News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contact:
Steve Lyle, Office of Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462, slyle@cdfa.ca.gov
FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE TOPS STATE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BOARD AGENDA
CDFA
Release #01-024
State Veterinarian to Brief Board
SACRAMENTO-William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr., Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces the next meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will be held on March 28, 2001 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The location for the March meeting will be at the California Department of Food and Agriculture Auditorium, Room 127, 1220 “N” Street, Sacramento. The meeting’s focus will be on the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Europe, and other animal diseases of concern to California’s livestock industry. Speaking will be State Veterinarian and CDFA Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Richard E. Breitmeyer, DVM, MPVM.

The State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the Governor and the Secretary of Food and Agriculture on agricultural issues and consumer needs. In the past, the Board has hosted forums that brought together local, state, and federal government officials, agricultural representatives and citizens to discuss current issues of concern to California agriculture. The Board’s fifteen members are appointed by the Governor, and are selected to represent a broad range of agricultural commodities, geographical regions, and both the University of California, and the California State University academic systems. Members serve four-year terms without pay. There are no term limits and appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

All State Board of Food and Agriculture meetings are open to the media and the public. For more information about the State Board, please contact CDFA’s Office of Public Affairs at 916/654-0462 or Vanessa S. Arellano, Executive Director of the State Board of Food and Agriculture at 916/653-7643 or visit www.cdfa.ca.gov/programs.



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