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Meeting will include an overview of USDA Disaster Assistance Programs
SACRAMENTO, March 30, 2023 – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss current flooding impacts to local communities and available USDA disaster assistance programs at its upcoming meeting on April 4th.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA, 95814.
The meeting is also available via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84015196235
Webinar ID: 840 1519 6235
(Phone Access Passcode: 4815231070)
(Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available via the Zoom application)
“Recent regional flooding has significantly impacted local communities as well as California’s farmers, ranchers and farmworkers,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Federal and state resources are available to assist. Advanced planning is critical as near record levels of Sierra snowpack will soon begin Spring run-off, increasing the likelihood of further flood impacts in the coming months.”
Invited speakers include: Blong Xiong and Navdeep Dhillon, USDA Farm Service Agency; Jeff Yasui, USDA Risk Management Agency; Tricia Stever Blatter, Tulare County Farm Bureau, Juan Hidalgo, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner; Supervisor Tod Kimmelshue, Butte County; Hernan Hernandez, California Farmworker Foundation and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and flood protection agencies.
“Flooding once again underscores the ongoing challenges we have within our water infrastructure,” said President Don Cameron, California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “To meet these challenges requires close coordination among federal, state and local agencies. The Governor’s recent executive orders on floodwater recharge and water resilience, combined with California’s long-term water supply strategy, are providing critical steps forward and demonstrating leadership on the complex local and regional water challenges we are experiencing.”
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the governor and CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The Board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials; agricultural representatives; and citizens to discuss current issues and concerns to California agriculture.
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