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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #11-066
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SACRAMENTO, December 1, 2011 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch is announcing three vacancies on the Seed Advisory Board.  The board consists of seven members who are seed labelers, and two members that may be seed dealers. These nine members are registered to sell seed under provisions of the California Seed Law and represent the functions of seed production, conditioning, marketing, or utilization. The board also has two public members. 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 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 current vacant positions are for one qualified seed labeler from the field seed industry in the Northern California area, one qualified vegetable seed labeler in the central/coastal region and one public member. The successful candidates will be appointed to serve a three year term that expires March 31, 2015.

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 Monday, Dec 31, 2011.

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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