Public participation is encouraged
SACRAMENTO, August 15, 2011 –California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is holding farm bill listening sessions across the state to gather input from farmers, ranchers and the public regarding California’s priorities for the federal farm bill. The listening sessions will offer an opportunity for individuals and organizations to provide comments that will help determine California’s farm bill priorities.
“California needs to have a strong voice in the national food policy discussion,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “I strongly encourage everyone’s participation in this process.”
Covering such issues as research, conservation, nutrition, commodities and rural development – the farm bill is omnibus multi-year legislation for major food and farm programs. The legislation funds critical programs such as nutrition assistance (food stamps), technical assistance for farmers and ranchers, research, invasive species prevention and management, and initiatives that support food production and environmental conservation. The current farm bill, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 will expire in 2012, necessitating action by Congress.
California Farm Bill listening session schedule:
August 22, 2011 – Sacramento, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
August 29, 2011 – Fresno, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
September 7, 2011 – San Diego, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
September 8, 2011 – Salinas, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
If you wish to submit comments or position papers regarding a California perspective on the farm bill please email firstname.lastname@example.org Comments may also be submitted to: California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814