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Environmental Farming Act
Science Advisory Panel (EFA SAP)

In August 2011, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross recently announced appointments to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel. The panel is charged with reviewing and documenting agriculture's positive impacts to the environment and will examine issues such as ecosystem services and how they relate to agriculture. The panel has produced a two-year report on initiatives and work completed to date.

CDFA's liaison to the panel is Dr. Amrith Gunasekara (

More information on the panel, its members, and meeting information can be found by following these links:


Previous members:

  • Dr. Ann Thrupp
  • Dr. Louise E. Jackson
  • Daniel Mountjoy
  • Brian Leahy