoping to sell at the upcoming Speckled Hens Antique Show and at our 100th Anniversary Celebration. All proceeds of this cookbook will go to scholarships for students attending college for an agricultural related degree. If you would like to be considered for this cookbook, please email all recipes or photos to Jeanne Myers at r4mranch@aol.com OR print out the Recipe Submission document and mail to Farm Bureau at 4875 Morabito Pl., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Please submit all information by Friday, March 18, 2022. Thank you for your continued support of the Farm Bureau and our community!

For the Recipe Submission document, click here.

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SLO County Agriculture Community Asked To Sign Letter Opposing Santa Maria Levee Trail Extension 

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is considering an extension of the Santa Maria Levee Trail, and local farmers are organizing opposition to the extension. Nearly 100 acres of prime farmland will have to be taken out of production if the extension is approved. Even if you are not directly impacted, local agriculture supporters are still asked to sign on to the letter.  Read the letter and sign on here.

Social Media Post Of The Week: Talley Farms HELP JOE!

County Government: Supervisors Meet March 15


SLO County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, March 15. To review the agenda and watch the meeting click here, and see detail on agenda items here. Items of interest to agriculture include:

  • Item 11 - Request to appoint Melanie Blankenship and appoint Elizabeth Covert as District 1 representatives to the Water Resources Advisory Committee . All Districts. 
  • Item 15 - Request to 1) authorize the Director of Groundwater Sustainability, or designee, to sign an agreement with the Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) for the County to provide funding for the reimbursement of costs incurred by LOCSD for the purposes of developing a Los Osos Basin groundwater transient model, in an amount not to exceed $150,000, and subject to approval as to form and legal effect by County Counsel; and 2) authorize a budget adjustment in the amount of $150,000, transferring appropriation from FC 20101 – Public Works SGMA to FC 205 – Groundwater Sustainability Department, by 4/5 vote. District 2. 
  • Item 22 - Request to 1) receive and file a report on the implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) efforts in eight local groundwater basins; and 2) authorize budget adjustment in the amount of $252,900, transferring budget appropriations from Fund Center (FC) 20101 – Public Works SGMA to FC 205 – Groundwater Sustainability Department; and 3) amend the FY 2021-22 Fixed Asset List by transferring one groundwater monitoring well for a total value of $29,472 from FC 20101 – Public Works SGMA to FC 205 – Groundwater Sustainability Department; and 4) authorize and direct the Groundwater Sustainability Director, or designee, to provide written notice to the City of Paso Robles (City) of a proposed Paso Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Amendment, respond to any timely request by the City for consultation, and review and consider any comments by the City in accordance with the requirements of Water Code Section 10728.4. All Districts. 
  • Item 31 - Request to 1) receive and file a 60-day update on current drought conditions and related management actions for the Board’s review of the continuing need for the July 13, 2021, proclamation of local emergency pursuant to Government Code section 8630; and 2) direct staff to develop a contract with the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) to transfer state water as a drought mitigation strategy and find the transfer exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 21000 et seq. of the California Public Resources Code. All Districts. 
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State Government: Cal Matters - Newsom Paints Rosy Picture, Ignores Big Issues

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FAIR Plan Bumps Up Coverage Limits

From Agri-Pulse's Daybreak West - March 11, 2022

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday increased commercial coverage limits for the state’s insurer of last resort for the first time since the 1990s.

“Offering expanded coverage to businesses will help as our state continues its economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Lara.

The changes will allow farms and wineries in high wildfire risk areas to secure the insurance needed to continue operating. Roger Isom, who leads trade groups for processors and cotton ginners, said the new limits will be “a lifeline to farm owners and agricultural processing facilities in fire-prone areas that have lost coverage through the insurance market.”

The proposed increases will rise from $4.5 million to $8.4 million for the Division 1 Commercial Property Program and from $3.6 million to $7.2 million for the Division II Businessowners Program. The changes will take effect before May 1.

On that note: The insurance department is also proposing new regulations that would require insurers to factor wildfire safety actions into the pricing of commercial and residential insurance.

The changes would lead to discounts in coverage for safety precautions and provide transparency on how insurers score properties for wildfire risk.

Newsom paints rosy picture, ignores big issues

California is a shining example of economic and social progress, a beacon to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world. Doubt it? It must be true because Gov. said it Tuesday in his fourth State of the State address, declaring, “now, in the midst of so much turmoil with stacking stresses and dramatic social and economic change, California is doing what we have done for generations, ...

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UCLA: Ukraine War Creates Risks for California Economy Recovering from COVID

Just as the California economy seemed poised to return to some semblance of normalcy after COVID, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created uncertainty and risk. That was the conclusion of the UCLA Anderson Forecast in its quarterly economic report released Wednesday. "Once again, our economic forecast comes with considerable uncertainty," said senior economist Leo Feler.

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Are Autonomous Self-Driving Tractors Legal in California? - American Vineyard Magazine

As California's agricultural industries progress towards a more sustainable future with new technologies and innovations, current Cal OSHA regulations (unless changed) may hinder their progress, particularly with regard to autonomous or self-driving tractors. Watch this brief video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he explains.

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California Farm Bureau's Friday Review - State Legislative and Governmental Affairs March 11

INSURANCE - California Department of Insurance Increases FAIR Plan Commercial Coverage - Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced on Thursday, March 10, 2022 significant increases in the limits of coverage to the FAIR Plan’s commercial programs that are offered to businesses, no later than May 1, 2022.

WILDFIRE - On Tuesday, March 08, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee (SNRW) heard SB 896 (Bill Dodd, D-Napa) and SB 936 (Steve Glazer, D-Alameda). SB 896 requires any local government entity that is qualified to conduct defensible space assessments in very high and high fire hazard severity zones and that reports that information to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to report that information using a common reporting platform.

WILD PIGS - This week, the Senate Natural resources and Water Committee heard SB 856 (Bill Dodd, D– Napa) a bill that would affect regulations regarding hunting of feral pigs.

Addis captures California Democratic Party endorsement, leads fundraising

With freshly drawn boundary lines bringing Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties into the same Assembly district for the first time, candidates running for the 30th District have a big task ahead of them: getting to know voters who may have never heard their names before.

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Federal Government: Morning Ag Clips - AFBF Urges President Biden To Increase Domestic Energy Production

State of: Traits and Circumstances

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. Influence, especially political influence, is largely where traits and circumstances meet.

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AFBF urges President Biden to increase domestic energy production

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall sent a letter today to President Joe Biden asking him to take the necessary steps to address high energy costs impacting all Americans. Over the past 15 months, oil prices have increased by 130% to more than $120 per barrel.

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California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy Update March 10.

Ag Groups and Lawmakers Continue Pushing for Right to Repair Farm Equipment

Increasing awareness and support is coming from a variety of sources on the issue of the right to repair. Several states have been working to advance various types of legislation affecting a multitude of devices and equipment. Lawmakers and agricultural groups have also been engaging in efforts to eliminate some of the barriers to repairing equipment.

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USDA: USDA Tree Assistance Program Available For Freeze Losses


USDA Tree, Vineyard Assistance Program Available for Freeze Losses

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Blong Xiong reminds orchardists, nursery tree growers, and vineyardists who experienced losses from natural disasters during calendar year 2022, including the recent freeze, to apply for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

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Bribery at border brings felony charge for USDA technician

USDA Lead Animal Health Technician Roberto Adams has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of bribery of a public official and demanded a jury trial. A Grand Jury indictment accuses Adams of accepting bribes from March 2019 through November 2021 to allow tick-infested and diseased cattle to enter the United States without inspection or quarantine.

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Our team of professionally trained viticulturalists understand the meticulous care involved in growing fine wine grapes. During all phases of the growing cycle and harvest, we focus on the specific needs of each client vineyard. Our knowledgeable foreman and experienced crews are skilled in all aspects of precision grape growing. We make it our priority to efficiently meet the unique goals of our winery and grower partners.

Coastal Vineyard Services is a complete management company offering a variety of client services from vineyard design and installation to full scale annual management. Our team has been growing premium wine grapes on the Central Coast for over 30 years. We specialize in customized sustainable growing techniques that maximize efficiency and quality in the vineyard. We are experts in farming vineyards of all sizes, producing varieties for luxury and value price brands.

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Click here to get your Farm Bureau member-only rate and pick from your favorite convertibles, SUVs, and a whole lot more.

Produce: AgAlert - Biodegradable Alternatives To Plastic Mulch Tested


Biodegradable alternatives to plastic mulch tested 

California Farm Bureau’s AgAlert, March 9, 2022 - By Bob Johnson  

Plastic mulch protects some long-season crops from weeds, reduces irrigation water loss to evaporation and boosts yields. But it also may leave tiny particles that can threaten soil health. 

Agriculture uses 1.5 million tons of plastic mulch a year globally, mostly in China. 

Now potential downsides of its use in California strawberry fields are drawing scrutiny, and growers are increasingly experimenting with sustainable, plant-based mulches, as research continues on improving biodegradable products that aren't harmful to soil. 

"California farmers dispose of 51,000 tons of plastic annually," said Seeta Sistla, a soil ecologist at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. "Strawberries account for more than 10,000 tons of plastic waste a year. We see plastic pieces left in the field after mulch is removed." 

Although the tarp is removed after the season, small plastic particles are left behind and can become permanent parts of the soil. 

"Plastic is building up in fields even when it is removed after the season," Sistla said. "Plastic is accumulating in many agricultural systems. We see plastic pieces left in the field after mulch is removed. They are not deteriorating; they are accumulating in the soil." ...

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Researchers seek resistant varieties of strawberries 

California Farm Bureau’s AgAlert, March 9, 2022 - By Bob Johnson  

University of California, Davis, researchers are well on the way toward their goal of breeding strawberry varieties resistant to the crop's major soil-borne diseases: fusarium wilt, macrophomina charcoal rot, verticillium and phytophthora.

Because these diseases can persist in the soil for three to 10 years, resistant varieties are essential for control.

The next varieties headed toward release have resistance to fusarium, a disease that has been challenging to manage for many growers.

"We discovered single gene resistance to fusarium race 1 in 2016," said Steve Knapp, director of the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis. "It has been validated since then in the field."

Fusarium wilt can cause plants to collapse and die late in the season, and the pathogens can survive in the soil for up to three years. The disease tends to be most severe when warmer weather stresses the plants.

Knapp made his remarks as he discussed variety breeding during the annual strawberry production research meeting held online in early February. "I'm guessing we will put up three varieties for release by the university later this year," he said. ...

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Upcoming UC Ag Experts Talk - Webinars: 

  • April 6, 2022 (3 to 4 pm) - Considerations in Management of Vegetable Crop Viruses: 
  • In this webinar, Thomas Turini, Vegetable Crops Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension Fresno County, will discuss vegetable crops diseases caused by viruses in the Central San Joaquin Valley with a focus on recent changes in virus incidence and management options. Recognition of symptoms, diagnostic limitations, risk factors and options for management will be included. 1.0 CEU (other) from DPR and 1 CEU (IPM) from CCA are pending. Register here
  • May 11, 2022 (3 to 4 pm) - Downy mildew of vegetables 
  • In this webinar, Dr. Alexander I. Putman, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Assistant Plant Pathologist with the University of California at Riverside, will discuss virus diseases in vegetable crops and management. 1.0 CEU (other) from DPR and 1 CEU (IPM) from CCA are pending. Register here. 
  • July 27, 2022 (3 to 4 pm) - Mealybugs in Citrus 
  • In this webinar, Dr. Sandipa Gautam, University of California Cooperative Extension Area Citrus IPM Advisor at Lindcove Research & Extension Center and Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, will discuss citrus mealybugs in the San Joaquin Valley and how they have become increasingly more concerning over the last 2 to 3 years. Biology, monitoring, and management will be included. 1.0 CEU (other) from DPR and 1 CEU (IPM) from CCA are pending. Register here

Arctic Cold ag freezer facility approved on Betteravia east of Santa Maria

A new large agricultural processing facility and freezer east of Santa Maria won unanimous approval Wednesday from the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission after a 3½-hour hearing that focused on traffic, water and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Labor: Fresno Bee - Many California Workers Are Eligible For COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave. Is The Law Being Enforced?

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California Farm Labor Contractors Association: 2-Hour Online Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors on March 15 

English 8:30-10:45am Register here. Spanish 12:30-2:45pm Register here.

This two-hour online seminar fulfills the supervisor training requirements on harassment prevention in compliance with SB 1343 and SB 1087. The session provides practical and interactive education on the rights and responsibilities of supervisors to prevent and report any type of harassment, bullying, retaliation, or other forms of related discrimination. Multiple attendees can participate on a single connection. Participants will leave understanding: 

  • What sexual harassment is and how to prevent it 
  • How to manage discrimination/harassment based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation 
  • What workplace bullying is and ways to eliminate it 
  • How to properly report and manage harassment issues 

Health and Safety on the Farm and Ranch: Trainings Presented by Nationwide address risk management topics and more throughout the year, many in both English and Spanish. Trainings are held via Zoom. HAM Training is available in-person at SLO County Farm Bureau's office. For class schedule and to register: Click Here.

Many California workers are eligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave. Is the law being enforced?

The central San Joaquin Valley's top labor organizations say they want to see stricter enforcement of the COVID-19 paid sick leave law and other labor regulations. Worker advocates also say they want to see better outreach about labor rights to rural farmworkers, as well as people who don't speak English or Spanish, such as those who speak Punjabi, Hmong and Indigenous...

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Turlock farmer addresses labor violations. What's next for farmworkers who weren't paid?

A Turlock employer fined for labor violations questioned why a federal agency recently announced findings more than a year after completing an investigation. Edgar Perez, who runs Perez Bros Farms Inc. with his brother and father, also told The Bee the investigation dealt with paperwork technicalities and his family has paid all fines.

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Environmental: Civil Eats - Soil Proof: The Plan To Quantify Regenerative Agriculture

California wants to eradicate microplastics. Will a new strategy be enough?

icroplastics can be found everywhere, from waterways to fish to inside the human body's soft tissues. And it's only getting worse - 11m metric tons of plastic enter the planet's oceans each year, an amount that is expected to triple by 2040. California is trying to get ahead of the problem, becoming the first US state to put in place a comprehensive plan for tackling microplastics...

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Bay Area environmental groups close watching Supreme Court case that would limit EPA's authority

Environmental advocate David Lewis of Save the Bay believes the work of Environmental Protection Agency is critical for California and the health of the Bay Area's environment. He's concerned about a highly publicized case now before the United States Supreme court, that could potentially limit the EPA's power.

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Soil Proof: The Plan to Quantify Regenerative Agriculture

It's an unseasonably warm February day near Turlock, California, and farmer-researcher Jonathan Lundgren is handing out tiny white balls of clay. A group of us have gathered at the edge of the almond orchard at Burroughs Family Farms, a 400-acre organic, regenerative farm in the San Joaquin Valley, for a field day.

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Livestock: California Cattlemen's Association - San Luis Obispo County Modified Point Of Origin Referendum Being Held April 12

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San Luis Obispo County Modified Point of Origin Referendum Being Held April 12

From California Cattlemen’s Association – March 7, 2022 Legislative Bulletin 

The San Luis Obispo County Cattleman’s Association (SLOCCA) will be holding a vote to repeal the Modified Point of Origin (MPO) regulations currently in place in the San Luis Obispo County brand inspection area. Only cattle producers (beef and dairy) that are property taxpayers, lessees or residents of the MPO area are permitted to vote. Voting will take place on April 12, 2022 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Frontier Building at the Paso Robles Event Center (Mid-State Fairgrounds). 

In order to proceed with amending California Code of Regulations (CCR), section 850, the proposal to repeal the regulation must be passed by a two-thirds margin of those voting. Only one vote per family, partnership, corporation or other business entity. If you qualify to vote you should plan to attend. To read the code, Google "California Department of Food and Agricultural Code" and scroll down to Sections 21111 through 21112. 


If you have questions on the referendum please reach out to San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s President Seth Scribner at scribnerPE@gmail.com.

Gene-edited beef cattle get regulatory clearance in US

U.S. regulators on Monday cleared the way for the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle in coming years after the Food and Drug Administration concluded the animals do not raise any safety concerns. The cattle by Recombinetics are the third genetically altered animals given the green light for human consumption in the U.S.

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Vineyard & Wine: Wine Enthusiast - Why Hybrid Grapes Could Be the Future of Wine 

Bottle Bash Central Coast – March 29 at Paso Robles Event Center 

Wine Business Monthly is hosting the annual Bottle Bash Central Coast—an afternoon for networking, collaboration and celebration of the region. Held from 3:30 - 5:30 pm March 29, Bottle Bash sits between two of the Central Coast’s premier wine industry conferences: Central Coast Insights and WiVi Central Coast. 

This year Bottle Bash features wines from past WBM Hot Brands winners that bucked trends. They challenged the status quo with unusual varieties, smart marketing inspired by the beauty industry and a winemaking mentality focused on silky textures. 

  • Thacher Winery & Vineyard's Valdiguie 
  • J Wilkes' Voignier 
  • Obvious Wines' No.01 Dark and Bold 
  • The Hilt Estate's Vanguard Pinot Noir 

Additional local treats featured include Firestone Walker beer and pizza from Cahoots! No ticket is required, and you don’t have to be registered for CCI or WiVi to attend. Bottle Bash welcomes anyone and everyone who is part of the Central Coast wine industry. You must be age 21 or older to attend Bottle Bash.

Why Hybrid Grapes Could Be the Future of Wine | Wine Enthusiast

The National Weather Service began recording temperature across the U.S. in 1901. The year 2016 was the warmest, followed by 2020. This past decade was the warmest 10-year span on record. Vintage write-ups have been filled with notes of extremes in addition to record-breaking heat: drought, humidity, fires.

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Water: Agri-Pulse - Water Board Looks to Raise Fees Again on California Agriculture

Water board looks to raise fees again on California agriculture

Agri-Pulse - March 10, 2022

The State Water Resources Control Board has given an early forecast of fee increases for the next fiscal year based on current state budget projections.

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Opinion: California must move forward with water projects

Prior to Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State speech, there is one item to examine that serves as a building block for all the issues the governor will address - water. Despite unexpected storms in late 2021, California is braced for another year of drought.

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Diverters reminded to measure water use under law 

California Farm Bureau’s AgAlert, March 9, 2022 By Christine Souza 

Data is key to better understanding and managing California's water supply. However, the state reports a lack of compliance by affected water-rights holders, who are required to report the water they divert. 

"Even though we initially opposed the regulation, it is the law, so it is very important that people are in compliance," said Danny Merkley, California Farm Bureau director of water resources. "It protects our existing water-rights system, which was designed for times of scarcity, like we have now, and it works if we get the data." 

Regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board in 2016 established penalties for those required to measure and report water diversions. 

Mandated under Senate Bill 88 in 2015, the rules apply to those who have previously diverted or intend to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year. They also impact water-rights holders who are authorized to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year under a permit, license or registration. 

"It is going to be very important that we find a way to get more people to be in compliance," Merkley said. "Until recently, there were no penalties. There are penalties now, and $500 a day can add up pretty quick." ...

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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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Protect your finances and your future 

Join California Farm Bureau and Nationwide for an educational webinar where you’ll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence. For more detailed questions about your personal financial needs, consider calling 855-863-9636 for a complimentary one-on-one consultation with a licensed Nationwide representative.  

Protecting your farm and family with life insurance 

Protect your family and your farm by learning how to match different types of life insurance to your varying needs. Whether you're a new farmer just starting out or you've spent many decades growing your operation, life insurance can serve as an important tool in protecting your family and your business. Learn how different types of life insurance can help cover debt obligations, provide a future source of tax-free income or help ensure a smooth transition of your farm operation to the next generation.

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View the on-demand webinar: Understanding life insurance 

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