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

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
Sign Ordinance Update - Public Meeting 10/23/14
 

On October 1, 2014, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released for a 30-day public review and comment period. Camino Sign The purpose of the NOP is to solicit comments from public agencies and interested persons regarding the scope and content of the environmental information and analyses, including the significant environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be included in the draft EIR. A public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C, Placerville, CA 95667. County staff will provide a brief overview of the project, followed by a question and answer session and an open house. Written comments to the NOP must be received by the County by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. Please email, fax, mail or hand deliver your comments to:

Anne Novotny, Senior Planner
El Dorado County Community Development Agency
Long Range Planning
Email: anne.novotny@edcgov.us 
"Recovering from Wildfire" Workshop

The UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra will be co-sponsoring a “Recovering from Wildfire Workshop” on October 24th at the Pleasant Valley Grange in Placerville. This workshop is intended to teach private forestland owners about the resources available to them to help aid in recovery from the Sand and King Fires.

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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.

 
King Fire Insurance Contact Information
In the event you have been impacted by the King Fire, or any fire in our area, contact Nationwide or Allied Insurance day or night to report a claim by calling 1-800-421-3535.  They are there to help you get your home or property back in order and are working with local authorities on this event.  Stay safe and see below for helpful fraud protection tips!
 
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.  
Opt-in

If you are a commercial agricultural operation or if you plan to be one in the future, you may request the county to keep your land zoned for agricultural use.  For those who are engaged in commercial agriculture, being zoned properly will ensure that you are protected from impacts associated with increasing development.  The Board of Supervisors will consider your request for agricultural zoning when they analyze the impacts of the proposed Zoning Ordinance.  To “opt-in” is to say “Yes, I want to be zoned for agriculture both now and in the future”!

 
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Around the Golden State

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Tomato harvest will be plentiful, Researchers seek drought-tolerant beans, Biosensor checks olive oil quality, 'Sniffer dogs' may help fight plant disease

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Drought affects agricultural tourism, Unmanned aircraft could help on farms, UC works with urban farmers, Chicken farm competes in entrepreneurship contest

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Drought brings investment in irrigation technology, Lack of water affects chili peppers, Wildfire smoke slows hay production, Loan options expand for new farmers

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Farm Bureau announces ballot positions, New water year begins, Drought affects vegetable volumes, Grants benefit farmers markets, food hubs

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:00:01 -0700

Wineries keep an eye on water, Rice straw takes expanded feed role, Prune research aims at taste, efficiency, Bagrada bug attacks crops

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