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Summer 2015 Magazine

Summer Issue Celebrates Local Events and Venues

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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Legislative News

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Bills From 2015 Legislative Session Can Affect Agriculture
With the conclusion of the 2015 California legislative session, Governor Brown has until October 11 to either approve or vet approximately 640 bills Read about six that can affect agriculuture here. ACT NOW: CFBF asks you to urge Govenor Brown to veto AB 465 here.

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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.

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 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.

Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP) Recommended for Discontinuation
The State Water Resources Control Board listened to feedback from ranchers and plans to discontinue discussions regarding a statewide grazing approach in favor of a regional approach. Read more and comment here.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP) Trigger Quarantine
SLO Ag Dept. pest detection trappers and insect trappers for CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture have found ACPs in traps in both Arroyo Grande and Nipomo. Read more here. Check the SLO Ag Dept. website for updates and quarantine areas. 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

Stormwater permitSWRCB Industrial Stormwater Permit for Wineries and Others
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) requires a new Industrial Stormwater General Permit (IGP) that regulates stormwater runoff from certain industrial facilities, including wineries. Read details here.

pesticide noticePesticide 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.

USDA programUSDA Offers Help to Fire-and Drought-Affected Farmers & Ranchers
Those who lost livestock, grazing land and ag-related property as a result of a natural disaster, such as fire and drought, can apply for assistance. Read details here.

seedlingBoard of Supervisors
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

Membership Benefits

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!

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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 

CFBF Annual Meetings

CFBF Annual Meeting

California Farm Bureau (CFBF) 97th Annual Meeting
Saturday-Wednesday, December 5-9, Peppermill Hotel, Reno, Nevada
With the theme, "Growing Agriculture's Sphere of Influence," CFBF joins Nevada State Farm Bureau for a joint meeting. Read details about the meeting and registration here.

SLO County Farm Bureau
93rd Annual Meeting of Members --
Click here for a photo collage of the event.

Water Meetings

Countywide water meetings

Two Countywide Water Conservation Program Meetings in October
Countywide water conservation amendments are scheduled to be heard before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. A Planning Department press release details what will occur at each of thes two meetings here.
* Tuesdays, October 6 and 27, at SLO County Board of Supervisors Chamber in San Luis Obispo.

LAFCO Supports Local Vote to Form a Paso Robles Groundwater Basin District
On September 17, the San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) met to discuss and vote on a proposed district. By a vote of six to one, the commissioners voted in favor of a basin. Read a meeting summary here.

Farm Water Quality Plan

Farm Water  Quality Plan Form

Farm Water Quality Plan Form in English and Spanish
Click to download a pdf in English. Click here to download a pdf in Spanish.

SLO Farm Bureau

4875 Morabito PlaceFarm Bureau 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.

Membership Benefits

What are some benefits of your SLO County Farm Bureau membership? Find a current brochure 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

Agriculture Members -- George Andrews, Judith Kelly, Matthew Laird, Austin RyanAdam Tipton

Associate Member -- Olson Garcia, Patrick Mullen

Business Members -- E.C. Loomis & Sons Insurance, Mullahey Ford, Stillman Enterprises

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.

Coming Events

The Great AGVenture Great AGventure

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.

10th Annual Great Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest Great Pumpkin Contest

Thursday, October 15, Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo

The Great Pumpkins are coming! Along with Scarecrow Contest and new Pumpkin Carving Contest, this celebration of fall harvest is a crowd pleaser. Read all about the event and find an entry form here.


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. See May 2015 Barn Dance photos here.

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2014 Crop Report2014 County Crop Report -- Now Available in Print

Strawberries topped the 2014 production list, followed by wine grapes. For details on all of the county's crops, download a pdf of the crop report here.

2015 Freddy of the Year

Congratulations Neil Olsen!Neil Olsen 2015

Neil Olsen, who has been an active Farm Bureau member since 1960, is a Past President and also the father of Past President Bernard Olsen. During his acceptance of the Freddy, he said "Farm Bureau is a great organization that works hard for all of us in many ways, not only with government but also educating the public that we are the most important industry on earth."

2015 Ag of the Year

Congratulations, Jim Brabeck Jim Brabeck 2015

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
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
Chuck Pritchard Pritchard, a fourth-generation county rancher/ cattleman, has worked tirelessly on agriculture issues and served with distinction for numerous organizations. Read more.

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to 2015 Scholarship Recipients! Dairy photos needed

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.

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 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
State Fund logoThe 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.

Reduce Your Wildfire Risk: Create Defensible Space
Nationwide logoAs many as 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans! Safeguard your home from wildfires by firescaping your property. Learn how here.

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.

Farm Team

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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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