California Feed Inspection Advisory Board applicants sought
The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced three vacancies on the Feed Inspection Advisory Board. The board makes regulatory and enforcement recommendations to the department to help ensure that commercial feed inspections contribute to a clean and wholesome supply of milk, meat, and eggs.
Two vacancies are for commercial feed industry representatives, and one vacancy is for a public member. The commercial feed industry representative applicants should hold a current California Commercial Feed License. The term of office for board members is up to three years. Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.
Individuals interested in serving on the Feed Inspection Advisory Board should send a resume by Feb. 28. For further information, contact Maria Tenorio at (916) 900-5022 or email email@example.com
USDA releases drought aid for California conservation efforts
USDA will make $20 million available for agricultural water conservation efforts throughout California to combat the effects of drought, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Feb. 4. Interested landowners and managers have until March 3 to apply for available funds.
The funding, through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), is designed to help agricultural operators use water more efficiently, stabilize fallowed cropland, and protect their livelihoods for the future. Funds are available statewide to install a number of conservation practices including irrigation efficiency, cover crops, rehabilitation of existing spring developments, protection of grazing lands, and other supporting components.
Funds will be divided between two specific funding pools: cropland and grazing lands. Cropland with a reduced water allocation of at least 85% will receive the highest priority. In order to be considered eligible for EQIP, the applicant must have a vested interest in agricultural production and meet other program eligibility requirements. For additional information, eligible landowners are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the drought initiative can be found at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.
Texas: ‘Battleground to Breaking Ground’ ag workshop set
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Program and USDA, will present a free agriculture workshop on Feb. 15 in Dallas for current and former members of the military.