SACRAMENTO-California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. has announced that the next meeting for the California State Board of Food and Agriculture is scheduled for June 26, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. at the CDFA auditorium, 1220 N Street, Room 127, Sacramento. The topics before the board include a briefing on the outlook of agriculture and food safety from a department's advisor, a professor at Cornell University, and a representative of the California Department of Health Services.
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 boardís 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 general public. For more information on the board or CDFA, please contact the departmentís public affairs office at (916) 654-0462, or Karen Manor, Executive Director of the State Board of Food and Agriculture at (916) 654-0433.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814