SLO Country Magazine
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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 Water Meetings
Groundwater Management Update
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) invites Farm Bureau members and others to two study sessions about the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.
*Thursday, May 21: The Basin and the Resolution of Application
*Thursday, June 18: DWR and Fox Canyon Groundwater will be discussed as part of the Basin study session.
Both meetings will start at 9 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers 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
NOTE NEW DATE--RSVP NOT NEEDED
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 here.
Farm Bureau to Barbecue at Antique Equipment Show!
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 22-23 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Santa Margarita Ranch.
Enjoy the Antique Equipment Show and volunteer to help barbecue at (805) 543-3654. The food sales raise money for Farm Bureau projects. Event information and tickets here.
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 email@example.com as we have only 50 seats available. Read more about the documentary, which tells of combat veterans transitioning to ag jobs, here.
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!
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.
Welcome New & Returning SLO County Farm Bureau Members!
Associate Members -- 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.
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 and attended a trap shooting social. See photos here. Their 2015 Barn Dance is scheduled for May 9. Read details under "Events" or 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.
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.
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 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
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.