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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contact: Steve Lyle, Office of Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
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Farm Bill Forum, State Fair opening, ethanol plant ribbon cutting

SACRAMENTO – CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura will join USDA Secretary Mike Johanns for three scheduled appearances in California on Friday, August 12.

The first event will be the opening ceremonies for the California State Fair in Sacramento. Secretaries Johanns and Kawamura will appear at 9:30 a.m. at Cal Expo’s main gate. Following that, Secretary Kawamura will join Secretary Johanns at the Farm Bill Forum at the Fresno County Fairgrounds. The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The day will conclude with the secretaries appearing together at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Phoenix Bio Industries ethanol plant, 31120 Nutmeg Rd. Goshen, CA. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.

“Secretary Johanns’ visit is a great opportunity for California,” said Secretary Kawamura. “This is his first trip here as secretary, and I hope that we can demonstrate to him the breadth and depth of California agriculture. There are more than 350 commodities produced here, and our output is unmatched across the country. As Governor Schwarzenegger likes to say, California is a land of golden opportunity, and agriculture shares in that story with top-quality food, fiber, shelter and horticulture that serves the world.”      


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