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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #23-075
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Applications for Committee Membership are Currently Available


SACRAMENTO, May 15, 2023 – CDFA Secretary Karen Ross today announced the Department’s first historically underserved and small farm advisory committees to support equity and inclusion throughout the organization’s programs, policies and services. Application periods for both committees are open through June 30, 2023. 

“Since 1919, CDFA has served the public along with California’s farmers, ranchers and farmworkers,” said Secretary Ross. “Today, our department takes a step forward in recognizing the importance of California’s minority and small-scale producer communities. By establishing these committees, we are continuing a commitment to equity and inclusion within California agriculture as we work together to navigate the challenges they face. Amid the very real impacts of weather whiplash we’re seeing in real-time, it’s more important than ever to provide a voice for all our farming communities when it comes to CDFA’s programs and policies.” 

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Producer Advisory Committee will advise the CDFA Secretary on matters pertaining to the implementation of the Farmer Equity Act and efforts to ensure socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers are better served through CDFA’s programs, policies and communications. Committee representation includes: 6 BIPOC producers, 1 representative of a California Native American tribe; 2 non-profit organizations that represent or serve BIPOC producers; 2 academic members and 1 technical assistance provider. 

The Small-Scale Producer Advisory Committee will advise the CDFA Secretary and California State Board of Food and Agriculture on matters pertaining to small- and medium-scale producers related to programs, research, technology, workforce development, technical assistance and equity issues. Committee representation incudes: 5 small-scale producers; 1 California Native American tribe; 1 urban agricultural organization; 1 non-profit representing or serving small-scale producers; 1 academic member and 1 technical assistance provider. 

Interested applicants can apply through the links below: 

BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee Application:         English                 Español


Small-Scale Producer Committee Application:               English                 Español

Committees will meet on a quarterly basis, four times per calendar year. Meetings will be held in January, April, August and October. Appointments are for four-year terms, initial appointments will be staggered. Committee members receive no compensation but are entitled to reimbursement for actual expenses incurred while attending committee meetings. 

More information on the committees can be found:

CDFA - BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee

CDFA - Small-Scale Producer Advisory Committee

Questions concerning the BIPOC and Small-Scale Producer Advisory Committees, can be directed to:




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