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Spring 2015 Magazine

Summer Issue to Feature Local Events and Venues

Summer brings the Mid-State Fair and a host of other events to the Central Coast. What ranch and farm venues host weddings and other events? Watch for the Summer issue, coming in mid-June. Read the Spring issue here.

Ag Update E-Newsletter -- Ag News You Need to Know!

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Legislative News

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Agricultural Offset Ordinance
As the Ag Offset Ordinance works its way through the Planning Commission, Farm Bureau is seeking information and comments from members. Read more here, and consider attending this hearing:
Special Planning Commission Hearing
9 a.m. Friday, May 29, at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Luis Obispo.

DSEIR Public Comment & Review Period for Countywide Water Conservation Program
This document from the Planning Commission tells how to get more information, comment by July 6, and lists dates of public hearings.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllids Found in SLO City Citrus
Additional Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the city of SLO have put into effect quarantine measures. Read a SLO Ag Dept. news release here. An April 2015 news release details trapping and quarantine restrictions in Arroyo Grande here. Videos on the two website links below tell you more about the problem and how to identify this destructive pest.
1) California Department of Food and Agriculture videos
2) Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program

2014 Farm Bill LFP

2014 Farm Bill Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
The USDA has guidelines for the LFP, which provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses. Read details here.

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Click here for a copy of the current Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda.

To print out a copy of the "Board Appearance Request Form," click here.

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Membership Benefits

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NEW Ag Equipment Discounts
Farm Bureau members can save $300-$500 on Case-IH equipment, including Farmall Compact tractors, large square balers, round balers, self-propelled windrowers, disk mower conditioners and more.
There is no limit to the number of discounts a member may use, as long as it's no more than one per unit acquired. Read the details here.

Nationwide/Allied logoReceive a Bigger Discount
Farm Bureau Voting Members receive a bigger discount on a personal auto policy -- 12.5%. To find out more, Click here.

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State Fund offers a discount and special programs to Farm Bureau members.


Farm & Ranch Signs for Sale

HazMat signFarm Bureau offers low-cost, durable signs needed for agricultural operations. For a sample of available signs, Click here.


"No Trespassing Sign" Now Comes in Two Sizes & Two Versions
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A new 24x 16-inch metal No Trespass sign in English and Spanish with the penal code number listed sells for $13 (members) & $13.50 (non-members). Orders for this sign must be pre-paid.
No Trespass signA 16x13-inch metal No Trespassing sign in English and Spanish without the penal code number sells for $8 (members) & $8.50 (non-members).

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On the Calendar 

Water Meetings

Town Hall

Groundwater Management Update
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) invites Farm Bureau members and others to a study session about the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.
*9 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Luis Obispo. DWR and Fox Canyon Groundwater will be discussed as part of the Basin study session.

* SLO County Public Works Dept. hosts an informational meeting to present an overview of Paso Basin issues and ask questions from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Estrella Warbirds Museum. Read details here.

SLO Farm Bureau

4875 Morabito PlaceOur New Office Location --

4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo 93401
Phone: (805) 543-3654
Fax: (805) 543-3697
(numbers remain the same)

View and print a map to the new San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau location here.

Workshops & Meetings

Farm Tour


Farm Tour: How Woodchips Can Help Decrease High Amounts of Nitrogen and Improve Water Quality
Friday, May 29, Los Osos
This Nutrient Management Workshop with a morning tour focuses on an innovative yet simple bioreactor designed to treat subsurface water with high amounts of nitrogen. If you want lunch after the tour, the cost iis $15. Read complete details for the workshop and how to RSVP here.


Ground Operations

Movie Night -- Ground Operations: Battlefield to Farmfields
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, Farm Bureau Office, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo.
Join us for popcorn, light refreshments and a visit with filmmaker Dulanie Ellis before the movie at 7 p.m. The event is free, but please RSVP to (805) 543-3654 or as we have only 50 seats available. Read more about the documentary, which tells of combat veterans transitioning to ag jobs, here.

Mid-State Fair

Cattlemen & Farmers' Day
Thursday, July 23, at Mid State Fair, Paso Robles Event Center.
Watch for your invitation and reservation form for discounted tickets that will come in the mail. Meanwhile, save the date to join friends and fellow agriculturalists at the fair!

Membership Benefits

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Farm Bureau members looking for new, easy ways to interact with customers at farmers markets, tasting rooms and other locations now have access to a variety of First Data marketing services. Read more here.

What are some benefits of your SLO County Farm Bureau membership? Read about them here. Find a current list with Farm Bureau benefits here.

Membership News

Join SLO County Farm Bureau
joinIt's easy to join San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and receive the benefits of membership. Read how your membership keeps you informed on local and state ag issues. Join online today! Click here.

How to Become a Business Member
For a Business Membership application, please click here. For questions, call the SLO County Farm Bureau, (805) 543-3654.

Renew Your SLO County Farm Bureau Membership
Renew LogoRenew your membership online today! Click here.


Welcome New & Returning SLO County Farm Bureau Members!handshake

Associate Members -- Tim Ferrari, Jerry Mandes, Rachel Pernice, Kalvyn Voshal.

Collegiate Members -- Anthony Nonini.

Collegiate Membership Offered CFBF invites students between 16 and 25, enrolled in a post-high school education program such as community college, four-year university or trade school, to join Farm Bureau for $25 a year. Gift memberships are available. Learn more.


Young Farmers & Ranchers Photo Collage of ActivitiesYF&R

During the past year, YF&R members have taught an Ag in the Classroom session and built raised garden beds for the Boys & Girls Club, met with the CA Secretary of Agriculture, attended a trap shooting social and hosted a Barn Dance. See photos here.

SLO Co. Ag Department

2014 Crop Report2014 County Crop Report -- Drought Squeezes a 2% Decrease From 2013 Values

Strawberries topped the 2014 production list, followed by wine grapes. For details on all of the county's crops, download a pdf news release and statistics from the Ag Commissioner here. A printed report will be available in June.

2014 Freddy of the Year

Congratulations Paul Clark!Paul Clark 2014

Paul Clark, honored for his outstanding service and contributions to agriculture and Farm Bureau, received the "Freddy" at the 92nd Annual Meeting of Members. A Past President, Clark has served with distinction on numerous committees, representing the agriculture community with thoughtfulness and a deep knowledge of issues and goals. Read more.

2014 Ag of the Year

Congratulations, Dale EvensonDale Evenson 2014

At Cattlemen and Farmers' Day during July's Mid-State Fair, rancher and role model Dale Evenson was honored for his service to agriculture and the community. Read more about this SLO County native.

Got Photos?

SLO County Dairy Farm Memories Needed Dairy photos needed

For their dairy history project, the Octagon Barn and SLO County Land Conservancy are looking for oral histories and photographs of the area's dairy men and women. Read about Assunta Pedrotta and her cow (above) and who to contact with dairy information.

California Bountiful

CFBF MagazineCa Bountiful Magazine

California Bountiful Magazine explores therapeutic benefits of growing and cooking food, high-country ranching, protecting California from bad bugs and what makes Napa County special. Add recipes, gardening and more for a terrific issue! Link here.

Farm Safety & Workers

It's Time to Prepare for Hot Summer Weather
State Fund logoCal/OSHA has updated its heat illness regulations, effective May 1. What are the changes you should know about? Read more.

Simple Steps Tackle Chemical Concerns
Nationwide logoThe large amount and variety of chemicals commonly stored on farms brings two major concerns: they can be dangerous and they are costly. Nationwide offers tips to help guard against both concerns here.

A New Generation Called to Feed the World
A 2014 report by the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Food & Ag Council found that demand for new talent in the food and agriculture industries is outpacing the available candidates entering the workforce from academic programs. Read more.

Electrical Safety Basics
FELS logoMost employees injured by electricity are not electricians. Help all your employees understand basic electricity to avoid injuries--and even death. More here.

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California Farm Bureau Federation encourages Farm Bureau voting members to stay engaged in the political process, even in a non-election year. Read more.

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