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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.

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.

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

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.

2014 Farm Bill LFPFarm 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.

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
No Trespass sign
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 

Annual Meeting

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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! Download an invitation here. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 8.

Water Meetings

LAFCO Meeting

LAFCO Groundwater Management Update
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) invites Farm Bureau members and others to meetings about the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Read details here.
* 9 a.m. Thursday, September 17, at SLO County Board of Supervisors Chamber in San Luis Obispo.

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

WQCB workshop

Water Quality Control Board (CCWQCB) Workshop
1-4 p.m. Thursday, August 27, at San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
Ag operations that need help completing Notice of Intent and e-Notice of Intent forms--both due October 1--can receive help from the WQCB at this FREE workshop. Please RSVP. Read more.

PGE pump workshop

Pump Efficiency & Pancakes Workshop
9-11 a.m. Saturday, September 12, at San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
Farm Bureau members are invited to bring a friend to enjoy a FREE pancake breakfast while you learn how to save money from PG&E. The PG&E mobile education center will set up a large pump in the parking lot for the demo. Please RSVP, so we don't run out of food, to (805) 543-3654.

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

Associate Member -- Robert Cohen, Riley & Riley Insurance

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.


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.

SLO Co. Ag Department

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.

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.

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.

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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