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 a historic, ongoing, close working relationship with the U. C. Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Commissioner. 

Farm Bureau advocates on behalf of the agricultural community, speaking out on local, state and national issues that affect the agricultural commodities we raise and provide. We also promote education of our members and the community on agricultural-related issues and support agri-tourism.

The Farm Bureau's mission is to 'Protect, encourage, and enhance economic opportunities and social viability for El Dorado County farmers, ranchers, and foresters', while representing the needs and interests of all El Dorado County farming families. 

Announcements - El Dorado County

Sign Ordinance Update

The El Dorado County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Bldg C, Placerville. 

County Staff will present the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Draft Board Resolutions to Certify the EIR and Amend General Plan Objective 2.7.1 and Policy 2.7.1.2, and the Final Draft Sign Ordinance.  The Planning Commission will consider staff's recommendation that will be taken to the Board of Supervisors for adoption on April 28, 2015. For more information, please visit the Sign Ordinance Update webpage at:

http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/Sign_Ordinance_Update.aspx

 
Public Workshops on General Plan Biological Resources Policies Update

The County is in the process of updating the biological resources policies and implementation measures in the County’s General Plan. On January 13, 2015, the County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed project schedule. The 18-month project schedule includes a series of public workshops with the Board to be held in January 2015 through June 2015. Following the January 26th workshop, subsequent workshops are scheduled on the following Mondays: February 23, March 30 and May 18, 2015. Workshop times (to be determined) will be posted at a later date and workshop materials may be available up to a week in advance on the project webpage - http://www.edcgov.us/…/L…/Environmental/BioPolicyUpdate.aspx

 
Targeted General Plan Amendment-Zoning Ordinance Update

El Dorado County has prepared a Partial Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) for the Targeted General Plan Amendment-Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) project.  The RDEIR was released today, January 29, 2015 for a 45-day public review period.

The TGPA-ZOU project webpage has been updated with the Notice of Availability, RDEIR and applicable draft Community Design Standards.  For more information, click on link below: 

http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/TGPA-ZOU_Main.aspx

If you have any questions, please contact project manager, Shawna Purvines at shawna.purvines@edcgov.us or 621-5362.

 
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. 
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