News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contact:
Steve Lyle, Office of Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,
Release #01-090
SACRAMENTO-Agricultural producers from throughout the San Joaquin Valley are urged to attend a listening session tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The topic of the meeting will be a $64 million federal block grant. CDFA is seeking input on the best uses for the money.

At the listening session, CDFA and county agricultural commissioners will briefly describe the scope of the program and then solicit comments from members of the audience. All ideas that assist the bottom line of specialty crop producers will be considered.

Comments on the block grant program will also be accepted in writing through November 1, 2001. Please submit comments to CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, 1220 N Street, Suite 428, Sacramento, CA 95814. For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (916) 654-0462.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Listening Session Schedule
(remaining dates)
October 23, 2001 9 a.m. Stockton San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton
October 25, 2001 9 a.m. Salinas Richard Nutter Agricultural Center, Salinas
October 29, 2001 9 a.m. El Centro Mid-Winter Fiesta Fairgrounds, El Centro
October 31, 2001 9 a.m. Sacramento CDFA Auditorium, 1220 N Street, Sacramento

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