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SACRAMENTO, May 30, 2023 - The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss the recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure grant program at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, June 6. The meeting will be held from 10:00a.m. to 2:30 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/84293090509
Webinar ID: 842 9309 0509
(Phone Access Passcode: 5509835264)
(Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available via the Zoom application)
“The USDA’s Resilient Food System Infrastructure Program is a great opportunity to not only further California’s Ag Vision strategy of fostering climate-smart, resilient and regenerative food systems, but also enhancing processing options for local and regional producers within the supply chain,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “This funding will directly benefit California’s farmers and ranchers, with an emphasis on small, underserved business owners as well as historically underserved producers.”
Invited speakers include: Tricia Kovacs, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; Trish Kelly, Valley Vision; Jamie Johansson, CA Farm Bureau Federation; Tim Johnson, CA Rice Commission; Emily Rooney; Agricultural Council of California; Michael Dimock, Roots of Change; Paul Towers, Community Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF) and other invited speakers.
The USDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Program (RFSI) will assist states in building resilience in the middle-of-the-supply-chain and strengthen local and regional food systems by creating new revenue streams for producers. The overall goal of the RFSI, as outlined by the USDA, is to create more and better processing options for producers across the specialty crops, dairy, grain and other food sectors by targeting gaps and opportunities within the agricultural supply chain.
CDFA will begin planning and public outreach to submit a state plan to the USDA in August. Once approved, CDFA will make competitive grants available for eligible entities that include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, local/tribal governments as well schools, hospitals and universities.
“Investments in the food supply chain directly benefits communities across California,” said President Don Cameron, California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “Infrastructure grants can help small-scale producers bring new products to market, further farm-to-school connections with aggregation and processing equipment as well as enhance on-farm food safety with specialized equipment for preparation and packing. I applaud USDA and CDFA for launching an initiative that will bring returns for farmers, ranchers and consumers.”
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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