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Spring 2015 Magazine

Summer Issue to Feature Local Events and Venues

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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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.

The final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is scheduled to be out on July 16. The next meetings are July 30, August 11, August 25 and September 1.

DSEIR Public Comment & Review Period for Countywide Water Conservation Program
This document from the Planning Commission tells how to get more information, comment by July 6, and lists dates of public hearings.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP) Found in So. County Citrus & SLO City
A single adult ACP has been found in a southern SLO County commercial citrus orchard and also in a residential SLO City trap. Check the SLO Ag Dept. website for updates and quarantine areas. Additional Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the city of SLO have put into effect quarantine measures. 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 LFP2014 Farm 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.

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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 


Water Meetings

Town Hall

Groundwater Management Update
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) invites Farm Bureau members and others to two meetings about the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.
* 5:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, August 20, at Paso Robles Event Center
* 9 a.m. Thursday, September 17, at SLO Board Chambers

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

CPR Workshop

CPR Training & Certification
Tuesday, June 30, at SLO County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
Make sure your employees are trained and certified in CPR and other safety procedures, in conjunction with Farm Bureau business member DiBuduo & DeFendis. Either a morning or afternoon class will be offered, depending on sign-ups. Cost of $40 for Farm Bureau members and their employees includes a training manual and lunch. RSVP with Jennifer Howsmon at (805) 543-3654.

Hunter safety workshop

Hunter Safety Education Classes
6-9 p.m. July 7, 9 and 16 at SLO County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
Instructor Bill Plummer provides 10 hours of safety instruction, which California requires for certification of first-time hunters. The class is free to SLO Co. Farm Bureau members and their families; $10 for non-members. RSVP to info@slofarmbureau.org.

CPR Workshop

Rural Roads Safety Workshop
1-3 p.m. Monday, July 13, at SLO County Farm Bureau, 4875 Morabito Place, San Luis Obispo
This SLO Co. Farm Bureau member-benefit workshop, conducted by Nationwide Insurance, provides your employees and family members with skills to drive defensively. The session is free to Farm Bureau members and their employees; free lunch offered noon-1 p.m.. RSVP with Jennifer Howsmon at (805) 543-3654.

Events

Mid-State Fair

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!

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San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Annual Dinner
3-7 p.m. Saturday, September 19, at Turri Ranch Barn, San Luis Obispo
Save the date for the 93rd Annual Dinner and installation of officers.

Scholarship

Heritage Foundation scholarship Heritage Foundation Scholarship Deadline June 19 (postmark) or June 26 (hand deliver)
The Heritage Foundation Scholarship application is available in the Mid-State Fair 2015 Livestock Competition Handbook on pages 46-47; view here. Students must participate in the Mid-State Fair to be eligible.

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 & Returning SLO County Farm Bureau Members!handshake

Ag Member --Gabriel Filipe, Steve Soderstrom, Nicholas Stephenson

Associate Members -- Vicki Ayala, Tim Ferrari, Jerry Mandes, Pacific Coast Strategies,, 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.

YF&R

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 -- 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.

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.

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.

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 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

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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FARM PAC

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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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