Welcome to the Farm Bureau!

 The Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership, non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the commodities grown in our county.   It has an ongoing, close working relationship with the U. C. Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Commissioner. 

 Farm Bureau serves as a political arm of the farmer speaking out on local, state and national issues that affect the agricultural commodities we raise. We also promote education of our members and the community on agricultural-related issues.

 The purpose of Farm Bureau is to surface, analyze, and solve the problems of farmers, ranchers, and loggers — representing the needs and interests of all El Dorado County farming families. 

Announcements - El Dorado County

UC Launching Economic Impact Study of Local Agricultural Marketing
Growing interest in local foods has raised questions about the extent to which local and regional food systems promote regional economic development. Consumers often cite “supporting the local economy” as a reason why they purchase locally produced foods. However, there are currently very limited data to measure such impacts. The University of California has initiated a study to quantify the economic impact of farms and ranches that sell locally within the Sacramento region (consisting of Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties).

The project team will share the research findings extensively with producers, local organizations, and local and state policymakers. The two-year project is funded by a grant from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For further information, please contact Shermain Hardesty, the Project Director. She is a Cooperative Extension Specialist, in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Davis, and can be reached at 530 752 0467, shermain@primal.ucdavis.edu. 
Farm Bureau Opposes Measures M - N - O
The Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to oppose all three county ballot measures that will be on November's ballot.  To see more regarding the Farm Bureau's concerns about how these initiatives could cause long-term damage to agricultural regions of our county, read our newsletter.  Click here
El Dorado Community Foundation Taking King Fire Donations

The El Dorado Community Foundation has opened a KING FIRE FUND .  They are working on something to put on the Website that will be easily recognizable that folks can link into.  But, meanwhile, anyone can simply click on the DONATE NOW Button and the drop-down menu inside of that form lists the KING FIRE FUND as a gift designation choice.  Log on to www.eldoradocf.org for more information.

2014 Fire Damage Agricultural Assessment Form

The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures has created a form  to track Ag damage due to fire. We will make them available to our members who may have experienced livestock and private timber damage, and/or structure and equipment damage from the King Fire.  Please call or e-mail us if you need the form or the Ag Department at eldcag@edcgov.us, (530) 621-5520.

Zoning Ordinance revision
The El Dorado County zoning ordinance is currently undergoing environmental review.  We will let you know when the next draft is available for comment.  In the meantime, to get informed on the proposed ordinance, go to the county’s website.  
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