CDFA to host several Farm Bill listening sessions

California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross will host several Farm Bill listening sessions to solicit comments and input on what should be included in 2018 legislation

Next year’s expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill will necessitate a new piece of legislation, and in that light California farmers will be given several opportunities in February to share what they’d like to see in the new legislation with California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross.

Ross, who was former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s chief of staff for two years prior to being appointed CDFA secretary, will hold four different listening sessions during the month to seek input from farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill.

“The farm bill is as important to San Francisco and Los Angeles as it is to the Central Valley,” said Ross.

Farm Bill listening sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

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

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

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

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

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

The current farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, will expire next year necessitating action by Congress. The farm bill provides an estimated $489 billion in federal funding nationwide to support a variety of food and agricultural programs including crop insurance, conservation, nutrition and trade.

Public comments can also be emailed to [email protected]

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