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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

March 18, 2022


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SLO County's Steven Easterby, Daryn Miller Advocate for Agriculture at Capitol Ag Conference

We’re lucky 🍀 to have local agriculture leaders like SLO County Farm Bureau members Steven Easterby and Daryn Miller who will take time away from their families and work this week to drive to Sacramento and advocate for our SLO agriculture community!

As part of California Farm Bureau’s Capitol Ag Day, Steven and Daryn visited with Senator John Laird’s Chief of Staff Richard Stapler, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, and California Department of Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross (pictured above) about issues affecting our farmers and ranchers. They also helped shape our policy positions by serving on two Issue Advisory Committees covering issues ranging from port congestion to crop protection regulations.

(L to R) Daryn Miller, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, and Steven Easterby

(L to R) Steven Easterby, State Senator John Laird's Chief of Staff Richard Stapler, and SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Director Brent Burchett

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Paso Robles Daily News - Colleen Bojorquez Named New Mid-State Fair CEO;
  • State Government: KUSI - California Republicans Have Proposed Pausing the 51-Cent Gas Tax Temporarily;
  • Federal Government: Politico - White House To Withdraw Key Agricultural Trade Nominee;
  • Business Member Spotlight: Madonna Inn;
  • Feature Member Benefit: Cash IH;
  • Produce: Morning Ag Clips - FDA Will Not Conduct Broad Sampling Of Leafy Greens In The Salinas Valley In 2022;
  • Labor: New At Farm Employers Labor Services March 13, 2022;
  • Environmental: KVPR - Drought Has Already Cost Close To $2 billion And 14,000 Jobs, And It's Likely Not Over Yet;
  • Livestock: The Business Journal - BLOG: New Sacramento Bill 'Another Attempt To Kill The Agriculture Industry';
  • Vineyard & Wine: Paso Robles Daily News - Food & Wine Magazine Names Local Winemaker An Innovator Of The Year; and
  • Water: Courthouse News - Judge OKs Plan For California Water Projects Pending Review Of Trump-era Policies.

Mar. 11 Most Read Stories

1. 3 things that influence college graduates from rural areas to return to their communities

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

3. Help support Joe through his Chemotherapy

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

5. San Luis Obispo Coast AVA: What's in a name?

6. Answering the Call

7. Levee Trail Opposition Letter

8. Growing Veggies, from Chard to Tomatoes.

9. Central Coast farmers feeling pain of rising diesel prices

10. Soil Proof: The Plan to Quantify Regenerative Agriculture

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Held a SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Committee meeting; 
  • Farm Bureau members Steven Easterby, Daryn Miller and staff attended California Farm Bureau’s Capitol Ag Conference and Issue Advisory Committee meetings; 
  • Held a SLO County Young Farmers & Ranchers officers meeting;
  • Monitored the March 15 SLO County Board of Supervisors agenda; 
  • Discussed drought issues and the Lake Lopez Low Reservoir Response Plan with County Public Works staff;
  • Monitored the Shandon-San Juan Water District meeting;
  • Participated in the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee meeting; 
  • Gave our Farm Bureau weekly update on 98.1 KJUG The Tom & Becky Show; and
  • Monitored the SLO Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Commission.

Community: Paso Robles Daily News - Colleen Bojorquez Named New Mid-State Fair CEO

How much are wind energy leases off SLO County worth? NY auction offers a hint

How big could the Morro Bay wind project be? Maybe $2 billion big? That could be the case if recent bids for leases off the coast of New York are any indication. The results are in from the first federal ...

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Apply by April 29 for Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this national business competition ...

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San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency Monthly Update

View as a webpage / Share If you're enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, you must protect all cropland and noncropland acres on the farm from wind and water erosion and noxious weeds.

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Colleen Bojorquez named new Mid-State Fair CEO

The California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Colleen Bojorquez as the new Chief Executive Officer of the California Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center, effective March 1, 2022. Bojorquez was named Interim CEO in 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cal Poly Tomato Spectacular plant sale to feature more than 75 varieties

Cal Poly's annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale will be held this year on April 1-2 and April 15-16. More than 75 different types of tomato plants will be available, including Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg's Breakfast, Vintage Wine, and a selection of cherry tomato plants.

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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.

Saturday, April 9: Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association 19th Annual 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.  Scholarship applications are due March 31! Learn more here.

State Government: KUSI - California Republicans Have Proposed Pausing the 51-Cent Gas Tax Temporarily

Trucking coalition wants way around looming CARB emissions rule

A diverse coalition of trucking groups is urging the California Air Resources Board to consider alternative solutions to an emissions rule that would require owners that operate in the state to upgrade their aging equipment to include 2010 model year or newer diesel engines by the end of the year.

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California republican state legislators have proposed pausing the 51-cent gas tax temporarily

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County Monday recorded its smallest increase during a 20- day streak of increases, rising three-tenths of a cent to a record $5.766. The average price has risen $1.022 during the streak, including by at least 10 cents six times between March 4 and...

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California Farm Bureau's Friday Review - State Legislative and Governmental Affairs March 18

The Senate Agriculture Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 24th to hear two important bills of note. This includes SB 1308 (Anna Caballero, D-Salinas) which would create a 25% purchase preference for domestically produced agricultural products for community colleges, CSUs and K-12 schools. Farm Bureau is evaluating this bill for a potential to include a California-grown preference. Also, the Committee will hear SB 982 (John Laird, D-Santa Cruz). This bill would create an organic apple certification program at the Department of Food and Agriculture. Farm Bureau is in support of SB 982.

Senator Stern amended SB 1292 and the bill has been set for hearing in Senate Housing Committee on March 24, 2022. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for physical that includes a housing element. Existing law requires the housing element to include, among other things, an inventory of land suitable and available for residential development, and imposes various requirements on a city, county, or city and county upon receiving an application for a housing development project meeting certain standards. As amended, SB 1292, authorizes the local jurisdiction to restrict the development of residential housing in moderate, high, and very high fire hazard severity zones, as defined by the State Fire Marshall, if it adopts a plan ensuring the production of at least double the number of residential units not developed as a result of the restriction. Interesting, with the amendments, Assembly member Laura Friedman was removed as a Principal Co- Author.

The Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee will be hosting an informational hearing on the state’s efforts related to 30x30 on Tuesday, March 22 . This hearing will be following the Committee’s regularly scheduled hearing on bills at 1:30pm. The current draft 30x30 report does not propose to include within the definition of “conserved” any acres under Williamson Act contracts, state or federally supported climate smart agricultural practices, agricultural easements, or grazing leases. Farm Bureau staff will make public testimony, but we encourage any interested members to comment as well. Information on the hearing, including how to testify, can be found here.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation has announced they will be hosting a webinar detailing next steps and public outreach related to the pesticide mill assessment on March 30th at 10am. The mill assessed on a per dollar sales basis on all pesticidal products in California. In 2021, the Department attempted to adjust the mill assessment from a flat rate of ($0.021/$ sale) to a tiered assessment structure (with a maximum rate of $0.046/$ sale) based on toxicity. This attempt failed, but in lieu of a changed structure, the Legislature offered DPR funds to contract to engage stakeholders, assess weaknesses of the mill assessment structure and provide recommendations, which may likely include a tiered mill assessment. The webinar can be seen here live and will be available on DPR’s YouTube page. More information can be found here.

A measure that would provide that the approval of a groundwater sustainability plan by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) shall not determine groundwater rights was amended this week. SB 1372 (Henry Stern, D-Los Angeles) would not allow the approval of a groundwater sustainability plan by DWR to determine the allocation of groundwater pumping rights in the GSP to be consistent with groundwater rights law. Simply put, groundwater rights are ultimately determined by the courts in adjudications. Farm Bureau is reviewing these amendments favorably.

Federal Government: Politico - White House To Withdraw Key Agricultural Trade Nominee

California Farm Bureau - Federal Policy News for March 17, 2022

  • USDA announces plans for $250 million investment to support innovative American-made fertilizer
  • Crop insurance member call invitation (Farmbill)
  • California Farm Bureau submits comments to Dept. of Interior on 30x30 initiative
  • USDA Farm Service Agency to hold drought & farm loan programs webinar
  • USDA announces $25 million in technical assistance for historically underserved ag employers
  • Climate smart commodities application deadline extended
  • Administration seeks nominations for wildfire commission
  • FDA announces enforcement guidance for portions of FSMA

Read the update here

American Farm Bureau Market Intel: Ukraine, Russia, Volatile Ag Markets

Though a distant second for now to the humanitarian crisis brought on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the market volatility occurring along with it has many worried about how rising commodity prices will affect those outside of the region. As is well known, Ukraine is a powerhouse producer and exporter of some key agricultural...

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White House to withdraw key agricultural trade nominee

The withdrawal of Trevino's nomination, however, will prolong the vacancy in a key role at USTR at a time when agricultural trade and rising food prices have attracted global interest. Russia's war in Ukraine has triggered foreign export controls on grain and prompted rising concern about food supplies around the world.

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Business Member Spotlight:

Madonna Inn


For over 60 years the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California’s landmark attractions and today it is a sought after lodging, meeting and convention destination.

The Madonna Inn offers an unforgettable experience with fine dining & entertainment, unique overnight lodging, banquet rooms for intimate weddings & receptions, exclusive clothing, gift & wine shops, horseback rides, hiking paths and more.

Located on the grounds: 110 rooms each with a special theme, a picturesque European-style pool & state of the art exercise room, a celestial Day Spa and the largest convention center on the Central Coast. Enjoy these impressive amenities...attracting visitors looking for a resort-style retreat just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo

100 Madonna Road | San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

New Collegiate Members

Shane Brennan, Chelsea Rogell

Renewing Members

Peter Felthousen, Reymondo Manuel, Dawn Ortiz Legg, Norma Newdoll, Fordens Corp

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Feature Member Benefit: Cash IH

Find out which Case IH tractor best fits your needs with the four-question Right Red Tractor tool: caseih.com/northamerica/en-us/tools-resources/right-red-tractor. Whether it recommends a Farmall, Vestrum, or Maxxum, you can save up to $500 off your purchase with your Farm Bureau membership. You may even be able to combine it with other national discounts and promotions! Visit slofarmbureau.org/membership/case-ih/ to get your discount certificate today! 

Ask your dealer about combining California Farm Bureau’s incentive with other discounts, promotions, rebates, or available offers.

Produce: Morning Ag Clips - FDA Will Not Conduct Broad Sampling Of Leafy Greens In The Salinas Valley In 2022


New vacuum may doom lygus bugs in strawberries

By Bob Johnson in AgAlert

A space-age-looking tractor with barrels in the front and to the side of the rig could revolutionize the use of vacuums to remove lygus bugs from strawberry plants.

When the barrels are folded into position, the machine can suck pests from four rows of strawberries in a single pass as it rumbles across a field.

The new high-powered bug vacuum was developed at the Strawberry Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. It can vacuum more powerfully and inhale far more pests than earlier bug vacuums.

"This is a four-row system that moves more air and removes 2.3 times more lygus bugs than earlier bug vacuums," said John Lin, production automation manager at the Strawberry Center. Lin is part of the research team assembled at the Strawberry Center, as part of a 9-year-old collaboration between Cal Poly and the California Strawberry Commission.

He made his remarks as researchers discussed promising new tools for lygus management during the annual strawberry production research meeting held online last month. Lygus bugs damage berries by feeding on the seeds, resulting in misshapen fruit that cannot be marketed. Damaged berries are referred to as being catfaced.

Growers previously managed the pest with malathion, but resistance has become widespread and lygus can grow to epidemic levels by the summer.

"I've been called out to see 100% loss in July and August," said Mark Bolda, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor based in Watsonville. "It looks like an aphid but moves around a lot faster. It causes catfacing or twisted fruit." ...

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Driscoll's and Plenty Commit to Build Their First Commercial Strawberry Indoor Vertical Farm

WATSONVILLE & SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 15, 2022-- One year after announcing their joint research and development work to grow strawberries indoors, Driscoll's, the leading consumer brand in fresh premium berries, and Plenty Unlimited Inc. are expanding their relationship to build a new indoor vertical farm dedicated exclusively to strawberries.

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FDA will not conduct broad sampling of leafy greens in the Salinas Valley in 2022

PUBLISHED ON IRVINE, Calif. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not conduct broad sampling of leafy greens grown in the Salinas Valley region of California for the 2022 growing season. The decision was made based on data from Western Growers, the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture inspection activities.

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Organic Seed Report: Most Organic Growers Still Using Conventional Seeds

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) envisions an organic food system built on a foundation of organic seed. The purpose of the State of Organic Seed project is to measure progress in achieving this goal. (View the full 2022 report here.) The USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) requires the use of organic seed when commercially available.

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Ways to Apply the New IPM Model to Strawberry Production

Strawberry crop demands exacting production methods. So it is a perfect crop to apply the new integrated pest management (IPM) model. This example will help apply this new model to other crops. Why Have a New IPM Model? There are several reasons to revisit IPM.

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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

More detail, key updates in new edition of pesticide safety manual

PUBLISHED ON DAVIS, Calif. - Expanded from four chapters in the previous edition to 12, the third edition of Pesticide Safety: A Study Manual for Private Applicators aims to be more than just a study guide.

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Labor: New At Farm Employers Labor Services March 13, 2022


New at Farm Employers Labor Service March 13, 2022

Ag Employment News 

Hiring Season: With Springtime around the corner, California ag employers will be heavily engaged in hiring for the upcoming season. FELS Newsletter subscribers can access at FELS’ website valuable Hiring Resources including links to forms and checklists that can help make sure you don’t forget something when you’re hiring. FELS can also help with a Standard Form Employee Handbook or a Custom Employee Handbook. And, if you don’t already have your worksite employee postings or customized plans like your Injury and Illness Prevention Program, FELS can help too. You can call 800-753-9073 or email us at info@fels.net for more information. 


March 26, 2022 (webinar): Streamlining Your Employment Compliance with Harvust: Farm Employers Labor Services is partnering with Harvust, 2021 American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, to offer electronic and remote software solutions for hiring, training, and communicating with your employees. FELS subscribers can find FELS training and hiring materials ready to go on Harvust and will receive $500 free use of Harvust tools when they sign up. Riley Clubb, owner of Harvust, will brief webinar participants on how Harvust is streamlining labor compliance for farms in California today, and how FELS subscribers can easily modernize their own workplace and safety culture. 

You can find more information and registration at Webinars by Farm Employers Labor Service

March 23, April 13, May 10 and June 7, 2022 (in-person training): Mandatory Produce Safety Training: The Food Safety Training Partnership, a cooperative effort of California Farm Bureau, Farm Employers Labor Service, and the Safe Food Alliance, is offering produce safety training required by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Trainings will be offered in-person in Woodland, Santa Rosa, Escondido and Salinas. The $35 training fee is substantially subsidized by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. 

You can find registration and more information at the Food Safety Training Partnership website

FELS Webinar Recordings/Slides Available! 

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): 

Video and presentation slides from FELS' February 23 webinar "COVID Paid Sick Leave is Back! Are You Ready?", February 7 & 14, 2022 webinars "New Ag Employment Requirements for 2022 and video of FELS' February 2, 2022 webinar "CalSavers Sign-Up Deadline Coming Soon: Are You Ready?" is available at Webinars by Farm Employers Labor Service

Questions? Comments? Please call us at 800-753-9073 or email us at info@fels.net.

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California Farm Labor Contractor Association - Stifling of FLC Rules

Earlier this month, the industry scored a major victory against the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC)'s long-standing rules governing Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) participating in the H-2A non-immigrant visa program. For the uninitiated, OFLC is the agency within the U.S.

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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 registration: 

click here.

Tuesday, April 19th 9:00am – 11:00am - RSVP to administration@montereycfb.com to register. Please RSVP by April 15th. Call 831-751-3100 with questions. Presented by Nationwide Insurance and Monterey County Farm Bureau 

Environmental: KVPR - Drought Has Already Cost Close To $2 billion And 14,000 Jobs, And It's Likely Not Over Yet

USDA report shows a decade of conservation trends

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report shows use of no-till, crop rotations, more efficient irrigation methods and advanced technologies have climbed in recent years.

The report from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) demonstrates progress made through voluntary conservation over a 10-year period.

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Drought has already cost close to $2 billion and 14,000 jobs, and it's likely not over yet

A new report estimates that in 2021, drought conditionscost California agriculture $1.2 billion and another half a billion dollars in other sectors . The report, written by researchers at both UC Merced and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), blames these economic impacts on one of the driest water years on record, which resulted in huge water losses

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USLTRCD: Board of Directors Position Open- Invitation to Apply

Volunteer Director Positions Open Are you interested in helping guide the Upper Salinas - Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (USLTRCD) through a period of enormous growth? Do you have a passion for natural resource management and conserving habitat and ecosystems? The US-LT RCD has successfully worked with local stake holders, ...

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Natural and working lands, including farms and ranches, critical to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductions

CDFA Home Planting Seeds Blog Natural and working lands, including farms and ranches, critical to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductionsCDFA's Planting Seeds Blog By Virginia Jameson, CDFA Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands

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Farmers key to renewable energy future

California is progressing toward its goal of achieving 100% renewable and carbon-neutral electricity by 2045, and agriculture may be an integral part of the solution. Farmers statewide have invested in renewable-energy technologies near vineyards, row-crop farms and atop walnut dryers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 8% of California farms have an on-site renewable-energy system.

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California's energy future hinges on lithium, from solar panels to batteries. Here's what we know.

Already, the state has committed to having 60% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. These steps are part of larger plans to combat the worsening impacts of climate change, which are driven by greenhouse gas emissions.

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Livestock: The Business Journal - BLOG: New Sacramento Bill 'Another Attempt To Kill The Agriculture Industry'

California EHV Outbreak Update - The Horse

Herpesvirus is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and equine herpesvirus myeloencephalitis (EHM, the neurologic form). In many horses, the first or only sign of EHV-1 infection is fever, which can go undetected.

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BLOG: New Sacramento bill 'another attempt to kill the agriculture industry'

California's agriculture community produces nearly half of the country's fruit, nuts, and vegetables, and is responsible for feeding millions of families at home and around the globe. With nearly 70,000 farming operations across 24.3 million acres of land, California remains the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation, generating at least $100 billion in related economic activity a year.

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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.

Vineyard & Wine: Paso Robles Daily News - Food & Wine Magazine Names Local Winemaker An Innovator Of The Year

California Final Grape Crush Report Reveals Higher Tonnage - American Vineyard Magazine

The 2021 crush totaled 3,877,584 tons, up 9.2% from the 2020 crush of 3,551,312 tons - revealing that the preliminary report was off by about 18,743 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,031,242 tons, up 11.5% from 2020.

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Food & Wine magazine names local winemaker an innovator of the year

Food & Wine Magazine this week named its 2022 Drinks Innovators of the Year. It recognizes eight people "who are making positive change in the way we drink, from developing a remarkably delicious non-alcoholic beer by rethinking the brewing process to creating a fund to help Black entrepreneurs succeed in the beverage industry," the magazine says.

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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.

Water: Courthouse News - Judge OKs Plan For California Water Projects Pending Review Of Trump-era Policies

Judge OKs plan for California water projects pending review of Trump-era policies

Rejecting objections by environmental and farming industry groups, a federal judge green-lighted a revised, government-endorsed plan to manage water projects in California with extra protections for endangered fish. FRESNO, Calif.

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Farms, fish and the future: State water board must balance the needs of all Californians

OPINION AND COMMENTARY On Wednesday, March 16 the State Water Resources Control Board will meet to discuss Sacramento River temperature management and its impact on salmon for 2022 and beyond. Salmon, salmon fishermen, and all Californians, are struggling with drought impacts. And as we work toward long-term solutions, that doesn't make this year...

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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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