A group of 20 government agency representatives will gather Aug. 5-12 for the Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program, with this year’s spotlight on Northern California agriculture.
The annual fellowship program – also known as the D.C. Exchange – has educated more than 500 individuals since it began in 1982. Organized and hosted by California Agricultural Leadership Program alumni, the endeavor educates regulatory and policy decision makers about significant issues affecting California agriculture and fosters open communication between the industry and federal entities.
“This program is incredibly valuable because it gives government officials a unique and in-depth opportunity to truly understand California agriculture,” said Ag Leadership alumnus John Azevedo of Healdsburg. “Growers, ranchers, producers and conservationists will provide amazing insight into the industry and issues. In turn, the fellows can apply their new knowledge and increased awareness to their government work.”
The weeklong program, which will take fellows through eight counties, includes more than 20 agriculture-related site visits, as well as one-on-one talks, expert panels, small group discussions, and overnight stays with farm and ranching families.
Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo and Sacramento.
Shasta Livestock Auction Yard, Shasta Dam, Rickert Ranch, Lindauer River Ranch, Crain Walnut Shelling, Lucero Olive Oil, New Clairvaux Monastery, Chico State, Sierra Nevada Brewery, LaserMan Inc., Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA), California Rice Experiment Station, REASON Farms, Sunsweet, Sacramento River, Poundstone Pumping Plant, Durst Farms, Sites Reservoir, Petaluma Creamery, Cardinale Winery, Grace Ranch, Sonoma Farmers Market, Delta-area farms and waterways.
Water (conservation, supply and demand, irrigation, levees, flood control, river system)
Land trusts and conservation easements
Crop production and processing
Natural resources/environment/wildlife habitat
Crop protection/pest control
Ag education and research
Molly Cheatum, Conservation Economics Associate, Defenders of Wildlife
Drue DeBerry, Farm Conservation Program Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
John Giamalva, International Trade Analyst, U.S. International Trade Commission
Anne Haddix, Senior Policy Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jacob Hegeman, National State Liaison, USDA-APHIS
David Heron, Assistant Director, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, USDA-APHIS
Tim Hruby, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Import Administration
Joel Larson, Social Science Program Analyst, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Chris Messer, Chief of Program Administration Branch, USDA-NASS
Belinda Mohr, Staff Fellow (Economist), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Tom O'Brien, Professional Staff, House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee
Stacey Peckins, Branch Chief, Grant Programs, USDA-FAS
Susan Phillips, Supervisory Program Manager, USDA-FAS
Jake Reilly, Program Examiner (NRCS, USFS), Office of Management and Budget
Matthew Rhoads, Director of Regulations, Permits and Manuals, USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Kate Snipes, Foreign Service Officer/Special Assistant to Deputy Administrator, USDA-FAS
Jordan Sottosanto, Regulatory Biotechnologist, USDA-APHIS
Nora Stein, Program Examiner (Natural Resources Division), Office of Management and Budget
Michael Stewart, Energy Officer, USDA-FAS
Gina Weinstock, Congressional and Legislative Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation