Full List of Boards & Commissions

California Animal Health Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) Board of Directors

Advises the University of California, Davis and CDFA on all aspects of CAHFS operations.

Members 12
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) CAHFS Lab in Davis
Zoom
Meeting Notices CAHFS Website
E-mail
Board Contact Sharon Hein
slhein@ucdavis.edu
530-752-8709

Cattle Health Advisory Task Force

Consults wilt the Secretary of CDFA on the control and management of cattle health diseases. Evaluating the effectiveness of programs established pursuant to FAC § 10610 Chapter 4 (Cattle Disease Control).

Members 14
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Board Contact Anita Edmondson
Anita.edmondson@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5038

Equine Health Advisory Committee Taskforce

Advises the Secretary of CDFA and State Veterinarian on policy and regulatory actions related to equine health, but also serves as a conduit to rapidly disseminate disease related issues to the equine industry.

Members 15
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Board Contact Emily Nietrzeba
Emily.nietrzeba@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5111

Equine Medical Monitoring Program (EMMP) Advisory Committee

Addresses the Secretary of CDFA of the concerns with the program, budgetary matters, and equine industry.

Members 25
Committee Members
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Zoom
Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Meeting Notices EMMP Website
E-mail
CDFA Public Website
Board Contact Emily Nietrzeba
Emily.nietrzeba@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5111
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/EMMP

Livestock Identification Advisory Board

Advises the Secretary of CDFA on Bureau activities, enforcement, and budgetary matters.

Members There is in the department the Livestock Identification Advisory Board, which consists of seven members. The director may appoint one additional member on the board, as provided in Section 20463.
(a) Two shall be beef cattle producers.
(b) Two shall be dairymen.
(c) One shall be engaged in the livestock marketing business.
(d) Two shall be operators of registered feedlots.
The director may appoint one additional member on the board, who shall be a public member.
Length of Term 4 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Zoom
Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Meeting Notices Website
E-Mail/Contact Major Industry Groups
Publish via Public Affairs
Board Contact Brenda Williams
Brenda.Williams@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5006
or
John Suther
John.Suther@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5006

Milk Inspection Advisory Committee

Advises the Department on the administration of all provisions in Chapter 4 (Inspection Services) of Division 15 of the California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) regarding inspection of dairy farms and milk products plants.

Members Seven members. Three representing milk products plants, two representing producers, one representing county Approved Milk Inspection Services and one public member. Except for those representing Approved Milk Inspection Services and the public, members shall be persons licensed or permitted under the authority of Division 15 of the FAC. The public member shall be a citizen and resident of California who is not subject to the licensing requirements of Division 15 of the FAC, and who has no financial interest in any person so licensed. Each committee member shall have one vote. (3CCR§588)
Length of Term 3-year Terms with Maximum of Two Consecutive Terms
Meetings per Year 1 per Year or As Needed
Meeting Location(s) Sacramento or Conference Call
Meeting Notices CDFA website
Mailings and/or electronic messaging to major dairy industry organizations
Public notice may also include CDFA press release
Board Contact Dr. Stephen Beam
Branch Chief
stephen.beam@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5008

Rendering Industry Advisory Board

Advises the Secretary of CDFA on licensing matters, regulations, procedures for employment, training, compensation of personnel, licensing fees, penalties, and budgetary matters.

Members 7 Total Members
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Sacramento
Meeting Notices CDFA website
E-mail to Board Members
Rendering Industry E-Mail Mailing List
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/MPES/Rendering/RIAB.html
Board Contact Laura Barlow
MPES Program Manager
laura.barlow@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5086

Shell Egg Advisory Committee

Advises the Secretary of CDFA on program activities, enforcement, budgetary matters, adjustment of fees, and all matters pertaining to standards for shell egg.

Members 10 Total Members
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 4 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Sacramento
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail to Board Members
ESQM E-Mail List
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/MPES/esqm.html
Board Contact Laura Barlow
MPES Program Manager
laura.barlow@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5086

Feed Inspection Advisory Board

The Feed Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) was created under the authority of the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) exclusively to represent and further the interest of the commercial feed industry as intended to serve the public interest. The Board shall be advisory to the Secretary and may make recommendations on all matters pertaining to FAC Div. 7, Ch. 6, including, but not limited to, the inspection and enforcement program, annual budget, necessary fees to provide adequate inspection services, and regulations required to accomplish the purposes of the chapter. The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the CDFA Feed Program and allocates responsibility of day-to-day operations to the Program staff. The Board may give advice and make recommendations concerning topics such as assessment fees, enforcement and legal services, the annual budget, and the adoption of new or amended feed laws and regulations, among others.

Members 9 Total Members
(8 Feed Licensed Members; 1 Public Member)
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 2 or 3 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Teleconference Webinar (Zoom)
Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
County Farm Bureau
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/Feed_FIAB.html
Board Contact Brittnie Williams
Brittnie.Williams@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5215

Feed Inspection Advisory Board Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The Feed Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) established the Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC) to advise the FIAB on animal food nutrition, safety, and efficacy data review of new and unapproved feed ingredients, research project oversight, and other issues that will affect the Commercial Feed Regulatory Program, Livestock Drug Program, and Safe Animal Feed Education (SAFE) Program. Members must demonstrate technical, applied, and scientific expertise in the fields of toxicology, pathology, and ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition, as well as possess general knowledge of the California feed industry.

Members Varies based on the needs of the board and the number of qualified people available to serve
Length of Term Unlimited term, members serve at the will of the Board
Meetings per Year Varies
Meeting Location(s) Teleconference
Webinar (Zoom)
Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Board Contact Cathryn McCandless
Cathryn.McCandless@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5222

Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board

The Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (Board) was created under the authority of the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to promote the distribution of effective and safe fertilizing materials essential for the production of food and fiber and to ensure that consumers receive fertilizing materials that are safe and effective, and that meet the quality guaranteed by the manufacturer. The Board shall be advisory to the Secretary and may make recommendations on all matters pertaining to FAC Div. 7, Ch. 5, including, but not limited to, the inspection and enforcement program, annual budget, necessary fees to provide adequate inspection services, and regulations required to accomplish the purposes of the chapter. The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the CDFA Fertilizing materials Inspection Program and allocates responsibility of day-to-day operations to the Program staff. The Board may give advice and make recommendations concerning topics such as assessment fees, enforcement and legal services, the annual budget, and the adoption of new or amended feed laws and regulations, among others.

Members 9 Total Members
(8 Fertilizer Licensed Members; 1 Public Member)
Legislation
Length of Term 3 years
Meetings per Year 2 or 3 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Teleconference
Webinar (Zoom)
Sacramento (2800 Gateway Oaks)
Fresno
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/Feed_FIAB.html
Board Contact Brittnie Williams
Brittnie.Williams@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5215

Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) is a statutory body that is advisory to the CDFA secretary on matters pertaining to fertilizer issues, including FREP activities. The FIAB established the Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC) to advise the FIAB on matters related to the funding of FREP projects. The TASC serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning plant nutrition and on environmental effects related to fertilizing materials use. TASC assists in setting research priorities, reviews research proposals, and makes recommendations on projects for funding.

Members At least 9 Total Members to represent major segments of the fertilizer industry, certified crop advisors, technical experts, farming community, public, and governmental agencies. One member shall be appointed from the Fertilizer Board
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 3 or 4 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Webinar (Zoom)
Sacramento
Central Coast
Other locations throughout the state
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/FREP_Fact_Sheets.html
Board Contact Jennifer Harmon
jennifer.harmon@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5378

California Fruit Tree, Nut Tree, And Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board (IAB)

"The California Fruit Tree, Nut Tree, and Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board (IAB) was established in 1988 to promote production of high quality tree and grapevine nursery stock.

The Mission of the IAB is to enable production of the highest possible quality grapevine and deciduous fruit and ornamental nursery stock and to help develop and promote consumer education."

Members Outlined in FAC 6981-6988 (a):
(1) Two licensed producers of stone fruit (including almonds) nursery stock.
(2) Two licensed producers of nut (other than almond) nursery stock.
(3) Four licensed producers of grape nursery stock.
(4) One licensed producer of pome fruit nursery stock
(5) One licensed producer of olive nursery stock.
(6) One public representative.
Length of Term Terms are two years. A member may serve up to three consecutive terms. The secretary shall reappoint no more than eight of the then-current members of the board within a two-year period.
Meetings per Year At least twice per year. Generally, the IAB meets three times per year.
Meeting Location(s)
In Person:
Trinchero Family Estate Building, Peter Christensen Conference Room
Foundation Plant Services
501 Hopkin Road, UC, Davis CA 95616
Online:
Zoom/Webinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/nsc/iab/
Board Contact Nursery Services
nurseryservices@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 654-0435

Seed Advisory Board

The Seed Advisory Board is advisory to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, and makes recommendations on all matters pertaining to California Seed Law and seed inspection regulations, the enforcement program, and the program's budget (including the State Seed Laboratory).

Members FAC 52291-52298:
Nine members registered to sell seed and represent the functions of seed production, conditioning, marketing, or utilization:
At least seven members must be seed labelers; two may be seed dealers. The board also has two public members.
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year At least once per year. Generally, the SAB meets twice per year.
Meeting Location(s) 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento
Go to Webinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/nsc/seed/
Board Contact Seed Services
seedservices@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 654-0435

Nursery Advisory Board

The Nursery Advisory Board (NAB) shall be advisory to the secretary and may make recommendations on all matters pertaining to the portions of this code relating to nurseries and nursery stock.

The mission of the NAB is to grow and maintain a strong relationship between CDFA and the nursery industry in order to secure the industry's future.

Members FAC 6990-6995:
12 voting members representing persons licensed to sell nursery stock.
Length of Term Four years
No more than approximately one-half of the terms for individual seats on the advisory board shall expire in a given year.
Meetings per Year Generally at least 2 per year
Meeting Location(s) 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive
Sacramento and Go to Webinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/nsc/nursery/
Board Contact Nursery Services
nurseryservices@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 654-0435

Industrial Hemp Advisory Board

The Board advises CDFA and makes recommendations on matters including, but not limited to, industrial hemp law and regulations, enforcement, annual budgets, and the setting of an assessment rate.

Members Outlined in FAC 81001 - 13 members:
(1) Five registered growers of industrial hemp.
(2) Two members of an established agricultural research institution.
(3) One representative of the California State Sheriffs’ Association.
(4) One county agricultural commissioner.
(5) One representative of the Hemp Industries Association or its successor industry association.
(6) Two representatives of businesses that sell industrial hemp products.
(7) One member of the public.
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year At least once per year. The IHAB recently voted to meet quarterly.
Meeting Location(s) 1220 N Street, Sacramento
GoToWebinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/industrialhemp/
Board Contact California Industrial Hemp Program
industrialhemp@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 654-0435

Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board (PD/GWSS Board)

The Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Board is composed of 14 representatives from the winegrape industry and one public member. It provides recommendations to the Secretary on the use of funds collected under the PD/GWSS winegrape assessment. The focus of Board funds is on research to find solutions to Pierce’s disease but under certain conditions the Board is also able to fund research and outreach on other designated pests and diseases of winegrapes. The Board has designated the following additional pests and diseases: brown marmorated stink bug, European grapevine moth, grapevine fanleaf disease, grapevine leafroll disease, grapevine red blotch disease, mealybug pests of winegrapes, and spotted lanternfly.

Members FAC Section 6047.3 states the following about PD/GWSS Board members: 1) 8 winegrape producers who are not processors, 2) 6 winegrape growers who are processors and 3) 1 public member. The Secretary shall appoint members from recommendations received from the industry.
Length of Term Unlimited
Meetings per Year 4 - 5 Per Year
Meeting Location(s) In person meeting location:
Pierce’s Disease Control Program Headquarters Office - 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento CA 95833

Online Option:
Zoom
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/pdcp/PD_GWSS_Board.html
Board Contact Christopher Bock
Department of Food and Agriculture
Pierce's Disease Control Program
christopher.bock@cdfa.ca.gov
916-900-5326

California Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The CISAC was created by the Invasive Species Council of California to advise the Council and develop recommentdations. The CISAC provides its advice based upon input from and cooperation with other stakeholders and existing organizations addressing invasive species issues.

Members 19 members - 4 from CDFA; 4 from Resources Agency; 1 from EPA; 1 from Cal STA; 1 from HHS; 1 from OES; 1 from CACASA; and final 6 are open.
Length of Term 2 - 3 year terms
Meetings per Year 1 - 4 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Both online and in person, when appropriate.
Website www.iscc.ca.gov
Board Contact David Pegos
david.pegos@cdfa.ca.gov
916-708-3031

Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee

VPCRAC research projects investigate effective and economical alternative materials for the control of vertebrate pests. To solicit and consider research proposals for alternative humane methods of control, and continue the state's current vertebrate pest control product registrations until such time as effective alternative products are available. This research is for the development of scientific data required to maintain CDFA's rodenticide registrations. VPCRAC cooperates with the US Department of Agriculture in funding research programs to maintain, develop, and register vertebrate pest control materials used in California.

Members 11 members: 1 CDFA, 1 Ag Commissioner, 1 University California, 1 California State University, 1 State Dept. of Human Health, 1 from the general public and 5 members from agricultural industries representing affected commodities.
Length of Term Not specified. Failure to attend 3 consecutive meetings is grounds for the Committee to recomend dismissing the memeber.
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Typically in-person prior to COVID. There have been several emergency meetings for approval of issues if there was not a quarum or additional information was requested and delayed.
Website vpcrac.org
Board Contact David Kratville
Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist, Board Secretary
david.kratville@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 201-2588

California Cotton Pest Control Board

Directs the Pink Bollworm (PBW) Program in monitoring and controlling the pink bollworm in accordance with the USDA Area Wide PBW Eradication Program. Utilizes IPM strategies including, area wide trap monitoring, pheromone rope mating disruption, sterile insect technique areial release, Bt cotton, cotton plow down restrictions, etc.

Members 10 Members: 1 Public Member, 9 Cotton Industry Members (2 Fresno Co, 2 Merced Co, 1 Riverside Co, 1 Kern Co, 2 Kings Co, 1 Tulare Co)
Length of Term Unlimited
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) In person meeting location:
CDFA Fresno Office Conference Room 2895 N Larkin Ave, Suite A, Fresno, CA 93727

Online option:
GoToWebinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ipc/pinkbollworm/pbw_hp.htm
Board Contact Lauren Murphy
Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, Board Secretary
lauren.murphy@cdfa.ca.gov
(559) 907-4460

Beet Curly Top Virus Control Board

Directs the Beet Curly Top Virus Control (BCTVC) Program in monitoring and controlling the spread of Beet Curly Top Virus which infects several ground crops including tomatoes, peppers, melons, beans, cucumbers, squash, and others by its only known vector, the beet leafhopper.

Members 10 Members: 1 Public Member, 9 Industry Members ( 1 from District 1, 5 from District 2, 1 from District 3, and 2 from District 4)
Length of Term Unlimited
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) In person meeting location:
CDFA Fresno Office Conference Room 2895 N Larkin Ave, Suite A, Fresno, CA 93727

Online option:
GoToWebinar
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ipc/curlytopvirus/ctv_hp.htm
Board Contact Lauren Murphy
Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, Board Secretary
lauren.murphy@cdfa.ca.gov
(559) 907-4460

Apiary Board

The Apiary Board is an advisory board to CDFA on all matters related to the beekeeping industry. The Apiary Board may make recommendations on all matters affecting the activities of the Department in relation to the beekeeping industry, including an annual review of the Department's apiary program.

Members 5 members who must be beekeepers.
Legislation
Length of Term 4 Years
Meetings per Year Typically 2 meetings a year
Meeting Location(s) Typically in-person prior to COVID. These ones were either at CDFA buildings or at the California State Beekeepers' Association Annual Convention. Recently, the meetings have been virtual.
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pollinators/apiaryboard.html
Board Contact Patricia Bohls
Environmental Scientist, Board Secretary
patricia.bohls@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 330-5337

Standardization Advisory Committee

Advise the Secretary of CDFA on all matters pertaining to the implementation and enforcement of Standardization.

Members Legislation
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Statewide
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/standardization.html
Board Contact Stacey Hughes
Standardization Program
shughes@cdfa.ca.gov
(559) 977-5416
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

California Organic Products Advisory Committee

Advise the Secretary of CDFA on all matters relating to the California Organic Foods Act of 1990 (AB2012 – Chapter 1262).

Members 15 Members
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Statewide
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/organicprogram/copac.html
Board Contact Danny Lee
State Organic Program
danny.lee@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5194
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

Shipping Point Inspection Advisory Committee

To confer with administrators and staff of the Shipping Point Inspection Program relative to the conduct of this program and make recommendations to the Secretary of CDFA concerning the inspection and certification services rendered, including the annual budget and fees necessary to provide these services.

Members 9 Members
Legislation
Length of Term 3 Years
Meetings per Year 1 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Statewide
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/spiadvisory.html
Board Contact Kevin Batchelor
Shipping Point Inspection
kbatchelor@cdfa.ca.gov
(559) 707-9522
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

Certified Farmers' Market Advisory Committee

Advise the Secretary on all matters pertaining to the direct marketing of agricultural products at Certified Farmers’ Markets, with the primary goal of ensuring the integrity of Certified Farmers’ Markets.

Members 14 Members
Legislation
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Statewide
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/cfm.html
Board Contact Maria Tenorio Alfred
Direct Marketing Program
maria.tenorio@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5258
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

Avocado Inspection Advisory Committee

Advise the Secretary of CDFA on all matters pertaining to avocado inspection and certification services.

Members 6 Members
Legislation
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 2 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Statewide
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/avocado.html
Board Contact Sam Santander
Avocado Program
samuel.santander@cdfa.ca.gov
(760) 743-4712
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

California Citrus Advisory Committee

Oversees the implementation of the inspection program and crop and acreage survey work preformed through the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The Committee also makes recommendations to the Secretary of CDFA on matters pertaining to their industry.

Members Legislation
Length of Term 2 Years
Meetings per Year 3 per Year
Meeting Location(s) Central Valley
Meeting Notices CDFA Website
E-mail
Physical mail
Website www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/citrus.html
Board Contact Karrie Batchelor
Citrus Program
karrie.batchelor@cdfa.ca.gov
(559) 972-1042
or
Mitchell King
Inspection and Compliance Branch
mitchell.king@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 900-5210

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