SLO Country Magazine
Summer brings the Mid-State Fair, weddings, graduation, and a host of other events to the Central Coast. This issue celebrates some of those events and people who make them memorable, plus FFA students, a local winemaker and two local restaurants. Read the Summer issue here.
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County staff recommended that the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) be certified and that the County Board of Supervisors adopt the amendments. The next meetings are introduction to the Board August 11 and Board hearings August 25 and September 1. The earliest date for implementation is expected to be September 24, 2015.
DSEIR Public Comment & Review Period for Countywide Water Conservation Program
This document from the Planning Commission tells how to get more information and lists dates of public hearings.
Agricultural Stewards in Morro Bay - Help Tell the Story!
Farmers and ranchers in the Chorro and Los Osos valleys of Morro Bay have made great progress in improving the natural environment and waters of the Bay. The Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District is putting together a summary of ag projects completed in the Morro Bay watershed between June 2010 and October 2015. If you have a project in that area, please read more here or contact CSLRCD at (805) 772-4391 before August 21.
Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP) Found in So. County Citrus & SLO City
A single adult ACP has been found in a southern SLO County commercial citrus orchard and also in a residential SLO City trap. Check the SLO Ag Dept. website for updates and quarantine areas. Read a recap 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
Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Restricted as of July 1
Effective July 1, the CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation restricts chlorpyrifos when using a pesticide product labeled for use in the production of an agricultural commodity. Read the notice and view the list of affected products.
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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Farm Bureau 2015 Benefits Brochure
You'll find lots of companies here that offer benefits because you are a Farm Bureau member! Look for discounts on insurance, health & wellness, ag equipment, fuel, vehicles & vehicle rentals, home improvement, theme parks, travel and more!
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.
State Fund offers a discount and special programs to Farm Bureau members.
Farm 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
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.
A 16x13-inch metal No Trespassing sign in English and Spanish without the penal code number sells for $8 (members) & $8.50 (non-members).
LAFCO Groundwater Management Update
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) invites Farm Bureau members and others to two meetings about the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Read details here.
* 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 20, at Paso Robles Event Center in Adelaide Hall
* 9 a.m. Thursday, September 17, at SLO County Board of Supervisors Chamber in San Luis Obispo.
SLO Farm Bureau
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
Groundwater Management Plans & Info Meeting
9-11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau invites members and guests to an informal meeting designed to provide understanding of requirements for all areas of SLO County (beyond the Paso Robles basin) with groundwater basins or sub-basins. Read more here.
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau 93rd Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner
Saturday, September 19, at Turri Ranch Barn, 3730 Turri Road, San Luis Obispo
3 p.m. Social Hour
4 p.m. Barbecue Dinner and Program
Families with children are welcome! Watch for your invitation in the mail.
What are some benefits of your SLO County Farm Bureau membership? Find a current brochure with Farm Bureau benefits here.
Join SLO County Farm Bureau
It'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.
Welcome New & Returning SLO County Farm Bureau Members!
Ag Member --Alvis Cantrelle, Susan Coffey, Cruz Ess Avocado Farm, Geof Gurley, James Hartzell, Premier Ag Products & Services, Inc., Chad Rava Vineyards
Associate Member -- Pacific Coast Strategies
Business Member -- Madonna Inn
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.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Paso Robles Event Center
Fourth-grade students from all over San Luis Obispo County learn about different areas of agriculture at this educational and FUN day. Read here why agriculturalists make the best volunteers, telling the story they live.
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. See May 2015 Barn Dance photos here.
SLO Co. Ag Department2014 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
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.
2015 Ag of the Year
At Cattlemen and Farmers' Day during July's Mid-State Fair, community and business leader Jim Brabeck was honored for his service to agriculture and the community. Read more.
2015 CattleWoman of the Year -- Lorraine Cagliero
Cagliero has taken a family heritage with deep roots in the area and grown a legacy for generations to come in addition to her enthusiastic support of young people and community organizations. Read more.
2015 Cattleman of the Year -- Chuck Pritchard
Pritchard, a fourth-generation county rancher/ cattleman, has worked tirelessly on agriculture issues and served with distinction for numerous organizations. Read more.
Farm Bureau Women -- Rachel Andrade, Daniel Herrera, Benjamin Jankovitz, Riley Nilsen, Aloysia Shea.
San Luis Obispo County Foundation for Agricultural Awareness -- Mary Allen, Kayla Hildebrand, Maggie Madden, Michalann Mott.
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 Magazine in its July/August issue celebrates the unexpected with gelato made from water buffalo milk, salmon growing in rice fields, salads made in jars and fermenting food for the health of it. Add recipes, gardening and more for a terrific issue! Link here.
Farm Safety & Workers
Take Extra Care When Working Around A Tractor
The tractor is easily recognized as a farmer's most important tool, but it is also the most dangerous, accounting for one-quarter of all agriculturally related deaths in the U.S. each year. Read these important safety tips.
Simple Steps Tackle Chemical Concerns
The 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.
California Farm Bureau Federation encourages Farm Bureau voting members to stay engaged in the political process, even in a non-election year. Read more.