in the KNOW

October 25, 2013

Students Learn About Ag Careers

Rob Kiss with Blue Diamond Growers speaks with Bay Area students.

Rob Kiss with Blue Diamond Growers speaks with Bay Area students.

Over 300 Bay Area junior high and high school students had a chance to discover and learn about the varied careers related to agriculture at the California Agricultural Leadership Program’s Careers in Agriculture – Growing Your Future event last week in San Francisco. The career day was held by Ag Leadership, Class 43, in partnership with California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

Students from urban and suburban areas were introduced to a wide variety of agriculture-related college and career opportunities. The students visited booths sponsored by agriculture industry leaders and partners. They learned about the types of careers within each organization, the qualifications for those positions and had the chance to participate in hands-on learning activities. The event also emphasized the use of technology in agriculture.

Ag Council thanks the following members for exhibiting at the career day event and helping to educate students about ag professions: Bayer CropScience, Blue Diamond Growers, Pacific Coast Producers, Paramount Farming Company and Sun-Maid Growers. In addition, Tricia Geringer, Director of Government Affairs at Ag Council, participated in the event as a member of Ag Leadership, Class 43.


Click HERE to view a news clip by ABC7 in San Francisco.

Seneca Foods Joins as a New Member

Seneca-Farms-Logo-480x215Ag Council welcomes Seneca Foods as a new Allied Member. Seneca Foods is among the world’s principal producers of canned fruits and vegetables. The company’s products are in over 80 countries. In the U.S., Seneca Foods supplies all food distribution channels including retail grocery, foodservice, industrial, and other food processors.

Seneca Foods maintains leading market shares in the retail private label, foodservice, and export canned fruit and vegetable markets, and holds the number three position in branded canned fruits and vegetables.

For more information about Seneca Foods, click HERE.

2014 Specialty Crop Block Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will hold workshops and a webinar in November regarding the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process. Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in the workshops or webinar.

The purpose of SCBGP is to improve the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops.   Workshops will be held in Sacramento, Sonoma, Merced, San Luis Obispo, and Orange Counties in early and mid-November. Click HERE for dates, times, workshop locations and RSVP information, as well as details about the webinar.

Funding for the 2014 SCBGP is dependent upon approval of a Farm Bill in Congress and availability of funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service.

CDFA Extends Current Dairy Price

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary, Karen Ross, this week announced a continuation of the existing temporary price increase for dairy producers through June 30, 2014. The temporary price was set to expire December 31, 2013.

In the notice, Secretary Ross said, “The outlook into 2014 appears to be favorable but is still uncertain.” The Secretary continues to emphasize the need to make changes in the California dairy pricing system through a subcommittee within the California Dairy Future Task Force. The Task Force is a stakeholder group established with the purpose to find long-term solutions to the issues facing the California dairy industry.

The CDFA determination this week comes after a September 12 public hearing was held to consider proposed adjustments to the temporary price relief. Please contact Ag Council at ph. (916) 443-4887 if you have any questions regarding the CDFA determination.

In Case You Missed It

With the deadline now passed for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills, last week’s In the Know newsletter included a legislative wrap-up of key state bills affecting Ag Council members. If you missed it, we encourage you to click on the link below.

The newsletter also contained an overview of Ag Council’s recent ag tours, which provided legislators the opportunity to connect with our members. The site visits with legislators are vital as we seek to raise critical state issues facing our members.

Click HERE to access these articles and to view photos from the ag tours with legislators.

Annual Meeting March 2-4, 2014

SavetheDate_frontWe invite all members to join us March 2-4, 2014 for Ag Council’s 95th Annual Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, California. The 2014 Golf Tournament and PAC fundraiser will take place on March 2 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine.

The Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with CoBank’s Pacific West Customer Meeting. Further details will be available at a later date. In the meantime, please save March 2-4, 2014 on your calendars.