BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee


Upcoming BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee Meetings

Public quarterly meeting of the BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee
May 15, 2024 (Wednesday), 10:00am-1:00pm

IN PERSON Meeting Location:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Division- Fresno Office
2895 N. Larkin Avenue- Suite A, Fresno, CA 93727

Zoom Webinar:
Passcode: BIPOC2024!

Join by phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 444 9171 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
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  1. Donald Sherman - Former Ad-hoc member, Central Valley
  2. Dennis Hutson - Former Ad-hoc member, Central Valley, Hollister
  3. Javier Cruz - Former Ad-hoc member, Central Coast
  4. Emily Burgueno - Tribal Member, Ag Producer, San Diego County
  5. Arshdeep Singh - Punjabi American Growers Association, Central Valley
  6. Kenneth Sparks II - Urban agriculture producer, Los Angeles
  7. Hung Kim Doan - UC Small Farm Advisor, Riverside County
  8. Tania Zuniga Moreno - Kitchen Table Advisors, Central Coast
  9. Qi Zhou - California Association of Resource Conservation Districts- Equity Lead, Sacramento Valley
  10. Minkah Taharkah - California Farmer Justice Collaborative, Central Valley
  11. Lena Ortega - Intertribal Ag Council West Coast Technical Assistance Lead, Southern California
  12. Mireya Gomez Contreras - Esperanza Community Farms, Central Coast


The California Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Producer Advisory Committee shall advise the Secretary on matters pertaining to the implementation of the Farmer Equity Act, and recommendations contained within the Farmer Equity Report, including but not limited to all efforts to ensure socially disadvantaged producers and ranchers are better served through CDFA's programs, policies, and communications.


Responsibilities and Terms

The BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee shall meet on a quarterly basis, four times per calendar year.

Members should plan to attend each of the quarterly meetings which could be held in person or virtually. At least one of the quarterly meetings will be a joint meeting with the Small-Scale Producer Advisory Committee and/or the CDFA State board.

Length of Term: 4 years

Meeting Frequency: Quarterly (In Person or Virtual Meeting)

Meeting Structure/ Bagley Keene Considerations

Meetings will be public in accordance with the Bagley Keene Act for Open Meetings.

Meetings will be held virtually in order to accommodate the needs and schedules of producers, especially during the summer months.

Agenda and meeting materials will be posted 10 days before the date of the meeting, in English and Spanish. Meeting notes will be posted within 7 days after the meeting, also in English and Spanish.

Translation of written materials will be provided to accommodate for members who do not speak English. This will ensure that committee members can participate fully. CDFA will work individually with committee members to understand and accommodate language needs.

Applications to the BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee are currently CLOSED.

For future open positions to the BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee and all other CDFA's Boards and Commissions, please subscribe to receive press releases and notifications from CDFA's Public Affairs Office.

Board Contact: Thea Rittenhouse

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