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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #10-069
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SACRAMENTO, November 12, 2010 The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch is announcing five vacancies on the eleven-member Seed Advisory Board.  Nine of the members must be registered to sell seed under provisions of the California Seed Law and represent the functions of seed production, conditioning, marketing, or utilization. Two of those members may be seed dealers that sell seed but are not labelers. The Seed Advisory Board also has two public member positions.

The Seed Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to seed law and regulations, enforcement, seed laboratory diagnostics and annual budgets required to accomplish the purposes of the California Seed Law.

The term of office for board members is three years. The members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.

The current vacant positions are for three labelers from the vegetable seed industry, one labeler from the field or grass seed industry, and one public member. The successful candidates will be appointed to serve a three year term that expires March 31, 2014.

Individuals interested in being considered for this board appointment should send a brief resume to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Pest Exclusion Branch, 1220 N Street, Room 344, Sacramento, California 95814, Attention: John Heaton by Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

For additional information, visit the Seed Services Program web page at:
Or contact: John Heaton, Senior Agricultural Biologist, Seed Services Program at (916) 651 2778, by fax, (916) 651-1207, or e-mail


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