Thursday, September 29, 2022

California Department of Food and Agriculture

California State Board Of Food And Agriculture To Hear Updates On Water Supply Strategy, Aridification, And Federal Climate Smart Commodity Grant Awards

SACRAMENTO, September 29, 2022 – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear updates and discuss issues related to the State’s Water Supply Strategy at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. In addition, the Board will hear from recent federal grant recipients on Climate-Smart Commodity programs that will be implemented in state. The meeting will also include a presentation by the University of Michigan on Climate Change, Aridification and California.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The meeting is also available via Zoom at:

Webinar ID: 875 5734 0994
Passcode: Board2022!

(Simultaneous Spanish interpretation is available via the Zoom application)

“California’s water supply strategy focuses on developing new water supplies, expanding storage, reducing demand and improving overall data and management,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “As we look at a hotter and drier future, I know that California’s farmers and ranchers will continue to adapt and lead the nation in water use efficiency and conservation.”

Invited speakers include: Jonathan Overpeck, University of Michigan; Kayla Ungar, California Department of Food and Agriculture; David Guy, Northern California Water Association; Alicia Rockwell, Blue Diamond Growers, Dennis Mullinax, California Dairy Research Foundation; Steve Brazeel, Elevated Foods; Kristofer Covey, The Soil Inventory Project; Teresa Siles, Nuffer Smith Tucker and other invited speakers.

“As we enter the 2023 Water Year we remain hopeful for a drought ending season but understand that business as usual is a not a path forward,” said President Don Cameron, California State Board of Food and Agriculture. “California agriculture must do its part to reduce overall demand while maintaining family farms, markets, communities and our overall food security.”

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture advises the governor and CDFA secretary on agricultural issues and consumer needs. The Board conducts forums that bring together local, state and federal government officials; agricultural representatives; and citizens to discuss current issues and concerns to California agriculture.

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Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture