SACRAMENTO - California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. has announced that the next meeting for the California State Board of Food and Agriculture is scheduled for December 16, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Monaco Room of the Marriott Hotel in Coronado, California. The topics before the board include research on Pierceís disease and the glassy-winged sharpshooter, and California border issues.
The State Board of Food and Agriculture advises Governor Davis and Secretary Lyons on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The board hosts forums that bring 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 State 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