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Winter 2014-15 Magazine

Ways to Enhance Your Life in 2015!

Discover 10 intriguing products for 2015, learn all about sparkling wine, try three hearty winter recipes and more! Click here.

Ag Update E-Newsletter -- Ag News You Need to Know!

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Legislative News

Asian Citrus Psyllid

New 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

Ag truck update Agricultural Vehicle & Hay Truck Fact Sheets
A two-page update from the California Air Resources Board gives the latest information and answers questions. One opt-in allowance must be completed by January 31, 2015. See if this applies to you -- click here.

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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

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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.

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
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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 

SLO Farm Bureau Moves

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.


2015 Crab Feed15th Annual Crab Feed

4 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at Paso Robles Event Center
Get your bibs ready for one of the year's most popular events! All-you-can-eat crab, pasta, bread and salad for only $55 per person. Click here for more information. SLO Film Fesitval

"Farmland" at San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Friday, March 13
SLO County Farm Bureau and Farm Credit West sponsor this documentary about the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s--the next generation of agriculturalists--from award-winning director James Moll. Click here for information about the film. Look for a package including tickets and a fun pre-screening reception and green carpet event coming soon.

Cattlemen's Art Show

Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale
Friday-Sunday, March 27-29
Celebrating 25 years this annual event, presented by SLO County Cattlemen's Association, showcases more than 50 western artists, with Ernie Morris as the featured artist. Find complete information about the show here.

Ag Venture

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.

Membership Benefits

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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.

What are some benefits of your SLO County Farm Bureau membership? Read about them here. Find a current list 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 SLO County Farm Bureau Members!handshake

Agricultural Members--
Joan Garcia, Mission Fields LLC, Ryan Fortini Design Group.

Associate Members -- Josh Blanc, Jeremy Gilbuena, Suzette Lees, Marianne Miller, Timothy Montgomery, Suzanne Morby, Luis Quintanar, Michael Rivera, Benjamin Smith, Nancy Taylor, Carino Trujillo.

Business Members -- Ewing Irrigation Products, DaCosse & Associates Real Estate.

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.

Equipment Theft

Rural Theft Losses for a Year Total More Than $200,000Equipment theft

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 Department

2013 Crop Report2013 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

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.

2014 Ag of the Year

Congratulations, Dale EvensonDale Evenson 2014

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.

Event Recap

Holyn Sylvester and her mother, Wendy, are always on the lookout for photo opportunities when driving back and forth to school and other activities. Find out how Holyn, a shutterbug since age 6, took this photo, which received second place in the "Budding Artists" category, and see the other winning shots.

Ongoing engagement with policymakers and customers will be critical for California farmers and ranchers to assure their place in the future, according to speakers at the organization's 96th Annual Meeting in December. Read more here.

California Bountiful

CFBF MagazineCa Bountiful Magazine

California Bountiful Magazine features a young entrepreneur, a coffee grower and a group of conservation-minded farmers who are raising the bar. Add recipes, book reviews and more--and you have a great issue! Link here.

Farm Safety & Workers

Take Care When Working in Your Shop This Winter
State Fund logoMany accidents happen in the farm shop. Read the types of potential hazards to be aware of and ways to prevent accidents and injuries to share with employees.

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.

Include GPS Systems When Insuring Equipment
Nationwide logoAre your Global Positioning System (GPS) devices insured? The Nationwide® Agribusiness AgriChoice® farm policy can include coverage for GPS equipment. If a piece of farm equipment has permanently attached GPS components, the components' value should be included in the value of the equipment. Read more.

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.

Farm Team

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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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