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Ag Day at Capitol features giant school lunch tray


SACRAMENTO - To celebrate California's bounty, farmers and ranchers were assembling "The World's Largest School Lunch Tray" for a demonstration March 20 on the steps of the state Capitol.



With help from the PBS show, "Bringing it Home with Laura McIntosh," the 8-foot-by-10-foot tray was a reproduction of the ubiquitous trays that students everywhere use.



The tray was filled with enough California-grown products to feed 700 schoolchildren taking a field trip to the Capitol, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.



The tray was part of the annual California Agriculture Day festivities on the Capitol steps. A range of industry organizations handed out food samples and showed animals at the event, which was held despite a light drizzle.



Lawmakers were slated to tour the booths before they were opened to the public. A noon program was scheduled to include state Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross as well as representatives from the Assembly and Senate agriculture committees, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Women for Agriculture and other groups.



This year's theme was "The California Advantage," which acknowledged all the elements that make the state so productive, including climate, soils, water, research, technology and labor, the CDFA explained in a news release.



--Tim Hearden



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