October 2, 2013

Ag Research Critical for Future

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture announced TODAY they will focus on agricultural research needs at its upcoming meeting on October 8th in Sacramento, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

“Agricultural research is essential to ensuring a highly productive, continuously innovative, and safe food supply,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Our national investment in agricultural research is critical if we are to meet the challenge of increasing agricultural productivity to meet the food and fiber needs of a growing world population while adapting to a changing climate.”

Agricultural research has an everyday presence in consumers’ lives. From the diversity of food products on grocery shelves, to safe drinking water, and climate adaptation– agricultural research is at the forefront of improving and innovating on-farm practices and food production. Promoting agricultural research that anticipates 21st century challenges is crucial to keep California’s agriculture productive, profitable, and environmentally sound.
Invited speakers include: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, University of California, Davis; President Jeffrey Armstrong, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Vice President Barbara H. Allen-Diaz, University of California, Agricultural and Natural Resources; Maureen Whalen, Assistant Area Director – Pacific West Area, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau; Richard Waycott, Almond Board of California; Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Center for Produce Safety; and Ken Keck, California Citrus Research Board.
“Agricultural research needs to be readily available, relevant to what we need as growers, and responsive to overall industry needs,” said Craig McNamara, president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “This meeting is an opportunity for farmers to have an open dialogue with our research institutions and help us frame the priorities our state needs.”
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the governor and the CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The state board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials, agricultural representative and citizens to discuss current issues of concern to California agriculture.

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