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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

October 10, 2022


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Celebrating 100 years of San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau at the 2022 Pioneer Day Parade in Paso Robles! 🚜 Thank you SLO County Young Farmers & Ranchers, our tractor driver Will Diffenbaugh, and his dad Randy for our float!

County Sends Out Notices to Harvest Host RV-Campers:

No RV Camping Allowed on Private Land in SLO County

Farm Bureau members reported last week that the County of San Luis Obispo has sent a letter to Harvest Host RV campers that their reservations in SLO County are not allowed currently under County regulations. Harvest Hosts is an "RV membership program that allows self-contained travelers to overnight at unique locations around the country including farms and wineries."

Harvest Host members who had upcoming stays booked on farms, ranches, vineyards and other private rural properties in SLO County had their reservations cancelled by the company in response to the County's action. Harvest Host RV campers stay one night, and hosts do not charge them. In exchange, the campers may shop at the farm stand or tasting room. 

This comes just as the development of new SLO County rural camping regulations were discussed at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting (see Agenda Item 23 at the Oct. 4 meeting). The County Planning and Building Department gave an update on which projects would be prioritized in 2023, including development of a Rural Camping Ordinance. Supervisors directed staff to bring back an update in December on what resources would be required to create rules around Harvest Host, Hipcamp, Dude Ranches, Guest Ranches and other rural recreation activities. 

If you have Harvest Host or Hipcamp activities on your property, please contact SLO County Farm Bureau to stay informed on future developments. See also an article in the SLO New Times last week discussing the Board's action. 

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: Adelaida Farm Center Meeting on October 21
  • Election: SLO County Farm Bureau Hosted Board of Supervisors 2nd District Candidate Forum
  • Local Government: SLO County Makes Private Rural Camping and RV Parking Top Priorities
  • State Government: CDFA Seeks Input on Drought-Related Program Priorities
  • Federal Government: State Agriculture Officials Broaden Recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill
  • Business Member Spotlight: E.C. Loomis & Son Insurance Associates
  • USDA: RMA Offers Virtual Workshops on Improvements to the WFRP and Micro Farm Insurance Options
  • Ag Economics: New UC Study Helps Growers Estimate Cover Crop Costs and Potential Benefits
  • Featured Member Benefit: California Grown
  • Environmental: New State Report Finds Vast Majority of Fruits and Vegetables Sampled in California Meet Pesticide Safety Standards
  • Produce: Grower-Shippers Asked to Bear Burden of Unsustainable Dilemma of Under-Compensation
  • Labor: Newsom Cuts Deal and Signs Union Card-Check Bill
  • Wildfire: Wildfire Threat Pushes Up California Home Insurance Rates - Here's How You Can Save Money
  • Livestock: Supreme Court Grapples with Animal Welfare in a Challenge to a California Law Requiring Pork to be Humanely Raised
  • Vineyard & Wine: Executive Director Brent Burchett Comments on How Drought and Climate Change is Affecting the Paso Robles Wine Industry
  • Water: State Water Board Approves Hikes in Water Program Fees

October 3  Most-Read

1.   SLO County Farm Bureau and SLO County's Department of Agriculture/ Weights & Measure to Offer FREE DPR-Approved CE Course on October 28th

2. Healthy Soils Demonstration on October 22 from 9am-12pm

3. Cuesta College's ranch education programs aim to boost sustainability in SLO County

4. How can Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant stay open? ‘It’s not a done deal’

5. Without Mentioning China, California Close to Blocking Foreign Buyers From Its Farmland 

6. New desalination plant proposed for SLO County

7.  Candidates battle for control of SLO County supes

8.  Four in a row: California drought likely to continue  

9.  Paso Basin Land Use Planting Ordinance- Final PEIR Released

10.  Newsom must do more to protect Californians from climate change and wildfire

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Met with Supervisor Debbie Arnold;
  • Assisted a member with a Planning & Building Department permitting question;
  • Monitored the October 4 SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting;
  • Hosted a Forum for District 2 Supervisor Candidates;
  • Participated in a California Farm Bureau meeting on water issues with Central Coast counties;
  • Board Member Steve Carter represented Farm Bureau on the SLO County Water Resources Advisory Committee;
  • Attended a SLO Food System Coalition Steering Committee meeting;
  • Met with SLO County Planning Commissioner Kristina Simpson-Spearman to discuss the Paso Basin Land Use Management Area Planting Ordinance;
  • Reviewed the Central Coast Regional Water Board meeting agenda for October 13 which includes an update on Ag Order 4.0;
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am); and
  • Had a SLO County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers float at the Pioneer Day Parade in Paso Robles.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 11- Great AGventure in Paso Robles
  • October 20- Great Pumpkin Contest- Mission Plaza, SLO 4-7pm
  • October 20- SLO County Ag Awareness Dinner at Giuseppe's in Pismo Beach (more info here)
  • October 21- Adelaida Farm Center Meeting- 6:00pm at Old Adelaida Schoolhouse
  • October 22- Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District and Cal Poly's Healthy Soils Demonstration, Young Farmers and Ranchers Encouraged to Attend, Here
  • October 25- SLO County Farm Bureau Board of Directors Meeting
  • October 28 from 8:00am to Noon - San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measure are partnering to host a Continuing Education Class - Register here

Community: Adelaida Farm Center Meeting on October 21

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Cal Poly

1. Compost Application and Reduced Tillage Demonstration Field Day: 10/22

2. Climate Solutions Now Virtual Conference: 10/26-28

3. Cal Poly Fuels Management Training Program webinar: Lompoc Valley Project: 11/3

San Luis Obispo & Central Coast

4. Pasture, Holistic Management Workshops, Cuesta College: 10/8, 11/18-19

   Featuring Cal Poly’s Holistic Management Certified Educator Rob Rutherford


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Adelaida Farm Center Meeting on October 21

Election: VIDEO - SLO County Farm Bureau 2nd District Supervisor Candidate Forum with Bruce Gibson and Bruce Jones

Watch the October 5 San Luis Obispo County District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum with Bruce Gibson and Bruce Jones here or click the video above. 

For a map of the new 2nd Supervisorial District click here.

Local Government: SLO County Makes Private Rural Camping and RV Parking Top Priorities

SLO County Makes Private Rural Camping and RV Parking Top Priorities

San Luis Obispo County planning officials say that not one county in California has passed an ordinance to address the rise in private rural campgrounds and overnight parking sites popularized by apps like Hipcamp and Harvest Host. But on Oct.

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Record strawberry, wine grape crops push SLO County ag value past $1 billion again

The value of San Luis Obispo County agricultural products exceeded $1 billion during 2021 - largely due to the success of strawberries and wine grapes. Livestock and field crops, however, failed to escape the drought and lost value last year.

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State Government: CDFA Seeks Input on Drought-Related Program Priorities

Gov. Newsom Vetoes Bauer-Kahan Bill To Protect Bees

REGIONAL - Gov. Gavin Newsom last week vetoed a bill by Tri-Valley Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) that would have limited the use of five pesticides that kill bees, birds and butterflies. The veto disappointed supporters of the bill, which would have curbed the use of neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides in non-agricultural settings, such as home gardens and golf courses.

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CDFA Seeks Input on Drought-Related Program Priorities

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO - CDFA's Farm Equity Office is seeking public input on drought-related program priorities to help inform the Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2023 California Underserved and Small Producer Grant Program (CUSP). The current CUSP Program was formed in 2021 for COVID-19 economic relief and includes two components for eligible entities.

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CDFW News | California Takes Action to Combat Illicit Cannabis Grows and Transnational Criminal Organizations

Taking aggressive action to protect communities, consumers and the environment alike, Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the creation of a new multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional taskforce of enforcement agencies designed to better coordinate agencies combatting illegal cannabis operations and transnational criminal organizations

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State Government Report from California Farm Bureau’s Farm Bureau at Work

September 30, 2022

Federal Government: State Agriculture Officials Broaden Recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News- October 6

  • Congress Passes Continuing Resolution 
  • USDA Announces $500M in Fertilizer Grants 
  • Supreme Court Hears Sackett v. EPA
  • Senate Ag Leadership Calls on USDA to Expand Risk Management Tools 
  • Grants Announced for Farm and Food Workers Grant Relief Program

House Republicans Ask GAO to Probe Foreign Ownership of U.S. Farmland

WASHINGTON-The top Republicans on the House Agriculture and Oversight committees have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate foreign investment in U.S. farmland, questioning whether Chinese acquisitions in particular could pose a national-security threat. In a letter released Monday, Reps. Glenn Thompson (R., Pa.)

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State Agriculture Officials Broaden Recommendations for the 2023 Farm Bill

PUBLISHED ON SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - As discussions for writing the 2023 farm bill continue, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has added direction to its policy advocacy efforts regarding the bill in several areas.

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Big Wins on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

October 5, 2022 In late August, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced several changes to improve the effectiveness of the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program, the only insurance product designed to protect a farmer's entire operation, not just one crop.

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Business Member Spotlight:

E.C. Loomis & Son Insurance Associates

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Central Coast Insurance Specialists

At E.C. Loomis we take insurance seriously because it's something we've been doing for over 100 years. By taking the time to understand your needs, we are able to deliver insurance solutions that are carefully tailored to the task at hand. Best of all, as an independent agency, we work on your behalf to secure the best rates from the best carriers.

Insurance has been our business in the Five Cities and greater San Luis Obispo county for over 100 years and we have developed a close relationship with the local community. Our customers are like family and in many cases we serve 3rd and 4th generation clientele.


PHONE: 1-805-489-5595

USDA: RMA Offers Virtual Workshops on Improvements to the WFRP and Micro Farm Insurance Options

RMA Offers Virtual Workshops on Improvements to the WFRP and Micro Farm Insurance Options | RMA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering virtual workshops on Oct. 11, Oct. 13, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 for agricultural producers and stakeholders to learn about the latest updates and improvements to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) and the Micro Farm insurance options.

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New Research Reveals How Critical Forests are to Drinking Water Supply

Access to high-quality water will be a defining feature of the 21st century. Record heat waves and drought are not only leading to more frequent and intense wildfires but are also putting one of life's most valuable resources at risk: the water we drink.

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Ag Economics: New UC Study Helps Growers Estimate Cover Crop Costs and Potential Benefits

USDA Announces October 2022 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for October 2022, which are effective Oct. 3, 2022. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural ...

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New UC Study Helps Growers Estimate Cover Crop Costs and Potential Benefits - Wine Industry Advisor

October 6th - Cover crops offer many potential benefits - including improving soil health - but not knowing the costs can be a barrier for growers who want to try this practice.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

Renewing Agricultural Members

Howard Carroll, Rodney Wiebe, Diana Boam,  Pat Phelan Construction Inc,  Caliente Management Company LLC,   Candace Laine Evenson,   Ryan Tannehill,   Stephen Sinton,   JCM Farming,   Kobara & Sons,   Rodney Stine,   Singh Consulting,   Daniel Lacouague,   Trinchero Family Estates,   The Groves on 41,   Olea Farm,   John Noble,   Jean Pierre Wolff,   Chris Jennings, Angelou LLC, and   Gloria Fiscalini

Renewing Associate Members

Joey Iffert,   Robert Bagby,   Larry Von Dollen,   Linda Jones,   Michael Reddell, and   Kathrine Coull

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:

California Grown

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Farm Bureau members in California now have access to a 50 percent discount on California Grown branding and licensing for their agricultural commodities.*

If you are interested in the program and are looking for more information about the California Grown branding, please go to the California Grown website at www.californiagrown.org or call916-441-5302.

*Some limitations may apply.

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Environmental: New State Report Finds Vast Majority of Fruits and Vegetables Sampled in California Meet Pesticide Safety Standards

Climate change made summer drought 20 times more likely

Drought that stretched across three continents this summer - drying out large parts of Europe, the United States and China - was made 20 times more likely by climate change, according to a new study. Drought dried up major rivers, destroyed crops, sparked wildfire, threatened aquatic species and led to water restrictions in Europe.

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New State Report Finds Vast Majority of Fruits and Vegetables Sampled in California Meet Pesticide Safety Standards

Back to News Releases Julie HendersonDirector Yana GarciaSecretary for Environmental Protection SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today released a 2020 report finding that the vast majority of fruits and vegetables sampled in the state meet federal pesticide safety standards.

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Produce: Grower-Shippers Asked to Bear Burden of Unsustainable Dilemma of Under-Compensation

Grower-Shippers Asked to Bear Burden of Unsustainable Dilemma of Under-Compensation - Vegetables West Magazine

In the past two years, West Coast vegetables growers have been asked to absorb stratospheric aggregate inflationary input costs while at the same time trying to find a way to pass on 20%...

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America's Lost Crops Rewrite the History of Farming

This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday. Sign up for it here. The old, epic story of agriculture in North America had two heroes, long sung and much venerated. One was human ingenuity.

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Extended California peak strawberry season is sweet news for consumers

PUBLISHED ON WATSONVILLE, Calif. - To meet increasing consumer demand for the sweet, red berry everybody loves, California strawberry production is expected to hit its second highest season on record, extending peak season well into fall.

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Labor: Newsom Cuts Deal and Signs Union Card-Check Bill

Gov. Newsom signed the farmworkers union bill AB 2183 with conditions. Now what?

To the shock of some labor groups and agricultural leaders across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a measure aimed at making it easier for farmworkers to unionize in California. California's agriculture industry ...

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How the new labor law will work on California farms

A farm labor bill nearly a decade in the making makes organizing easier for labor groups, but farm advocates say it was made without input from employers.

Gov. Newsom signed AB 2183 Wednesday as originally written after saying he could not pass it in the bill’s original form.

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Newsom Cuts Deal and Signs Union Card-Check Bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will allow unions to collect signed ballot or authorization cards to organize farm employees in lieu of holding secret ballot elections for union certification.

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COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to be Extended to Dec. 31

The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 152 (Budget Committee) late in the legislative session that ended on Aug. 31; Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it soon.


A budget "trailer" bill like many passed by the Legislature to adjust state operations implementing the state's budget, AB 152 contains a hodgepodge of provisions covering a variety of topics on state government operations.


As often happens with trailer bills, AB 152 includes a provision of interest to California employers that seemingly has nothing to do with state operations: an extension of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) enacted in February and effective until Sept. 30; if Gov. Newsom signs AB 152 as expected, SPSL will be in effect until Dec. 31.


AB 152 SPSL is structured like the February 2022 version of SPSL, with two 40-hour "buckets" of leave. The first is generally available on demand by an employee. In contrast, an employer may restrict access to the second bucket to employees who furnish proof of a positive COVID test for the employee or the family member for whom the employee is caring. The new version of SPSL allows employers to require employees to furnish a second positive test within 24 hours.


The extended COVID SPSL also includes the California Small Business COVID-19 SPSL Relief Grant Program available until Jan. 1, 2024. Administered by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz), grants of up to $50,000 will be available to offset the cost of furnishing SPSL. Implementation details, including frequently asked questions, implementation guidance, and information about the grant program should be available in October.

Federal agencies seek input on boosting farm workforce

By Christine Souza The federal government is asking for input as it shapes a grant program intended to improve the resiliency of the food and agricultural supply chain by addressing labor shortages, legal migration pathways and protections for farmworkers.

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Ag work injuries increase with higher heat

As world temperatures rise and are expected to continue rising, heat-related illnesses (HRIs) are becoming a major issue in occupational health-especially in agriculture, with its high rates of outside work combined with injury statistics that are large to begin with.

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Upcoming FELS Webinars & Trainings

October 27, 2022, 10 AM (FREE Webinar): Card Check and Ag Employers: What Does AB 2183 Mean for You? Governor Newsom has signed the UFW’s “card check” legislation (AB 2183), totally upending the election process under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Featuring Pat Moody of FELS' Group Legal Services Plan partner firm Barsamian & Moody.

October 28, 2022, 10 AM (FREE Webinar): CalSavers Is Expanding: Are You Ready? CalSavers, California's mandatory employee opt-out retirement savings program is expanding to cover employers of one or more employees (other than the business owner); in other words all employers in California! Featuring Jonathan Herrera, CalSavers and Paul Yossem, Nationwide.

November 8, 2022, 10 AM (FREE Webinar): How Do Ag Employers Deal with the Moving Target of Drug Testing? Impaired employees pose a real hazard in workplaces with large, powerful and dangerous machinery, and even with employees performing common, every-day tasks. California policymakers have erected various roadblocks and limitations on how employers can ensure the safety of their employees is not threatened by impaired fellow employees. Featuring Catherine Houlihan of FELS' Group Legal Services Program partner firm Barsamian & Moody.

For more information on all these FREE webinars and registration, please visit the FELS Webinars page.

FELS Farm Employment News

Newsom Signs More Bills Impacting Ag Employers: 

AB 1949 (Low) – Mandatory Bereavement Leave 

  • Requires employers to furnish up to five days of bereavement leave
  • Limited to deaths of family members
  • May be, but not required to be paid
  • Must be used within 3 months of the related death
  • Must be used in accordance with employer’s bereavement leave policy
  • Employee may use any available vacation or sick leave
  • Employer may request proof of the death of the family member for which the employee is taking leave

SB 1162 (Cortese) – CalSavers Expansion: Lowers participation threshold for CalSavers program to employers of one or more employees.

AB 1766 (Stone) – ID Cards:

  • Mandates California DMV issue non-drivers license identity cards to persons who cannot establish legal presence in the U.S. under federal law.
  • Such ID cards do not establish eligibility for employment

Governor Newsom also vetoed two measures impacting ag employers:

AB 2847 (Garcia) – Excluded Employees Unemployment Compensation – would have created a General Fund-funded “unemployment compensation” benefit for California workers who can’t qualify for UI due to the immigration status.

AB 1066 (Hurtado) – California Farmworkers Drought Resilience project -- would have provided cash payments to farm employees to make up for income lost due to drought and or COVID-19

Wildfire: Wildfire Threat Pushes Up California Home Insurance Rates - Here's How You Can Save Money

Wildfire Threat Pushes Up California Home Insurance Rates - Here's How You Can Save Money

With the risk of wildfire rising every passing year thanks to persistent drought and climate change, home insurance is becoming more inaccessible and unaffordable to many Californians. A new report from Policygenius, in fact, found home insurance rates in California went up nearly 10% from May 2021 to May 2022.

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Livestock: Supreme Court Grapples with Animal Welfare in a Challenge to a California Law Requiring Pork to be Humanely Raised

Supreme Court Grapples with Animal Welfare in a Challenge to a California Law Requiring Pork to be Humanely Raised

Should Californians be able to require higher welfare standards for farm animals that are raised in other states if products from those animals are to be sold in California? The U.S. Supreme Court will confront that question when it hears oral argument in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross on Oct.

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Sheep and lamb inventory outlook

As of Jan. 1, 2022, USDA NASS reported total sheep and lamb inventory levels at 5.065 million head, down 2.0% or 105,000 head from 2021. This was the largest decline of inventory since 2014, which saw a 2.3% decline, but over the last five years the annual average decline has been less than one percent.

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California court rules in favor of USDA's new swine inspection system

SAN FRANCISCO - In a recent hearing of a lawsuit challenging the authority of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) New Swine Inspection Service (NSIS), US District Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California ruled in support of the new rule. NSIS permits plant employees to pre-sort animals before slaughter.

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Vineyard & Wine: Executive Director Brent Burchett Comments on How Drought and Climate Change is Affecting the Paso Robles Wine Industry

Local AVA nominated for 'Wine Region of the Year' award

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced that the San Luis Obispo Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area) has been nominated in the "Wine Region of the Year" category of the publication's yearly Wine Star Awards competition.

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Cabernet can survive climate change

PUBLISHED ON DAVIS, Calif. - Exposing wine grapes to sunlight was the key to making a good quality cabernet. But even the toughest grapes may not withstand the extreme heat that comes with climate change. Too much heat, like California has experienced with recent heat waves, can lead to jarringly jam-like wines that are high in alcohol and sugar and lacking in acidity.

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In the Vines: The labor and housing challenges facing Paso Robles' wine-centric economy

The explosive growth of Paso Robles' wine industry since the 1990's is often touted as a major economic success story on the Central Coast. But some benefit from this more than others, as lower-income families struggle making enough to live in Paso Robles - if they can afford it at all.

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In the Vines: How drought and climate change threaten the Paso Robles wine industry's future

The water crisis in the American West is made worse every year by climate change and drought, posing an existential threat to agricultural economies across the region. Smaller cities and towns like those on the Central Coast are often the most vulnerable and hardest-hit, forcing these areas to adapt to more heat and less rain.

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Executive Director Brent Burchett Comments in KCBX Article on How Drought and Climate Change is Affecting the Paso Robles Wine Industry

... "Brent Burchett is the executive director of the SLO County Farm Bureau, which represents these interests.

He said he hopes the local water agencies and the state will take into account the ripple effects further regulation and water cutbacks would have on not just agriculture, but the entire Paso Robles community.

'We're providing public good, we're providing jobs, we're providing property tax values that fund our schools,' Burchett said. 'So we talk about private industry, a farmer that has grapes or winery that's making wine — their impact is beyond just the revenue that they bring themselves.'" ...

Water: State Water Board Approves Hikes in Water Program Fees

California wells run dry as drought depletes groundwater

FAIRMEAD, Calif. (AP) - As California's drought deepens, Elaine Moore's family is running out of an increasingly precious resource: water. The Central Valley almond growers had two wells go dry this summer. Two of her adult children are now getting water from a new well the family drilled after the old one went dry last year.

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Appeals Court Rules Twitchell Dam Operations Must Be Modified to Protect Steelhead

Ninth Circuit states that the operators must comply with both the law that authorized the dam and the Endangered Species Act

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State Water Board Approves Hikes in Water Program Fees

Responding to the fee increases, Brent Burchett, executive director of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, said, “We recognize there’s a cost to administer these programs, but I feel they don’t consider the reality facing our farmers, so it’s another example of death by a thousand cuts.”

Farmers are experiencing record-high costs for inputs such as fuel and fertilizer on top of the added costs to comply with the programs.

“The list of expenses for farmers in California continues to grow faster than our ability to sell more and grow our farms,” Burchett said. “This is just one more example of how out of touch state leaders are with what’s happening in agriculture.”

Under the “ag order,” Burchett said farmers face testing and monitoring requirements and costs borne by the growers.

“They have to pay someone to go out and collect the samples or some of them try to do it themselves,” Burchett said. “We understand that water quality is important, but a lot of times these (regulations) are onerous and duplicative and don’t achieve the goals that the regional water board or the state water board think they do.”

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Central Coast Water Quality Preservation Inc Seeking Grower Participants from SLO & SB Counties for Stakeholder Advisory Seats 

Central Coast Water Quality Preservation Inc is the approved 3rd-Party Program to assist growers in complying with the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (Ag Order 4.0). Preservation Inc is seeking growers to serve on its Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The committee meets for 2-hours every other month, with perhaps one off-line interaction (phone call, email exchange, etc) in between. If interested, contact Sarah Lopez, Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc. Executive Director at sarah@ccwqp.org

Farm Bureau Membership Matters

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We cannot support your freedom to farm and ranch without your membership.

Join SLO County Farm Bureau now or renew your membership online. Go to slofarmbureau.org to join, or download the membership form PDF.

Have your renewal notice available to speed up the process; you will need to enter your membership number, name and ZIP code. Renewal dues may be paid online or over the phone by credit card.

We're here to help! Call us if you need us to lookup your member number or we can process your membership for you, at 805-543-3654.

All California county Farm Bureau memberships are processed through the California Farm Bureau Federation, but please reach out to our SLO County office if you need your membership number or have questions.

Join or Renew Your San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Membership

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