#CDFACentennial – In the Beginning

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. Throughout the year this blog will feature a number of items to commemorate this milestone, including these photographs from the beginning. 

Governor William D. Stephens signed the bill creating the California Department of Agriculture on May 16, 1919.
The Department’s first director was G.H. Hecke. He served until 1931.
One of the first “Monthly Bulletins,” which were produced by the Department for decades.
An early staff roster.
An early budget book showing general fund expenditures of $278,091.45 in the Department’s first year of existence.

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