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Farmworker housing in this area will be discussed by guest speakers Wednesday morning at the Builder Breakfast sponsored by the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast.

Although reservations and prepayment are required and the event usually sells out, tickets still were available Monday for the breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Cannon Corp., 1050 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo.

Farmworkers needed to harvest local crops must be housed by the growers if they are in this country temporarily under the federal H-2A guestworker program, and meeting the requirements has become a problem for local farms and an issue for local communities.

Speakers scheduled to address the issue are San Luis Obispo County 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton and Carlos Castaneda of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau.

Compton’s district encompasses a considerable amount of agricultural land within south SLO County, where one agricultural operation’s housing project was halted after an arson fire destroyed one of the new houses.

She will share her insights about the challenges of providing farmworker housing from a policy-making perspective, an association spokesman said.

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Castaneda will relate what the agricultural community has to say about housing farmworkers — what’s working, what’s not and what direction the industry sees the issue is going, the spokesman said.

The breakfast also will include a New Member Spotlight on Oakridge Landscape, a supportive member of the association. Representatives will explain what the company does.

The Builder Breakfast is open to the public. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. To register for the breakfast, visit http://hbacc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx and click on “Builder Breakfast” under Coming Events.

For more information, contact Jeff Eckles at 546-0418 or jeckles@hbacc.org.

This report was compiled by Associate Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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