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CDFA participates in 8th annual Latino Farmer Conference

Dr. Ricardo Gaitán (center-left) and Dr. Everardo Mendes (center-right) with the Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division, conduct outreach with two farmers. Their discussions throughout the event covered meat, poultry and dairy products, antibiotics, vaccines, animal diseases, rendering, and mobile slaughter operations.

Representatives from across CDFA divisions and programs were on hand at the Latino Farmer Conference in Escondido on November 17 and 18. The event was held at the California Center for the Arts with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, equity, and resources for underserved farmers and ranchers. The Latino Farmer Conference is an annual event for Spanish speaking farmers and ranchers.

The conference brought together approximately 200 participants from the farming community, industry, and advocates for sustainability and agribusinesses for workshops in Spanish. The event included a farm tour of local and sustainable farms. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) host this annual event.

CDFA is proud to have had representation from the following areas:

Animal Health and Food Safety Services Division (AHFSS)

Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division

Office of Public Affairs

Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation (OEFI)

Farm Equity Program

Inspection Services Division

Division of Marketing Services

Division of Measurement Standards (DMS)

Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services Division (PHPPS)

Specialty Crop Block Grants Program (SCBGP)

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