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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #19-109
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STATE BOARD OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE TO HEAR UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA’S AGRICULTURAL FUTURE FROM UC AGRICULTURAL ISSUES CENTER AND PRESENTATION FROM U.S. FARMERS AND RANCHERS ALLIANCE

[The Board will also hear updates from CDFA’s CalCannabis and Farmer Equity program as well as an innovative approach to farm labor.]

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SACRAMENTO, October 30, 2019 - The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear a presentation from the UC Agricultural Issues Center on California’s Agricultural Future and have updates on CDFA’s CalCannabis and Farmer Equity programs at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  The Board will also hear from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

“As the nation’s largest agricultural producer and exporter, we need to understand the potential scenarios facing our agricultural sector over the next 20-30 years,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Working with the UC Agricultural Issues Center and others, we hope to provide context on our future agricultural landscape and the economic drivers that will help to shape the future of agriculture and what that means for our rural communities.”
 
Invited speakers include: Erin Fitzgerald, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance; Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center; Rupal Patel, California Harvesters; Richard Parrott, CDFA’s CalCannabis Program; and Thea Rittenhouse, CDFA’s Farmer Equity Advisor.

“The U.S. Farmer and Rancher Alliance has helped to articulate the voice of farmers across the nation,” said President Don Cameron, California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “As the organization looks to expand the message through collaboration and innovation on sustainability – California can be an important part of the discussion.”
 
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the governor and CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The Board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials; agricultural representatives; and citizens to discuss current issues and concerns to California agriculture.

All meetings are open to the public and attendance is welcome.

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