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STATE BOARD TO FOCUS ON CALIFORNIA’S SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM AT OCTOBER 2nd MEETING
SACRAMENTO, September 25, 2012 – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss the department’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at its upcoming meeting on October 2, 2012. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
“The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program helps to support food safety research, marketing and innovation for a large percentage of California grown products,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “But unless congressional action is taken to pass a Farm Bill, this and other federal farm programs will be eliminated. This includes programs that support our dairy farmers, pest and disease prevention, and nutritional assistance to low-income individuals. In not passing a Farm Bill, Congress is negatively impacting job growth, reducing resources to local communities, and prolonging much needed disaster assistance.”