Board meeting to discuss expired farm bill programs
SACRAMENTO - A state board will hold a meeting here Nov. 6 to discuss the impact of expiring farm bill programs on industries.
The Board of Food and Agriculture's 10 a.m. meeting will include speakers from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the Wine Institute, Western United Dairymen, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League and other organizations.
The current farm bill, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, expired on Sept. 30. A new farm bill has languished in Congress, although a continuing resolution kept some programs going until March.
However, such initiatives as the Market Access Program, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program were immediately impacted, the California Department of Food and Agriculture explained in a news release.
The board meeting will be held in the main auditorium at CDFA's office, 1220 H St.