Government Affairs

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USDA’s Farm & Food Worker Relief Program Continues COVID Relief Payments to SLO County Farmworkers

October 11, 2023

United Way is administering the USDA’s Farm & Food Worker Relief program [FFWR] to provide COVID relief payments ($600 each) to farmworkers in SLO County. We’ve already distributed 1,560 of the 4,000 payments available. All front-line workers (not supervisors) are eligible if they earned a paycheck anytime during the pandemic (March 2020 to May 2023). This is the same program SLO County Farm Bureau has publicized in recent months.

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Paso Basin Planting Ordinance

November 27, 2022

Farmers and ranchers in San Luis Obispo County oppose the Paso Basin Land Use Management Area Planting Ordinance....

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November 2022 General Election California Farm Bureau Voter Guide

October 10, 2022

California Farm Bureau has produced a 2022 November General Election Voter Guide as a reference for members and interested parties. ......

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2021 California Redistricting

January 1, 2022

Redistricting Update - New 2022-2032 maps are finalized...

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More Government Affairs News

Farm Bureau Secures Wildfire Insurance Reforms

Farm Bureau and Assessor Bordonaro fight to reform Prop 19 death tax

No CEQA for SLO County Agriculture

CalOSHA Inspecting Ag Employers for COVID Safety

CalPoly Releases Economic Impact Study of Proposed Groundwater-Use Cuts in Paso Robles

2020 Fall Candidate Forum

AB5 - Frequently Asked Questions

Research Shows SLO Farmers' Perspectives on SGMA

Farm Bureau Comments on SLO County Industrial Hemp Ordinance Draft

California Farm Bureau supports agricultural immigration bill

State Considers New Restrictions on 1,3-D

Court Orders Ag Order 3.0 Extension

Accessory Dwelling Units on Ag & Rural Lands?

Farm Bureau Urges Governor To Veto Housing Bill

A Look Ahead At The 2020 Elections

Actions Taken To Streamline H-2A Process

Conflict on Industrial Hemp Ordinance Development Continues

Register for a Live ELD Q&A Session

Wildfire Smoke Emergency Regulation Coming Soon

Proposed Changes to Agricultural Visa Program Show Promise, Farm Leader Says

SLO County Farm Bureau Supports USMCA

Supervisors Place Moratorium on Hemp

Supervisors Discuss Water Offset Ordinance

SLO County Farm Bureau Board Member Dan Sutton Testifies Before House Ag Committee

SLO County Farm Bureau Opposes Oil & Gas Operational Restrictions Legislation


SLO Farm Bureau Opposes State Ag Worker Housing Bill

Bill Would Create New Ag-Crime Category

Farm Bureau Supports Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Act

Farm Bureau Supports Stock Pond Bill

Water Board Reporting Deadlines Approaching

Local Legislators Assigned to Ag Committees

Submit Written Comments for Ag Order 4.0 Development

Water Rights Measurement Regulations Reporting Workshop (Webcast)

Updated - Farm groups welcome passage of 2018 Farm Bill

New Clean Water Rule aims for clarity

Insects protected under CESA?

Ag Worker Housing Stakeholder Meetings

CFBF President Comments On Failed Immigration Bill

County Groundwater Basin Priority Changes

Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

Diablo Mitigation Bill Passes Senate

CFBF Announces Positions on State Ballot Measures

CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Exemptions

Farm Bill Moves Forward

2018 Farm Bill Draft Released Today


Ag Order 4.0 CEQA Scoping Workshop

H.R. 4760 Securing America’s Future Act

CFBF Opposes Immigration Bill

Eastern San Joaquin Irrigated Lands Order Approved

Farm Bureau Members Offer Input On Farm Bill

Governor's Cap & Trade Expenditure Plan Released

Cannabis and Pesticide Use

Measure to Expand DPR Authority Fails

Are You Prepared for an Inspection?