Public listening sessions to be held statewide – developing priorities for agricultural policy
SACRAMENTO – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today launched a series of listening sessions that will provide a forum for the agriculture industry and public to provide input into California’s strategic agricultural vision planning. This vision will be used to guide public policy and investment priorities at the state and national level for the next 20 years. This important planning will affect everyone who produces, ships, processes, markets, eats, drinks or uses California agricultural products.
“California has always been the land of innovation and opportunity – now is the time to be innovative and bring many different voices and views together to create a mutual understanding of food, fiber and fuel policy and how it can be beneficial to all,” said A.G. Kawamura, Secretary, CDFA.
Public input is essential for the agricultural vision to fully represent California. This includes perspectives from farmers, ranchers and processors as well as nutrition, conservation and rural development groups. The state board and CDFA are hosting statewide listening sessions to capture the public voice at the following locations:
Sacramento Listening Session
San Luis Obispo Listening Session
Tulare Listening Session
Oxnard Listening Session
Escondido Listening Session
The California Agricultural Vision will consist of strategic goals that the agricultural industry wants to achieve by the year 2030. More information about the California Agricultural Vision process and session venues can be found at www.cdfa.ca.gov/agvision.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814