CDFA Wants to Hear Your Farm Bill Priorities

Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Karen Ross will host five listening sessions on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill. The listening sessions are an opportunity to provide input and recommendations on California’s federal policy and program priorities.

“The farm bill is as important to San Francisco and Los Angeles as it is to the Central Valley,” said Secretary Ross. “This legislation ensures a robust farm safety net, promotes farming and ranching practices that are environmentally sound, and provides important nutritional funding for our citizens. How our California Congressional delegation helps to shape the federal farm bill will result in positive investments to our communities, our health and agricultural economy.”

The farm bill is the primary agricultural and food policy legislation that houses many critical services and programs for organic producers, including funding for the National Organic Program, the National Organic Cost Share Program, funding and programs for organic research, and other services critical to the success of farmers and food manufacturers throughout the United States. It is up to Congress to renew the farm bill every five years, and the current farm bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014) will expire next year. Therefore, now is the time to weigh in and share your priorities with CDFA and Secretary Ross.

The CDFA listening sessions will be hosted throughout California at the following locations:

Modesto – February 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel (Napa Room)
1150 Ninth Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Chico – February 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Silver Dollar Fair (Harvest Hall)
2357 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928

World Ag Expo, Tulare – February 16, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
International Agri-Center Heritage Complex Theater
4500 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274

Salinas – February 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
Monterey County Farm Bureau
1140 Abbott Street, Suite C
Salinas, CA 93901

Los Angeles – February 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Meeting Room TBD)
400 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Those unable to attend the sessions in person can submit comments via email to farmbill@cdfa.ca.gov.

CCOF encourages members to participate in the listening sessions or submit written input. Please contact me at pnell@ccof.org with questions or for more information.

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