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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #13-034
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Workshops to be held in Sacramento, Sonoma, Merced, San Luis Obispo, and Orange Counties

SACRAMENTO, October 24, 2013 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture will be conducting workshops and one webinar on the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process. All prospective applicants are encouraged to participate. The purpose of the SCBGP is to solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).


Sacramento County                   Sonoma County
University of Phoenix                 Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive            133 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95833                Santa Rosa, CA 95403
November 6, 2013                      November 7, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Merced County                        San Luis Obispo County
Merced Farm Bureau                UC Cooperative Extension,
646 South Highway 59               San Luis Obispo County
Merced, CA 95340                    2156 Sierra Way, Suite C
November 12, 2013                   San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                 November 14, 2013
                                             1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Orange County
 UC South Coast Research and Extension Center
 7601 Irvine Boulevard
 Irvine, CA 92618
 November 19, 2013
 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
 November 15, 2013
 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Webinar information will be provided upon registration.

There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinar. Space is limited at each workshop location. Individuals planning to attend should email with their contact information, number of seats required and workshop location. Upon confirmation of registration further details will be provided.

Funding for the 2014 SCBGP is contingent upon passage of a Farm Bill and availability of funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA, AMS).



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