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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Enrollment for 2016 USDA Safety Net Coverage Now Open
Producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill can visit FSA county offices to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016 The enrollment period ends August 1. For details, click here.
President Barack Obama made good on his threat to veto legislation passed by the House and the Senate that would block the administration’s controversial Clean Water Rule, previously known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Following the veto, Senate Republicans were unsuccessful in an effort earlier today to override the president on the issue.
October 9, a court injunction was issued that prevented the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the WOTUS rule. CFBF has a webspage to help members understand the rule's impacts; click here. How will your property be affected by the WOTUS rule? Click here.
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
SWRCB 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 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 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.
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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).
Water News & Meetings
Board of Supervisors Approve Moving Forward With the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin District
November 10, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted to schedule a mail-in election with a March 8, 2016, deadline that could establish and create funding for a water management district for the Paso Robles water basin. Read more about that meeting, what the passing of SB 88 means and new SGMA groundwater basin regulations here.
4th Annual Beef Improvement Symposium
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, January 10, Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis -- Farm Club at UC Davis presents a day filled with speakers discussing topics ranging from drought and heat stress mitigation to marketing and reproduction. View details here.
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.
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!
Agriculture Members -- Cheetah Industries, Michael Gorby, Dustin Klein, Kimberley Mulligan, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
Associate Members -- Matthew Bassett, Tyler Flesner
Collegiate Members -- Carly Chandless, Jeffrey Hardy, Holly Wilson
Business Member -- Barkley Insurance Risk Management
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.
Great AGventure South -- Friday, May 13, Arroyo Grande High School. Great AGventure North -- Wednesday, October 19, Paso Robles Event Center. Fourth-grade children from throughout SLO County learn about agriculture in fun, interactive ways. Many opportunities for Farm Bureau members to help educate the next generation range from presenting a session in your area of expertise to guiding kids around the venue to their next presentation. Contact Lorraine Clark, Ag Education Committee Coordinator, for details at (805) 543-7356 or email@example.com.
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 -- 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, 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
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.
Reduce Your Wildfire Risk: Create Defensible Space
As many as 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans! Safeguard your home from wildfires by firescaping your property. Learn how here.
California Farm Bureau Federation encourages Farm Bureau voting members to stay engaged in the political process, even in a non-election year. Read more.