News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contacts:
Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462
CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE DAY AT THE CAPITOL
CDFA
Release #10-016
Golden State’s Farmers, Ranchers Showcase “Healthy Choices for a Healthy California”
WHAT:  On Tuesday, March 23, California Agriculture Day will paint a picture of California in an array of colors — from a mini certified farmers’ market to two visiting California Rodeo queens, Mobile Dairy Classroom presentations, an arrangement of farm animals, and visiting Tulare and Kings County Junior Fair Board volunteers to assist with the event.  Together, they will emphasize the bounty of agricultural products and the many healthy food choices that California offers to its citizens.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture partners with California Women for Agriculture and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom to host this annual “Ag Day” event, reminding Californians about the many “good for your health” food selections that our California farmers and ranchers grow every day.  It is particularly essential for our future generations of California to see how agricultural products can offer “Healthy Choices for a Healthy California,” the theme of Ag Day 2010.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 23, 2010
 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ~ Legislators and staff tour booths
 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  ~ Open to the public

WHO:   CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura
 California Women for Agriculture President Celeste Settrini
 California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Exec. Director Judy Culbertson
 California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger
 Miss Rodeo California Markie Battaglia
 Miss Rodeo Salinas Brittany Slaton

WHERE:  California State Capitol Building, west steps

WHY:  The Ag Day event is an annual festivity designed to recognize California’s agricultural community by showcasing the numerous commodities that are produced in our state.  It is also a day for the agricultural community to show its appreciation of Californians by bringing together state legislators, government leaders and the public for a half day of agricultural education and healthy treats.

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