SLO Country Magazine
San Luis Obispo County has a long history of scarce rainfall. Read how our current drought affects all residents, but especially those in agriculture. And did you know there's a local worm farm? Learn all about the production of vermicompost.
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Will farmers need a permit to plant a new crop? to replace a fence? Joy Fitzhugh, SLO Co. Farm Bureau Legistlative Analyst, summarizes the EPA proposals, how they may affect you and how you can comment by October 20 here. California Farm Bureau Federation encourages agriculturalists to speak out about this important issue.
Also, immediate sign ups are open for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ground in SLO County. Read the details here. Fill out a Drought Questionnaire here if your farm or ranch has been affected.
Light Brown Apple Moth Found in Arroyo Grande
Three Light Brown Apple Moths were found recently in the Arroyo Grande area. A quarantine and additional traps have been put into place. Read the SLO Ag Dept. news release here.
Asian Citrus Psyllid a Threat to SLO County Citrus
The Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) recently was found near Arroyo Grande. Read SLO Ag Dept. news release here and updates 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
2015 FSA County Committee Elections
A USDA bulletin discusses the importance to farmers and ranchers of the Farm Service Agency County Committees, who can hold office and the election process. Read more.
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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.
State Fund offers a discount and special programs to Farm Bureau members. Read more.
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).
SLO Farm Bureau Moves
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.
Meet New Exec. DirectorLynn Diehl Named New Executive Director
The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau welcomes Lynn Diehl, beginning May 5, 2014. Read more.
First Data Credit Card Processing
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.
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.
Agricultural Members --
Lawrence Honerkamp, Kit Kuyper, Dana Putnam, Susan Warren, Brent Wellington.
Associate Members -- Sue Brigham, Patti Jackson, Charlotte Meade, Michael Van Muysen.
New 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.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Rural Crime Unit offers tips to prevent theft here. Since June 2013, losses from metal shops and outbuildings in rural areas are estimated to be more than $200,000.
SLO Co. Ag Department2013 County Crop Report -- Up 11% From 2012
Wine grapes came out as top crop, with strawberries close behind in 2013 production. Download a pdf.
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.
2014 Ag of the Year
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.
Entry Deadline September 30 -- Amateur photographers, Farm Bureau members, can win cash prizes with ag-related images in five categories! Find out all the details here.
The Great AGventure
Wednesday, October 1 -- Paso Robles Event Center
Volunteers are needed for the 12th Great AGventure, a heartwarming day where fourth-grade SLO County students learn about different kinds of agriculture and how it all relates to their lives. For details about volunteering, contact Lorraine Clark at (805) 543-7356.
Fall's annual Great AGventure added a South County event in May. Read about it and see photos here.
9th Annual Great Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest
3-7 p.m. Thursday, October 16 -- Mission Plaza, SLO
Your talent to grow great pumpkins and creativity to make terrific scarecrows can win you prizes! Download all the details and entry form here.
Monday-Tuesday, November 17-18 -- Madonna Inn Expo Center, SLO
Learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. Find complete program details and registration here.
Farm Safety & Workers
Why Farm-Certified Insurance Agents Work Hard for You
What do farmers and ranchers want most from their insurance agent? Someone they can trust, one who understands the business of farming and one who helps them protect their operations. Read how Farm Certified agents do this.
California Farm Bureau Federation encourages Farm Bureau voting members to stay engaged in the political process, even in a non-election year. Read more.