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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #23-077
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SACRAMENTO, May 16, 2023 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board’s (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). 

This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning efficient use of fertilizing materials and irrigation water. TASC members assist in setting research priorities for the FREP Grant Program, review and recommend research and outreach proposals to FIAB for funding, and advise on FREP activities. 

FREP is funded through a mill assessment on the sale of fertilizing materials. FREP funds and facilitates research, education and demonstration projects to improve proper use of fertilizing materials and irrigation water in agriculture. The program serves researchers, growers, agricultural supply and service professionals, extension personnel, public agencies, consultants and the public. 

TASC applicants must demonstrate technical, applied and scientific expertise in the fields of agronomy, soil science, plant science, production agriculture or environmental issues related to the use of fertilizers and irrigation water in California. The term of office for subcommittee members is three years. Members receive no compensation but are entitled to reimbursement of necessary travel expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources. 

Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should complete the TASC Application Packet available on the FIAB TASC webpage and email it to with a two-page resume or curriculum vitae. The application deadline is July 31, 2023. 

For further information about FREP, please contact FREP staff at  or visit



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