SLO Country Magazine
Recent films that explore the many challenges and successes of agriculture are featured in conjunction with the SLO International Film Festival. Read about the films and other magazine articles here.
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Paso Robles Groundwater Basin Update
What is the latest action taken by the SLO County Board of Supervisors on the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin? What about the Water Export Ordinance? And what is "Scrap the GRAP" all about? Read details here.
Mills Family Honored for Conservation Efforts
The 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award, presented by the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, went to Mike Mills and the Mills family, who grow broccoli near Oso Flaco Lake. Read more.
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. 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).
SLO FB Town Hall Meeting
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
53rd Paso Robles Chamber Agri-Business Tour
Wednesday, May 6
Tour stops include Lazy JT Land and Cattle (breakfast), Topaz Solar Farm, La Panza Ranch (barbecue lunch), CDF station and Sculpterra Winery (tasting). Tickets at Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, (805) 238-0506. View details here.
Brock Center Forum 2015: "Meet Your Meat... Pasture to Plate"
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, May 7, Cal Poly Meat Processing Center
The forum provides the public, students and faculty with general information about the challenges and niche markets associated with meat production and processing. Half day $25; full day $35. Read details here.
Farm Tour: Woodchip Bioreactor & Nutrient Management
Friday, May 15, Los Osos
The morning tour focuses on an innovative yet simple bioreactor designed to treat subsurface water with high amounts of nitrogen. Lunch after the tour if you RSVP by May 1. Read complete details here.
Barn Dance! Young Farmers & Ranchers
6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Twisselman Barn, 761 W. Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo
The largest YF&R fundraiser of the year is also FUN, starting with a silent auction and dinner. Then put your dancing boots on to party with Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. Read all the details here. Tickets, $30 for adults and $20 for students, can be purchased in person at the Farm Bureau office (cash or check only). If you'd like to donate an auction item, read details here.
The Great AGventure South
Friday, May 15
The second year of the southern event, held in partnership with Arroyo Grande High School's FFA, is a day filled with agriculture education for fourth graders. For details about the event and how you can help, click here.
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 --
Nicki Anderson, Reddy Reddy, Jake Twisselman.
Associate Members -- Christine Anderson, Leigh Carnahan Brandt, Calvin Chan, Sean Vestal.
Business Members -- DiBuduo DeFendis 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.
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 takes a look at two farmers on two wheels, wine label art and a chef who mentors students in farm-to-table cooking. Add recipes, gardening and more--and you have a great issue! Link here.
Farm Safety & Workers
Drought May Bring New Safety Challenges to Farms
As the drought continues, farmers may have to make tough decisions about changing to less water-intensive crops. Before such a shift, it's important to plan changes to farm equipment, irrigation and safety issues. Read more.
Keep Your OSHA 300 Log Up to Date
Farm employers should be familiar with the OSHA recordkeeping requirements relating to workplace safety, injury and illness. State Fund has developed a bulletin on the 300 Log to help make the task easier. Read more.
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.