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Board to discuss economic development initiatives

Calif. panel will also receive updates on Farm Bill, SGMA, state budget.

Farm Press Staff

June 3, 2024

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California State Board of Food and Agriculture
California State Board of Food and Agriculture.Tim Hearden

California’s State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss new local economic development initiatives for agriculture at its meeting Tuesday, June 4, while also receiving updates on the Farm Bill, groundwater management and state budget deliberations.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the main auditorium at the California Department of Food and Agriculture headquarters, 1220 N St., Sacramento. It will also be streamed online.

“California agriculture is an economic driver within local communities throughout our state,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Enhancing California’s working lands through investments in technology, farmworker training, small farm resources, and healthy food access initiatives supports new market developments and opportunities within our food system.”

Invited speakers include: Derek Kirk, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency; Cesar Lucio, Central Valley Community Foundation; Karen Aceves, Arken Strategies; Joshua Viers, University of California, Merced; Alba Velasquez, Los Angeles Food Policy Council; Timothy Godwin, California Department of Water Resources; and Anne MacMillan, Invariant GR.

“As the leading agricultural state in the nation – California is at the forefront of innovation,” said board president Don Cameron, a grower. “The next generation of farms and ranches will provide workforce opportunities in technology and automation that will provide back to local communities – through jobs and climate resilience.”

The board advises the governor and CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. It conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials; agricultural representatives; and citizens to discuss current issues and concerns to California agriculture.

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture

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