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

CALL TO ACTION RE: EID BOARD OF DIRECTORS EDWPA VOTE - URGE A 'YES' VOTE

Per Craig Schmidt, Greenstone Growers:Another success (see #1 below :-), another upcoming vote (see #2 below) and another quick email REQUEST (see #3) for you.

1.  Based upon your many emails to EDC's Board of Supervisor's a few weeks ago, the BOS voted 4-to-1 in favor of allowing EID to move it's Board elections from odd years to "even years".  That will save EID (and us) about $40,000 per election cycle and should also increase voter turn-out by a factor of 2x-3x.  Today, Sacramento County's BOS also voted "yes" to allow EID to move its elections to "even years".  Great news!   Done deal... :-)

2.  On May 11th EID's Board will be voting on whether to continue to fund the El Dorado Water and Power Authority (EDWPA) so that it may continue to pursue 40,000 acre feet of additional water for the County (via SMUD).   This has been an on-going effort started some 40-50 years ago and is almost in our grasp (~3 years).  However, a small but vocal group opposes this project.  Why?  It appears that they are teaming up (again) to overturn your Measure M, N & O vote favoring "managed growth" vs "no growth".  These folks are now willing to risk the County's "water future" to forward their own personal agenda.  What can you do about it?  See #3 below.

3. REQUEST:  If you can attend EID's May 11th 9am Board meeting the would be GREAT.  However, since most of you work full-time jobs in addition to farming, please send an email to EID's Board Directors ( boardofdirectors@eid.org ) and cc Jim Abercrombie ( jmabercrombie@eid.org) stating something like:

"Dear Mr. Abercrombie:  Please vote "yes" to continue to fund the El Dorado Water and Power Authority (EDWPA) so that it may continue to pursue 40,000 acre feet of additional water for the County via the SMUD project.  I believe it would be in the best interest of the County to do everything possible to obtain this additional water.  Thank you!"

Note:  If this small but vocal group has their way, it won't be to long before the county is call "El Dry'rado County"... 

The El Dorado County Farm Bureau wholeheartedly supports a "YES" vote!

 
California Water Use Facts
 
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.

 
Top of page

Around the Golden State

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Vegetables, berries come to market early, Water shortages contribute to cut in cotton acreage, Briefing to focus on overall drought impact, USDA supports research against citrus disease

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Surveyors to search for snow, Crop plantings to be cut again, Water shortages worry citrus growers, Dairies report tight supplies of organic milk

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Strawberry harvest hits stride early, Lamb producers welcome holiday demand, Springtime means flower time, Survey gauges young farmers' attitudes

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Draft plan looks at groundwater law, Agriculture Day event to be held, Report: Family farms dominate U.S. agriculture, Farm trade official to hold California meeting

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Idled land affects seed business, Farmers expect trouble hiring enough people, Drought hits Valencia orange crop, Marketers see promise for wine exports

Top of page

In The News