Articles Tagged With ‘Agriculture’




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Company plans to house up to 600 farm workers near Santa Maria

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Just weeks after an arsonist burned down a home being built to house farm workers in Nipomo, a Santa Maria company is proposing building 30 houses to accommodate up to 600 farm workers. Unlike the Nipomo project, plans call for... (Continue reading)

Arson confirmed in Nipomo farm worker housing fire

Nipomo Fire

An arsonist set the fire that destroyed a home being built to house farm workers in Nipomo, according to a press release from cal Fire. On April 6 shortly before midnight, Cal Fire received a report of a fire on... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly students again angered by plan to develop farmland

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For the second time in the span of a year, Cal Poly agriculture students are protesting a university plan to develop farmland. The new proposal targets land where cattle graze, and it has angered dairy science students. Last June, a... (Continue reading)

Strawberry production down, farmers take a hit

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By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra 2 the Sea During the past year, acreage dedicated to strawberries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is down 25 percent. Acreage dropped from 8,305 in 2015 to 7,100 acres in the... (Continue reading)

6 arrested in equipment theft investigation

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Following a five-month joint investigation, sheriff deputies from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties arrested six people suspected of participating in an agriculture and construction equipment theft ring. Deputies investigated more than twenty different cases involving several farming and... (Continue reading)

Huasna roadside stand thief found in Bay Area

Robert Troy Yockey

A Templeton man suspected of stealing money and produce from roadside stands in Huasna Valley was located in the Bay Area. Police in South San Francisco arrested the suspect on Tuesday. [KCOY] The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Rural Crimes... (Continue reading)

Did the arsonist win?

Nipomo Fire

The alleged late night torching of a home slated to house migrant workers has prompted a Nipomo strawberry grower to announced he no longer plans to house his farm workers in a residential neighborhood. The home was one of seven... (Continue reading)

Thief targeting roadside stands on Huasna Road

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who has been stealing money at night from roadside produce stands. The suspect has been targeting stands on Huasna Road in rural Arroyo Grande. Investigators are circulating a... (Continue reading)

First threats, then fire burns migrant housing in Nipomo

Nipomo Fire

Following several reported threats, an arsonist likely set a fire Wednesday night that burned a home under construction in Nipomo. The home was one of seven houses being built to shelter 112 or more foreign nationals who would come from... (Continue reading)

Nipomo neighbors in uproar over migrant housing

Strawberry pickers

By KAREN VELIE A large strawberry grower in South County is seeking to move 112 or more foreign nationals into seven homes on Mad Place in Nipomo. A plan some neighbors are rallying against. Under the federal H-2A program, employers... (Continue reading)



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