Tools for Enhancing On-Farm Resilience to Climate Change

Tools for Enhancing On-Farm Resilience to Climate Change workshop seeks to support agricultural conservation professionals in making connections between sustainable farming practices and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the other environmental and economic benefits.


  • Royce Larsen, Area Natural Resource Watershed Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension SLO
  • Rob Rutherford, former professor & sheep specialist, Animal Science Department, Cal Poly
  • Milt McGiffen, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist & Plant Physiologist, UC Riverside
  • Mark Battany, Viticulture Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension SLO
  • Jean-Pierre Wolff, Owner & Vintner, Wolff Vineyard


  1. To provide agricultural conservation professionals at RCDs, UC Extension and NRCS with tools for growers that will enhance their ability to adapt to changing climate conditions and increase resilience to expected climate impacts. Soil building, biodiversity and water stewardship will be the primary strategies explored.
  2. To provide a venue for sharing and discussion regarding climate adaptation in agriculture.
  3. To learn about current climate policy initiatives related to agriculture.

DATE & TIME: Thursday November 21, 2013  •  9:30am – 3:30pm.  Arrive at 9:15am for coffee & pastries. Lunch will be provided.

LOCATION: Wolff Vineyard, San Luis Obispo. Directions will be sent upon registration.

WHO: The workshop is open to NRCS, Cooperative Extension and RCD staff.

RSVP: To ensure your space in the workshop, please RSVP by November 14 to Renata Brillinger at There is no registration fee (it is funded by Western SARE). Space is limited.


Cal Poly to Offer Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference Dec. 6-7

The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences’ Center for Sustainability will host the 12th annual Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference in San Luis Obispo on Dec. 6 and 7.

Leading researchers and specialists from across California will address pressing issues in agricultural pest management and provide innovative approaches for growers, pest control advisers, and other consultants.

Topics will include pollinator health and the effective use of pesticides in integrated pest management strategies, new findings in mating disruption and the use of adjuvants, pest responses to plant nutrient levels, and an update on Cal Poly’s Strawberry Sustainability Research and Education Center. New mobile technologies and regulations for integrated pest management and CropManage, an online support tool for growers to improve crop and field management, will also be discussed.

The first day of the conference will be held at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall. Steve Balling, director of agricultural and analytical services at Del Monte, will give the opening address, titled “Pest Management in Sustainability Frameworks: Challenges and Opportunities.”

The second day will be held on the Cal Poly campus and will feature a discussion of regulations and management strategies for water, nutrient, and pesticide management, plus a workshop on pollinator and bee pest identification with a focus on management practices for maintaining pollinator health.

Early-bird registration, available through Nov. 8, is $150 for Dec. 6 and $75 for Dec. 7 or $200 for both days. Fees include parking, meals and conference materials. Student rates are available.

The conference, offered through Cal Poly’s Extended Education, is open to the public.

Certified pest control advisers can earn 11.5 continuing education units (CEUs) from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and 10.5 CEUs are pending for certified crop advisers from the Certified Crop Adviser Program of the American Society of Agronomy.

For more information or to register, click here or call 805-756-5086 or email

October 2013 Ag Alert


Contact: Marc Lea, Agricultural Inspector/Biologist: 805.434.5950

On September 24, 2013 the Board of Supervisors directed our Department to do the following:

The San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner provide educational outreach to bait users, accomplishing the following:

  • Remind users to order bait early from either Kings or Monterey Counties helping suppliers meet demand and maintain available inventory.
  • Review of labels and management techniques to ensure baits are used properly and as a part of an integrated approach to achieve the best ground squirrel control.
  • Review of current regulations to ensure baits are used safely and legally.
  • Preparation for bait users to take Private Applicator Certification exam, which is now a regulatory requirement.
  • Administer the exam at time of the training session, as determined by demand.
  • Collaborate with UC Cooperative Extension and the Farm Supply Company to present Integrated Pest Management (IPM) ground squirrel management training to the non-agricultural production rural property owners to mitigate the impacts of ground squirrel populations on their property and prevent re-infestation on neighboring agricultural operations. (Non-agricultural production sites have very limited control options. Use of the CDFA labeled Diphacinone and Chlorophacinone baits is prohibited on these types of sites.)
  • Inform bait users about their ability to coordinate deliveries of 1,000 pounds or more from the Kings County Agricultural Commissioner to take advantage of lower cost or free shipping.

Up to 100 staff hours within the Department’s Pesticide Use Enforcement Program outreach will be redirected to provide vertebrate control information and training for rodenticide users. Outreach will commence in Spring, 2014.

Diphacinone and Chlorophacinone users will continue to purchase bait directly from the Kings and Monterey County Agricultural Commissioners. Availability is as follows:

Kings County Agricultural Commissioner:


559-582-3211 ext. 2830

Address: 680 North Campus Drive, Hanford

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner:



Address: 522 North 2ndStreet, King City

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm (closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm)