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

Sign Ordinance Update - Public Meeting Jan. 29, 2015

An open house meeting to accept written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Sign Ordinance Update will be held this Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C in Placerville.

The Draft EIR was released on December 31, 2014 for a 45-day public review period. Deadline to submit written comments is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February, 17, 2015

The Draft EIR and proposed Sign Ordinance Update are posted on the project webpage: http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/Sign_Ordinance_Update.aspx

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. 
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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