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San Luis Obispo County Agriculture News

September 9, 2022


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See You Saturday! 

Saturday, September 10 (tomorrow) is San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary and Centennial Celebration of Agriculture! Doors open at the Alex Madonna Expo Center at 5:00pm for the Social Hour sponsored by Bank of the Sierra. Dinner will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a short program, then music and dancing from The Money Band until 10:00pm. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters!

Pictured above, Cierra Cowden’s 1951 Ford 8N she restored as a participant in the JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Education Program. 

This Week In SLO County Agriculture

In This Week's Issue:

  • Community: CA Ag in the Classroom Conference- September 22-24th
  • Local Government: SLO County Board of Supervisors Meets on September 13
  • State Government: Newsom's Call Now: Tracking California Bills Passed in the 2022 Legislative Session
  • Business Member Spotlight: Poor Richard's Press
  • USDA: USDA Announces $400M Available to Create USDA Regional Food Business Centers
  • Ag Economics: Farmer Sentiment Improves, but Farmers Still Concerned About Rising Costs and Inflation
  • Featured Member Benefit: AgJobs4U.com
  • Environmental: Fresno Farmer: With Proper Training and Use, Pesticides are Safe to Apply to Crops
  • Produce: Despite Progress, GMO Fears Limit New Traits, Products
  • Labor: Union Bill Heads to Governor, Stirs Ballot Card Debate
  • Wildfire: California's Worsening Wildfires, Explained
  • Livestock: EDITORIAL: The Enemy Within our Industry...
  • Vineyard & Wine: California's $45 Billion Wine Industry Faces Climate Peril
  • Water: California's New Water Strategy Comes at Opportune Time

September 2 Most-Read

1.    Wine Harvest 2022 Begins in Paso Robles and SLO Coast

2. SLO County's proposed Paso basin ordinance draws backlash from agriculture

3. 2022 Templeton FFA Tractor Pull Sponsor Sign-Up

4. Shasta County mom files lawsuit over sheriff's seizure of Cedar, the livestock auction goat

5. California may add wine, liquor bottles to recycling program 

6. Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance issues Statement of Principles

7.  California agriculture leads the nation in funding for specialty crops

8.  California Farm Service Agency August Newsletter 

9.  Commentary: Leave groundwater management to local water experts

10.  UC study breaks down costs of growing organic strawberries

Executive Director Report

Here are a few things we worked on this week:

  • Participated in a Central Coast Farm Bureau Managers meeting that discussed labor, water, and other agricultural issues;
  • Chaired the San luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee meeting;
  • Participated in a San Luis Obispo County Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) meeting;
  • Wrote an article on local agriculture for Central Coast Journal magazine; and
  • Gave our weekly agriculture update on the Tom & Becky Show on KJUG 98.1 (Thursdays around 9:05am)

Upcoming Events:

  • September 10- San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau's 100th Anniversary and Centennial Celebration of SLO County Agriculture at Alex Madonna Inn Expo Center
  • September 16- Adelaida Farm Center Meeting 
  • October 8- Pioneer Day Parade
  • October 11- Great AGventure in Paso Robles
  • October 20- SLO County Ag Awareness Dinner at Giuseppe's in Pismo Beach

Community: CA Ag in the Classroom Conference- September 22-24th

Announcements September 2022 | Center for Sustainability

Agriculture for Tomorrow A College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Program Preparing leaders in sustainability through education, research, outreach, and operations. To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. -Mahatma Gandhi Upcoming Events We are looking forward to the fall 2022 quarter here at Cal Poly!

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CA Ag in the  Classroom Conference

September 22-24, 2022 Ventura Beach Marriott We are so excited to be (finally) hosting an in-person conference in Ventura County! You won't want to miss this opportunity to collaborate with educators who share your passion for agriculture!

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Update: Paso Robles man killed in vintage plane crash

The Estrella Warbirds Museum Board of Directors reports today the Friday death of Sherman "Sherm" Smoot, as a result of a fatal aircraft accident. A member of the museum for many years, he was currently a director on the board and had served as president of the board from 2013 to 2015 and again from 2016 to 2017.

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Local Government: SLO County Board of Supervisors Meets on September 13

SLO County Board of Supervisors Meets on September 13

The meeting agenda can be found here. Additional Item documents can be found here. The Board of Supervisors meetings will be available to view live online when the meeting starts at 9:00AM.

Items of Interest to Agriculture:

  • 33- Request to: 1) Approve the 2022-23 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) grant funding allocations in the amount of $5,925,000 to Community Based Organizations (CBO) to address the goals of the countywide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) determined by a Request for Applications process, 2) delegate authority to the Health Agency Director, including Interim Health Agency Director, or their designee to sign any contracts, amendments, subcontracts or any other documents related to the grant allocations and/or agreements, 3) approve a corresponding budget adjustment for appropriation for FC 160 - Payments to Other Agencies using Public Health ARPA funding in FC 101 – Non-Departmental Revenues in the total amount of $5,925,000, by 4/5. All Districts.

  • 34- Hearing to consider an appeal (APPL2021-00020) by Patrick McGibney, of the Planning Department Hearing Officer’s approval of a Minor Use Permit (DRC2018-00010) for the phased development of up to three acres of outdoor cannabis cultivation canopy within hoop structures, ancillary processing activities, ancillary transport, and other related site improvements. Phase I includes the installation of 136,500 square feet of hoop structures, security fencing and surveillance equipment, a 5,000-gallon galvanized steel water tank, three 2,500-gallon tanks, a 120 square foot pesticide storage shed, and improvements for parking and access. Phase II includes the installation of a 10,000 square foot processing facility. The applicant is requesting a modification to County Code Section 22.18.010 to allow 7 parking spaces instead of 10 spaces as required by ordinance. The project would result in approximately 4.02 acres of site disturbance on a 40.89 acre-parcel located at 8770 Carrisa Highway, approximately 4 miles northwest of the village of California Valley. The project site is in the Agriculture land use category and within the Carrizo Planning Area. District 5.

  • 35- Hearing to consider an appeal (APPL2021-00010) by John A. Alexander Trust of the Planning Commission's approval of the Pierson Family request for 1) Lot Line Adjustment/Coastal Development Permit (S000161L, COAL 01 0001) to adjust the lot lines between two parcels of 112.41 and 9.23 acres, resulting in two parcels of 20.01 (Parcel 1) and 101.63 (Parcel 2) acres, including designation of a building envelope (1.5 acre) on each resulting parcel; 2) Minor Use Permit/Coastal Development Permit (D000230P) to allow construction of two single family residences of 3,578 (Parcel 1) and 5,685 (Parcel 2) square feet including associated site improvements on each resulting adjusted parcel; and 3) Variance (DRC2017 00083) to allow grading on slopes over 30% for the driveway access to the building site on resulting Parcel 1 and Parcel 2. The project will result in total site disturbance of 3.18 acres on a 121.64 acre site located on the southwest side of Cabrillo Highway (SR 1), approximately 600 feet west of Villa Creek Road, four miles northwest of the community of Cayucos. The project site is within the Agriculture land use category and in the Estero Planning Area. District 2.

State Government: Newsom's Call Now: Tracking California Bills Passed in the 2022 Legislative Session

Bad Bills Don’t Make It Out of Sacramento

Legislative session in Sacramento ended last week. FarmTeam® sent out alerts on priority bills, and one was about changes to Sustainable Groundwater Management Act rules. 

Hundreds of Farm Bureau members weighed in, telling their legislator to reject this piece of bad legislation. Great news! This bad bill didn’t pass.

Another bad bill would have further increased standards for emission reductions to unobtainable levels. This bill also didn’t make it to the governor’s desk. 

These two successes were huge wins for farmers and ranchers!

FarmPAC works to elect legislators who know what’s practical and what isn’t. Through FarmPAC’s work, Sacramento has more legislators who stop bad bills from becoming law. Join the fight to protect California agriculture by clicking here

2023 Farm Bill Listening Session: Sept. 7th

PUBLISHED ON SACRAMENTO - The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will host a 2023 Farm Bill Listening Session in Richmond to hear public comments that will help inform California's priorities and recommendations concerning federal agricultural and food policies. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.

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Newsom's Call Now: Tracking California Bills Passed in the 2022 Legislative Session

After eight months, California's legislative session came to a close on Sept. 1 with a final flurry of frantic activity. Lawmakers rushed to pass hundreds of remaining bills before the clock struck midnight on Aug. 31.

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The Diablo is in the details

At least two days of statewide Flex Alerts asking Californians to voluntarily conserve energy amid an extreme heat wave that could last more than a week, pushing temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above normal and endangering vulnerable communities. Gov.

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

September 9, 2022

Federal Government: Gavin Newsom Encounters an Unexpected Antagonist: Joe Biden

California Farm Bureau's Federal Policy News- September 8

  • CAFB Joins Letter to DOI on IRA Drought Funding 
  • RMA Broadens Access for Whole Farm and Micro Farm Coverage
  • EPA Proposed Rule to Designate PFAS as Hazardous Substances 
  • Fourth Round of Applications Open for Rural Broadband Access
  • Modoc Wild Horse Gather Set to Begin 
  • DOT Extends Modified National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles 
  • USDA to Create Six Regional Food Business Centers
  • USDA H-2A Study Examines Potential Impacts of Ag Labor Reform Bill
  • Registration Remains Open for Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum 

Biden endorses bill to help farmworkers organize, putting pressure on Newsom

In an unusual foray into California state politics, President Biden weighed in Sunday in support of a proposed law, now on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk, that would make it easier for farmworkers to organize. "I strongly support California's Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act," Biden said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

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Gavin Newsom Encounters an Unexpected Antagonist: Joe Biden

The governor is privately seething over the Biden endorsement, said five people with knowledge of the governor's thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose internal discussions. Newsom's office declined to comment for this story. Biden headlines a growing list of top Democratic officials who have backed the measure, including Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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AFBF Vice President Tells Senate Committee Farmers Are Voluntarily Reducing Climate Impacts

An American Farm Bureau Federation leader highlighted environmentally-friendly innovation in agriculture during testimony to a senate committee Wednesday. Micheal Clements shares more. Clements: American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal testified to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday. VanderWal gave testimony in support of the Livestock Regulatory Protection Act of 2021.

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Business Member Spotlight:

Poor Richard's Press

Poor Richard’s Press has been the local Central Coast print company since 1947. As your business needs have grown, so have we. Today, with over seventy years of experience in the printing industry, we have evolved to offer you a full line of dynamic services under one roof. With our team of talented designers, customer service rock stars, pre-media specialists, knowledgeable consultants, and highly skilled machinery operators, we offer more than just ink on paper. From concept to creation, our design, print, mail, apparel, web, and design services help you to reach your audience. We want to serve you by doing more than printing your message – we want to help you communicate.

Services Offered: Design, Print, Mail. Promo. Apparel, and Web


PHONE: 1-805-543-6844

USDA: USDA Announces $400M Available to Create USDA Regional Food Business Centers

USDA Announces $400M Available to Create USDA Regional Food Business Centers

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of approximately $400 million to provide essential local and regional food systems coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services through USDA's new Regional Food Business Centers.

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USDA Says Farm Profits to Reach Near-Record High in 2022 - AgNet West

USDA's Economic Research Service forecasts inflation-adjusted U.S. net cash farm income to increase by $13.5 billion or 8.7 percent from 2021. Net cash farm income is gross cash income minus cash expenses and will reach $168.5 billion in 2022, the highest level since 2012.

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Ag Economics: Farmer Sentiment Improves, but Farmers Still Concerned About Rising Costs and Inflation

Farmer Sentiment Improves, but Farmers Still Concerned About Rising Costs and Inflation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO - The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer farmer sentiment index rose 14 points in August to a reading of 117. The rise in the overall measure of agricultural producer sentiment was driven by increases in both the Index of Current Conditions, which rose 9 points to 118, and the Index of Future Expectations, which climbed 16 points to 116.

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USDA Reports Food Security Improved in 2021

The Department of Agriculture this week reports food insecurity declined slightly overall in 2021. Micheal Clements shares more. Clements: USDA's Economic Research Service just released its annual report on food security, showing a slight improvement in 2021 from 2020. American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist Veronica Nigh explains the data.

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Thank You Farm Bureau Members

Renewing Agricultural Members

Manuel Avila, Alex Kuhnle, Chris Wineman, Steven Twisselman, John Cheda, Rollie Cavaletto, Steven Carter, Carl Grieb, Brenda Dana,  Domingos Garcia, Gerald Diefenderfer, S L O Co Farm Supply, Larry Fiscalini, James Smith, John Maino, Harry Blythe Jr, Michael Cirone, Sadie Kendall, Ercole Brughelli, Richard Lehnhoff, Dick Goldstein, Albert Kahler, Charles Okui, Brown Ranch, Leslie Pitts, Michael Zohns, John Porter, Gary Duncan, Alan Eto, Velma Marsalek, Dana Goodwin, White Ranch Co, EW Hearst Holdings LLC Circle 6 Ranch, James Miller, Robert Rohrer, James Spreafico, Greenheart Farms Inc, Las Tablas Ranch, Pankey North Ranch, Tartaglia Ranch, Jon Pedotti, James Brabeck, Lawrence Honerkamp, Ann Myhre, Raymond Wiebe, Dewayne Rowlett, Green Valley Cattle Company, Victor Hugo Winery, Pierre Camsuzou, Stephen Mac Elvaine, and John Linn

Renewing Business Support Members

EC Loomis Insurance Associates and Simmons Law Firm

Renewing Associate Members

Matt Masia, Charles Thorne, Amanda Ferrari, and Edward Crye

Renewing Platinum Member

Treasury Wine Estates

SLO County Farm Bureau Business Support Member List

Featured Member Benefit:


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As an AgJobs4U.com subscriber, you can SEARCH worker profiles in the job seeker database that has over 20,000 job seekers, POST unlimited help wanted ads for job seekers to contact you and finally HIRE your next dairy, farm, packinghouse or clerical worker for your ag operation. All options are available with your monthly subscription.

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Environmental: Fresno Farmer: With Proper Training and Use, Pesticides are Safe to Apply to Crops

Coastal Commission Hears from Energy Commission Chair on Offshore Wind and Grid Challenges

The day after a sweltering heatwave nearly knocked out California's electrical grid, the chair of the California Energy Commission spoke in Pismo Beach about the energy challenges facing the state and the next steps for developing offshore wind farms near Morro Bay. click to enlarge Map Courtesy Of The U.s.

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Fresno Farmer: With Proper Training and Use, Pesticides are Safe to Apply to Crops

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Fresno is not just home to the fields of fruits and almonds I farm, it's my home, too. I was born and raised here and, like many other local farmers, I have a deep family connection to the land which, in my case, goes back four generations.

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Heat wave puts California in fossil fuel conundrum

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A record heat wave put California in a fossil fuel conundrum: The state has had to rely more heavily on natural gas to produce electricity and avoid power outages while Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration moves toward ending the use of oil and gas.

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Produce: Despite Progress, GMO Fears Limit New Traits, Products

California Organic Strawberries and Global Food Prices Drop

From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update. **Organic strawberries account for 13% of strawberry acreage along California's Central Coast, and yields range from 6-to-8,000 eight-pound trays per acre, with an estimated unit price of $15 per tray.

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The scent that could save California's avocados

PUBLISHED ON RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UC Riverside scientists are on the hunt for a chemical that disrupts "evil" weevils' mating and prevents them from destroying California's supply of avocados. Avocado weevils, small beetles with long snouts, drill through fruit to lay eggs.

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Despite progress, GMO fears limit new traits, products

By Ching Lee With its striking crimson flesh, a new transgenic lime developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is meant to be a head-turner: Imagine slices of the Instagram-ready fruit adorning cocktail glasses and its juice making purple margaritas.

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Labor: Union Bill Heads to Governor, Stirs Ballot Card Debate

Farmworkers group continues rallying for workers rights amid heat at California capitol

The United Farm Workers (UFW) and its supporters aren't backing down from asking for better workplace protections.Under scorching temperatures and only protected by some pop-up tents, the UFW and supporters of the movement are on day seven of their 24-hour vigil at the State Capitol."We're just asking for the bare minimum.

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Union Bill Heads to Governor, Stirs Ballot Card Debate

A bill purporting to make it easier for farm employees to vote for union representation is on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who vetoed similar legislation last year but faces intense pressure from labor advocates to sign the new version.

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Newsom feels the heat on farm labor measure

Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon write a new chapter in California's decades-long conflict over the unionization of workers in the state's huge agricultural industry - and what he does could affect his obvious quest to become a national political figure.

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SLO County workers harvest crops in triple-digit heat. How are farms keeping them safe?

An unrelenting heat wave has swept across the Central Coast, shattering heat records and creating difficult working conditions for farm workers. "Farm workers are literally at the front line of the heat wave," said CAUSE policy advocate Erica Diaz-Cervantes, whose organization works with immigrant farm workers toinform workers about their rights and ensure that employers respect their rights.

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New CDC Guidance Confuses Workplace Exposure Practices


New guidance released on Aug. 11 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds to employer confusion employers about what to do when employees experience COVID-19 exposures.


Among other changes, CDC is now recommending that after exposure, people wear a mask for 10 days and get tested on day five.


CDC further suggests that “when assessing the need to maintain physical distance” exposed people "consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation."


Employers should understand that CDC's guidance does not change obligations imposed by the Cal/ OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), at least until the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues revised guidance, which is incorporated by reference into the ETS per an Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.


Watch for future updates on CDPH guidance on COVID-19 exposure that could impact implementation of the ETS by employers.


Labor Board Issues Penalties in Misclassification Case


In an important development, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) has for the first time used its penalty authority in a case of employee misclassification.


Most agricultural employers think of the ALRB as the branch of state government charged with supervising union elections and union/employer relations in agricultural employment.


In recent years, ALRB has undertaken to “bootstrap” its authority to issue backpay and make-whole penalties against employers accused of retaliation against employers asserting various claims.


In Cinagro Farms, the ALRB found the employer willfully misclassified employees who had complained their paycheck stubs did not include all required information about deductions from their pay. Testimony that the employer had instructed the company’s bookkeeper to treat the employees as vendors and that the employer had continued to misclassify employees in this way in spite of knowledge the practice was illegal under California law, seems to have convinced the Board to exercise penalty authority.


Labor code section 226.8, subdivision (b), subjects a person or employer to a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 and not more than $15,000 per violation for unlawful willful misclassification of an individual as an independent con-tractor, in addition to any other penalties or fines permitted by law.


While the Labor Code has allowed agencies to levy such penalties since 2012, this is the first instance of the ALRB doing so; indeed, the ALRB’s decision noted its view that it was “not only authorized, but obligated” to issue such penalties.


You can avoid similar situations by:


• Treating crews working under a supervisor either as your own employees or as employees of a licensed, bonded and registered farm labor contractor; and, 

• Understanding and properly applying the criteria specified in Labor Code sections 2775 and 2776 to determine whether workers are independent contractors or employees.


Mandatory Produce Safety Training (in person): 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.




  • Sept. 15 and 21, California Farm Bureau, Sacramento
  • Oct. 5, Glenn County Farm Bureau, Orland
  • Nov. 15, Yolo County Farm Bureau, Woodland
  • Dec. 3, California Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Conference, Monterey
  • Dec. 4, California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Monterey


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.

Wildfire: California's Worsening Wildfires, Explained

California fires destroy structures, force residents to flee

MICHIGAN BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - California's latest major wildfire destroyed structures and cars as it burned out of control in the Sierra Nevada, while fires also forced people to flee their homes in the southern part of the state.

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California's Worsening Wildfires, explained

Describing California's wildfires means running out of modifiers, adjectives and apocalyptic images. There are no more words. The state's fires have become so unpredictable and extreme that new words were invented: firenado, gigafire, fire siege - even fire pandemic. The landscape is getting hotter, and sooner, in more places.

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Grass fire east of Cambria 75% contained at just over 15 acres, cause identified

The grass fire burning east of Cambria is about 75% contained, according to Cal Fire public information officer Adan Orozco in a text message to The Tribune. Firefighters on scene continue to mop up the fire in the steep terrain. It was last reported to be about 16 acres, Orozco wrote.

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Livestock: EDITORIAL: The Enemy Within our Industry...

EDITORIAL: The enemy within our industry...

WASHINGTON - Six months into my tenure as the President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), I have had the opportunity to travel and visit with fellow cattle producers from coast to coast. A couple of months ago at the Florida Cattlemen's Convention, I had the opportunity to meet fellow cattle producer Kevin Escobar.

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Beef cattle producers face higher input costs, with feed prices up 16 percent since 2021

Annual U.S. retail prices for beef and veal are projected to rise 6 to 7 percent in 2022 relative to 2021. In May 2022, the farmer's share of the retail value of beef also increased year over year, but rising input costs, especially for cattle feed, may limit farmers' ability to benefit from higher cattle prices.

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Vineyard & Wine: California's $45 Billion Wine Industry Faces Climate Peril


In Paso's current triple-digit heat, my column couldn't be more timely, spotlighting albariño, a cool and refreshing white wine fast gaining favor with Paso winemakers. And this interest could largely be credited to local winemaker Damian Grindley and his passion for this Spanish wine, with its pronounced citrus, floral and stone fruit notes and a bracing minerality.

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Winemaking in a California heat wave: 'It's a roll of the dice'

At this point, California winemakers have come to expect a heat spike around Labor Day weekend every year. Like clockwork, it seems, scorching temperatures descend on the state just as the wine harvest is getting underway, threatening to sear the grapes.

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California's $45 Billion Wine Industry Faces Climate Peril

California’s wine country, including the famed Napa and Sonoma valleys, faces a climate crisis so dire that it’s posing an existential threat to the future of the state’s industry.

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Water: California's New Water Strategy Comes at Opportune Time

Western Growers debuts 'Water for Farms' online video series

PUBLISHED ON IRVINE, Calif. - Western Growers is debuting five documentary short videos online today that give first-hand accounts of how the unrelenting historic drought is hurting Caifornia farmers. Produced in association with the California Farm Water Coalition, the videos show the drought's impact on consumers via stories from Booth Ranches in Orange Cove, Calif., Del Bosque Farms in Firebaugh, Calif.; HMC Farms in Kingsburg, Calif.

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California's New Water Strategy Comes at Opportune Time

The new water strategy from Governor Gavin Newsom to address the impact of drought may have come at an opportune time. California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said an "all-of-the-above strategy" will be necessary to address California's water needs over the next 20 years.

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Tap water in 6 SLO County communities smells 'musty.' Here's why

Residents of six San Luis Obispo County cities may notice a "musty" taste or smell in their tap water - but there's no cause for alarm. The odor is caused by a "harmless," naturally occurring compound called MIB, and the water is still safe to drink, according to a news release from the Department of Public Works.

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Urgent county water projects receive minimal acknowledgment from Sacramento's wallet.

County officials saw the $12 billion state budget surplus as a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to secure financing for long-deferred and increasingly urgent water infrastructure projects. Sacramento has largely ignored the county's water problems, since it's outside of the State Water Project.

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Conserve groundwater. Fallow farmland. Increase dust?

For a century, California's San Joaquin Valley has been known as "the food basket of the world." The 27,500-square mile region currently produces over $34 billion worth of food each year, a productivity made possible only by its large-scale irrigation projects and unrestrained groundwater pumping.

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Farm Bureau Membership Matters

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

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

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

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

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

Join or Renew Your San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Membership

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