News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contact:
Steve Lyle, Office of Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,
Release #01-016
Sacramento—The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and NFACT will hold a facilitated forum on the 2002 Farm Bill on Tuesday, February 20, in Sacramento, at CDFA headquarters, 1220 N St. Congress uses the Farm Bill as a guide for directing federal agricultural policy. Tuesday’s meeting will be the final one in a series of 10 throughout California.

The forum will provide California’s farmers, ranchers and the public an opportunity to provide input into the development of this important document. Representatives of the California Farm Bureau Federation, United Farm Workers of America, California Certified Organic Farmers, California Women for Agriculture, California School Food Service Association and Ducks Unlimited are among the distinguished group scheduled to participate.

NFACT is a coalition of the New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, California and Texas Departments of Agriculture. The group was formed in 1999 to bring due attention to specialty crop and livestock issues.

Priority issues to be discussed will include animal and plant health, conservation, international and domestic marketing, and research and risk management. There will also be an opportunity for public comment on any other issue impacted by the Farm Bill. These comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person, with sign-up the day of the forum.

The forum is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. For more information regarding NFACT, visit CDFA’s website at

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California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814