News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contacts:
Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462
CALIFORNIA’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE INVITED TO PROVIDE PUBLIC INPUT ON AN AGRICULTURAL VISION – DEVELOPING FUTURE PRIORITIES FOR THE INDUSTRY
CDFA
Release #08-045
Additional Evening Session added in Oxnard
SACRAMENTO – California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary A.G. Kawamura and the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will continue their trip throughout the state hosting public listening sessions on a California Agricultural Vision.  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. Upcoming sessions include visits to San Luis Obispo (July 1) and Tulare (July 2). An additional evening session has been added in Oxnard on July 7.

“I encourage all segments of California’s agricultural industry to participate in these public listening sessions,” said Secretary A. G. Kawamura. “With all the challenges our industry faces – this opportunity to create and implement a blueprint for agriculture over the next 20 years is unprecedented.”

“The Ag Vision will give California agriculture the opportunity to design its future through 2030 - this will not be a document to gather dust, but an action plan to secure the viability of this industry for today and years to come,” said Al Montna, President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

Public input provided at the listening sessions will assist in the development of a California Agricultural Vision – a set of public policy and investment priorities for the agricultural industry.

California Agricultural Vision Listening Session schedule:

San Luis Obispo Listening Session 
Tuesday, July 1 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
651 Tank Farm Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tulare Listening Session
Wednesday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center
4500 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274

Oxnard Listening Session
Monday, July 7 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
800 Hobson Way, Thousand Oaks Room
Oxnard, CA 93030

Oxnard Listening Session (Evening) – Simultaneous Spanish Translation Available
Monday, July 7 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
City of Oxnard HR Activity Room
300 West 3rd Street, First Floor – “B” Street Entrance
Oxnard, CA 93030

Escondido Listening Session
Tuesday, July 8 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
San Diego County Farm Bureau
1670 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027


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.

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