The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced available committee spots on both the Shipping Point Inspection Advisory Committee (SPI) and the Standardization Advisory Committee.
Shippers of fruit and vegetables are encouraged to apply to the SPI committee. Members of the SPI provide support to the agricultural industry by giving nationally- and internationally-recognized grading and certification service to ensure that California’s specialty crops meet identified quality standards. There are currently six member positions and nine alternate positions available.
Members of the Standardization Advisory Committee advise the CDFA secretary on the Standardization Program. Committee members also review proposed regulations and make recommendations on assessment rates and fees. Those interested must have a financial stake ─ either personal or professional ─ in the commodity-specific seat available.
The seats currently available:
* Other citrus fruits or table grapes
* A fresh fruit commodity group
* Four positions representing broccoli, tomatoes or lettuce
* A vegetable commodity group
* A commodity subject to the Standardization Program.
Both committees also require a letter of recommendation from an industry member.
Applications for either committee should be sent to Sarah Cardoni, CDFA Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 ‘N’ Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or via e-mail to Sarah.Cardoni@cdfa.ca.gov.