State Board of Food and Ag to Focus on Water at Sept. 11 Meeting in Mendota

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is slated to discuss a variety of water issues at its Sept. 11 meeting in Mendota.

The meeting, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spreckels Sugar Company facility, will feature panel discussions on three key water topics: groundwater management, water quality and water markets.

“California farmers are at the forefront in developing on-farm solutions to improve water quality and groundwater management,” CDFA Secretary Karen Ross said. “How we work together to improve the already strong strides agriculture has taken in this area, while recognizing the significant financial constraints that farmers operate under, is where our water discussions need to focus.”

Scheduled speakers include: Jennifer Lester Moffitt, a member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board; Michael P. Jackson, area director, Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Peter Gleick, The Pacific Institute; Cindy Tuck, Association of California Water Agencies; Sarge Green, California Water Institute; Tom Glover, Westlands Water District; Martin McIntyre, San Luis Water District; Paula Landis, California Department of Water Resources; Ray Veldhuis, Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program; Stephen Bock, Fresno County Office of Education; and Jason Dean, Meyers Farming.

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.

According to a CDFA news release, challenges related to water quality, water availability, and supply remain of paramount importance it the agricultural sector. In 2010, a stakeholder group tasked with developing a long-term plan for California agriculture outlined two strategies related to water sustainability. The strategies called for securing an adequate supply of water for agricultural purposes and adopting a policy conserving agricultural land and water resources.

More on the meeting is available here.