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CGFA District Meeting: October 12th
CGFA Feed Manufacturing Study Group Meeting Notice
House Passes Grain Standards Act, Livestock Price Reporting, Clearing Bill for Obama Signature
House Passes Grain Standards Act, Livestock Price Reporting, Clearing Bill for Obama Signature
FDA: Won't Tell Companies How to Report Ag Antibiotic Use, Consumers Say Get it from Feed Mills
Senate Agriculture Committee to hold Biotech Food Labeling Hearing October 21
Boehner Resigns Speakership, House Seat; McCarthy Struggling, but Favored to Succeed
House Agriculture Committee to Hold Dietary Guidelines Hearing October 7
EPA Happenings
Union Pacific - Positive Train Control Update
House Highway Bill Seen as Vehicle Carrying Issues, Controversy
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CGFA Careers Center
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CGFA District Meeting: October 12th Day At The Races
Pleas join California Grain & Feed Association on
Monday, October 12, 2015
 The Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, CA at the Races
Live horse racing is back in the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand at The Big Fresno Fair, with plenty of hoof-pounding action!  Don't miss the excitement of live horse racing; it's only here once a year. Your registration includes admission to the fair and an air conditioned seat at the exclusive Turf Club. Dinner will be on your own after the races - some may want to stay at the fair and enjoy the other activities and others may want to head out after the races - we'll leave that to you.
Win, Place or Show - You Will Want To Be There!!  Only $22.00 per person - Meet the group at 12:30 PM - Post time is 1:15 PM - Limit First 40
QUESTIONS? Call us at (916) 441-2272 
Email Donna Boggs 
Email Nicole Dominguez

[Click here to register]

CGFA Feed Manufacturing Study Group Meeting Notice

Chairman John Austel and CGFA staff have scheduled the next meeting of the CGFA Feed Manufacturin
g Study Group for Thursday, October 29th from 9:30 am until approximately 12:00 noon.   The meeting will take place at the Clarion Hotel in the Vineyard  Room - 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 521-1612.  The committee will be discussing Food Safety Modernization Act final rule "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals"  as well as other issues and concerns facing the industry.   Please RSVP if you will be able to attend this meeting by Friday, October 23rd - by email or phone (916) 441-2272.

CDFA Drought Update
Emergency Drought Barrier Removal Underway in Delta:
Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands since June is well underway, with breach in the barrier expected Thursday. The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from San Francisco Bay. The Delta's water is used by 25 million Californians, including residents of the Delta and Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. DWR's State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project convey Delta water through their aqueducts to distant parts of the state. Press Release
Water Year 2015 Ends as California's Warmest Year Ever:
The turn of the calendar from September to October each year goes without fanfare in most of California, but for the Department of Water Resources' (DWR) State Water Project (SWP), each October 1 is the start of a new water year. Water Year 2015 has been noteworthy for much less precipitation than normal in California, temperatures much warmer than normal and a growing El Niņo in the Eastern Pacific that many Californians hope will end the state's drought. Most of all, Water Year 2015 will be remembered as the fourth year of one of the state's most severe dry periods on record. Press Release
Californians Continue Meeting Governor's Water Conservation Mandate:
Californians reduced water use by nearly 27 percent during August, exceeding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s 25 percent conservation mandate for a third straight month. "Millions of Californians stepped up to save water this summer and we must all keep up the good work because no one knows how much longer this historic drought will continue," said Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. "With continued heat, the danger of more wildfires, and no way of knowing when the drought will end, every drop of water that remains in our local reservoirs and aquifers is insurance in case of another dry year or more." Press Release
Delta Farmers: Voluntary Water Cuts Pay Off:
Whether an act of goodwill or a desperate move under duress, an agreement by Delta farmers to voluntarily reduce their water use last spring likely spared them from deeper cuts in the middle of the summer growing season, a state official said this week. The unprecedented agreement ended on Wednesday, which also marked the conclusion of California's latest abysmal "water year." As harvest draws to a close across San Joaquin County and the state, farmers say they found ways to cope with this fourth year of drought. The voluntary reductions in the Delta, however, were extraordinary in that Delta farmers - by virtue of their senior water rights, and their location at the bottom of the Central Valley bathtub - are typically among the last who would be harmed by a severe water shortage.Article
UC Berkeley to Lead Study of Crop Drought Tolerance:
UC Berkeley is leading a $12.3 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions, an increasing concern for agriculture as the effects of climate change are felt in California and globally. UC Berkeley researchers will partner with scientists at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Energy Department's Joint Genome Institute and that agency's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the five-year project, called Epigenetic Control of Drought Response in Sorghum, or EPICON. Blog Post

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Informational Meetings:
The State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources will hold informational meetings to discuss the implementation of SGMA and to answer questions from the public. Technical sessions and public forums will be held on October 21st in the Los Angeles Area, October 22nd in Visalia, and October 27th in Sacramento and Webcast. Both agencies are responsible for the implementation of SGMA. Flyer here

The Drought, A Historical Perspective:
California's ongoing drought will continue to break records and grab headlines, but it is unlikely to be especially rare from a water policy and management perspective. Estimates of the current drought's rarity range from once in 15 years to once in 1,200 years (Griffin and Anchukaitis 2014), depending on the region and indicators used (precipitation, stream runoff, soil moisture or snowpack). In the Middle Ages, large parts of California had droughts far worse than this one, some lasting more than a century (Stine 1994). The probability of California experiencing a once in 1,200-year drought during a short human lifetime is extremely low. Blog Post

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance ProgramPress Release
Karen Ross, Secretary 
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814

House Passes Grain Standards Act, Livestock Price Reporting, Clearing Bill for Obama Signature
As expected the House this week easily approved the Senate version of a bill to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA), the Mandatory Livestock Reporting Act and the National Forest Foundation Act.  The grain and livestock price programs were set to expire at midnight September 30, and the forest foundation had quietly shut its doors some months ago. The bill is on its way to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it. 

The USGSA includes hard-fought language sought by the grain industry including allowing the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) to collect fees for export inspection and weighing services, renewal of the USGSA Advisory Committee and language requiring USDA to provide export inspections if labor disruptions force a suspension of services by a state inspection agency. The bill would allow for private inspections of grain and oilseeds when government inspectors aren't available, with agreement by both the buyer and the seller of the product.
FDA: Won't Tell Companies How to Report Ag Antibiotic Use, Consumers Say Get it from Feed Mills 
A sometimes raucous stakeholders' meeting held by FDA, USDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to talk about how they might implement a plan to force drug companies and others to report on-farm antibiotic use, sales and distribution data by species and condition ended this week with the agency saying it will not give animal health companies specific criteria for reporting the data. 

At the meeting sponsored as part of the White House National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, animal agriculture, feed and animal health groups slammed FDA for lacking the legal authority to even seek the data, and that at best, the effort would collect "best guesses" on antibiotic use. 

During the public comment portion of the meeting, some consumer groups pushed for FDA to collect the antibiotic data from feed mills because the expanded Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) - a pillar of the FDA-industry cooperative effort to reduce antimicrobial use on farms that went into effect October 1 - requires feed mills to keep records on use so the data is ready to be collected. FDA said "no single data source is going to answer all of our questions in a meaningful way.  We need to pull together all these sources of information into an integrated report." The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) strongly opposes such collection, and says FDA doesn't have the legal authority to even ask for the data.

FDA says it will use USDA on-farm data collection to look at animal health and demographics, drug use indicators and antibiotic resistance measurements, but acknowledged the agency might have a report by 2018, but only if it has the money to move forward with the project. The reason for the data collection - something political critics of on-farm antibiotic use have demanded for years - is to "better monitor trends in antibiotic use," and monitor trends in antibiotic resistance from bacteria in retail meats and animals, while promoting "judicious use" of the medically important antibiotics. 
Senate Agriculture Committee to hold Biotech Food Labeling Hearing October 21
Panel Chair Pat Roberts (R, KS) this week announced the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on biotechnology October 21, including examining regulating genetically modified crops and whether foods made with genetically modified (GM) ingredients should be labeled. 

There's no Senate companion bill to HR 1599, authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R, KS) and approved overwhelmingly in the House earlier this summer. The House bill would make USDA the final arbiter of all food and feed GM labeling, create a voluntary USDA certification program for labeling for the presence or absence of GM ingredients, and require FDA to define the term "natural" when it comes to human food labeling. 

Sen. John Hoeven (R, ND) has finished drafting his version of the Pompeo bill, but wants a Democrat to join him in the bill's introduction. Unfortunately, he's gotten no takers despite several major Democrats telling him they support his effort to find a federal solution to the GM labeling challenge. 
Boehner Resigns Speakership, House Seat; McCarthy Struggling, but Favored to Succeed
House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH) walked into a press conference September 25, and announced he will relinquish his speaker's gavel and retire from the House at the end of October. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) is generally believed to be his successor, and Boehner this week announced leadership elections within the GOP caucus will be held October 8. 

In what was described as an emotional meeting of House Republicans earlier in the day, Boehner said the "turmoil" of the last few months between him and the more conservative wing of the GOP threatened to do damage to other members and to the House as an "institution." He said he'd planned to announce his retirement November 17, his birthday, with a departure at the end of the December, but after "praying on it" and talking with his wife, Debbie, he decided not to wait, surprising not only House colleagues but much of his personal and speaker staff. 

Boehner said he'll spend the next 30 days "cleaning out the barn," meaning he'll try and deal with as much controversial legislation as possible to make his successor's life easier.  After that, he said he's got no firm plans. 

Amid speculation, Boehner, a staunch Catholic, shot down the notion that Pope Francis' visit and historic address to a joint session of Congress had much to do with his decision to accelerate his departure. He said he only intended to serve as speaker through 2014, but the surprise primary defeat of then Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R, VA) forced him to recalculate. He also faced a legislative action to remove him as House Speaker, but said, "I'd have survived that easily; heck, I'd have gotten 400 votes."

As to advice he'd give his successor and his fellow GOP lawmakers, he said, "beware false prophets" during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation." He said the next speaker need only "do the right thing for the right reasons and the right things will happen." Boehner was asked if some members of this party had unrealistic expectations to which he responded, "Absolutely they're not realistic. Change comes slowly, and obviously too slowly for some. It's easy to have the courage to do what you can't do."

The National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA) released a statement that echoed many other organizations in Washington. "We are grateful for Speaker Boehner's leadership in so many areas, including his service on the House Agriculture Committee, and his work for a more transparent and productive Congress," the group said, adding it hoped "Congress will set aside partisan interests and work together to solve important issues, such as the federal budget, tax reform and investing in our roads and bridges."

While the fundamental party dynamics won't change in the short term, McCarthy nevertheless formally announced he was running earlier this week, with three-term Rep. Daniel Webster (R, FL) as his only announced challenger.  Webster, a well-liked moderate, is not expected to present a serious challenge to McCarthy. McCarthy represents California's 23rd district, a heavy agricultural area that includes Bakersfield. 

However, remarks relative to the House committee investigation into the U.S. embassy attack in Benghazi by McCarthy in which he alluded to the committee action as political when it comes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations, have given his conservative GOP critics ammunition to possibly try and derail his Speaker bid. A "Fire Kevin McCarthy" campaign was launched shortly after McCarthy's Benghazi remarks went public; however 11 Pennsylvania lawmakers and Ways & Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R, WI), who once thought about succeeding Boehner, endorsed McCarthy this week. 

The real horse races will be for the other leadership positions. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R, LA) is being challenged for McCarthy's majority leader job by Budget Committee Chair Tom Price (R, SC). If Scalise prevails, four colleagues look to vie for his whip slot, including Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry (R, NC), and Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R, TX). Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R, OK) and Dennis Ross (R, FL) have also indicated interest in the whip job.
House Agriculture Committee to Hold Dietary Guidelines Hearing October 7
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell will be the only witnesses at an October 7 hearing before the full House Agriculture Committee to examine the status of proposed federal dietary guidelines.

Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R, TX) and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D, MN) want to know the status of the guidelines and how the two departments are reviewing the 60,000-plus comments received on the proposed guidelines. 

The hearing is set because the dietary guidelines proposal has been attacked by farm and ranch groups as going well beyond the charge given the advisory committee because it includes climate change, sustainability and tax recommendations rather than simply nutrition and diet recommendations as the guidelines traditionally carry.
EPA Happenings
EPA Defends, Moves Ahead with Final Ozone Rule Most Say is Unnecessary - EPA this week unveiled its final rule on lowering permissible ozone limits despite strong opposition by a large bipartisan chunk of Congress, including most of industry and nearly all of agriculture. All opponents agree the current ozone rules are generally working - ozone levels have dropped 18% since 2000, and 33% since 1980 - says EPA - but nearly a quarter of the states still have not come into compliance with 2008 ozone reduction regulations. EPA's new ozone standard is 70 parts per billion (ppb), compared to the current level of 75 ppb.  The agency says the new, lower level "will substantially increase public health protection," estimating human health benefits will outweigh the cost of the new standard four to one. 

Agriculture interests say the new ozone standard burden will fall disproportionately on rural areas where ozone levels exceed 70 ppb. Most ozone in rural areas is windborne from urban areas; however, it takes longer for the ozone to dissipate in nonurban parts of the country. At the same time, routine farming practices, including pesticide application and livestock production, routinely generate ozone. Also, mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) are emitted by routine soil microbial activity, burning biomass and fuel combustion on farms. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said only 14 counties outside of California - considered a "special case" by the agency - won't be able to meet the new standard by 2025, and EPA will formally designate so-called "nonattainment" counties in 2017. Sen. John Thune (R, SD) says the actual number of counties which will struggle with the new rule is 227. House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R, MI) said the new ozone rules will "yank the rug out from under many communities scrambling to implement the 2008 standards." Upton said the ozone rule could be the costliest rule in EPA history and "the last straw for our fragile economy." 

Workers must be 18 to Apply Pesticides: EPA - In releasing its final pesticide safety and agriculture worker protection rules, EPA this week decreed no one under 18 years old can apply pesticides in farm fields, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. Set to be published in the Federal Register by the end of the year, the controversial final rule - supported by 71 House Democrats - belies EPA's threshold of 16 years included in its proposed rule released last year. The United Farm Workers (UFW) said of the action, "We will no longer allow children to apply pesticides. It's been a long time coming."  

States will enforce the new rule under contract to EPA, and the new standards are expected to take effect about 14 months after Federal Register publication. Members of a farm owner's immediate family are exempt from the new safety rules, including the age restriction. Employers have to provide annual training for handlers, keep training records for two years, provide protective equipment and maintain and make workers pesticide safety data available. 

The Agricultural Retailers Assn. (ARA) said it has several areas of concern with the new rule, but the UFW presence as part of the EPA press conference to announce the new rules "highlights the extent to which one advocacy group's position influenced the final rule." ARA stated the changes to the rule are based on "unfounded assumptions and deliberately misleading cost analyses."

Enviro Groups' Suit to Get More Farm Data Tossed Out - A lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmental, animal rights, and consumer groups seeking to make it easier to collect government information on farmers and ranchers was dismissed this week by a U.S. District Court judge. The 2013 suit was filed when EPA decided in July, 2012, not to finalize its pending rulemaking on confined animal feed operations (CAFOs), because the program would have required location, permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for manure application. The activist groups alleged EPA's action violated its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA), but the judge said no law requires CAFOs to self-report. 

Opponents of the court action said the groups want the information collected so they can get access to it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) are currently suing EPA over previous releases of farmer data, including personal information. AFBF said of the judge's decision, "the court made the right decision." NPPC said, "Let's hope this puts an end to these groups, including HSUS, trying to get information on farmers so they can file nuisance suit and otherwise harass people who are providing safe, wholesome products to domestic and international consumers."
Union Pacific - Positive Train Control Update
In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring railroads to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on lines that carry passengers or toxic by inhalation gas (TIH). The deadline for complete installation isDecember 31, 2015. Union Pacific is implementing PTC, and since the mandate in 2008, we have worked tirelessly to design, install and test the system. However, despite our best efforts, we will not meet the installation deadline. 
Union Pacific is committed to implementing PTC as safely and as rapidly as possible. We have dedicated tremendous resources to developing and installing this complex technology. We have about 1,000 people working on PTC, and we have invested $1.8 billion through mid-2015 and plan to invest another $200 million before the end of this year. 
PTC is not an off-the-shelf technology. After the mandate passed in 2008, we (and other railroads) had to first design and perform preliminary tests on the system. Rigorous testing remains to be done to ensure the PTC components will operate reliably and will not disrupt rail service by stopping trains unnecessarily. As you would expect with any new and complex technology, we experienced a variety of regulatory and supplier delays. These issues will prevent us from complying with the December 31, 2015, deadline established by Congress. In fact, all freight railroads and nearly every passenger railroad will not meet the deadline.
We have communicated frequently with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), members of Congress and other government officials about the need for an extension of the 2015 deadline. We appreciate that many of you have also communicated with elected officials on this important issue and have conveyed the need for a realistic deadline. While we are still hopeful that Congress will pass, and the President will sign, a bill that extends the PTC implementation deadline, we also recognize that our customers need to prepare in case a decision to extend the deadline is not made soon. 
We have been considering how Union Pacific can best meet the goals of safety, compliance with applicable regulations, and our responsibilities to our customers. We have come to the reluctant conclusion that, without a timely extension, Union Pacific must embargo TIH shipments. We anticipate issuing an embargo notice before Thanksgiving. We will provide advance notice of when Union Pacific will actually issue its embargo if there is no extension. In addition, all passenger operations on Union Pacific lines will be discontinued by year's end. While the embargo will be limited to TIH at this time, we may need to consider expanding the scope if the FRA imposes fines on freight trains without TIH, which it is authorized to do. 
Union Pacific will continue to work actively with Congress to obtain an extension. We encourage you to reach out to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators urging them to support a PTC deadline extension. Additionally, you can ask your trade associations and industry groups to contact Congress as well. 

House Highway Bill Seen as Vehicle Carrying Issues, Controversy
As the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee puts mark up of its version of a multi-year reauthorization of federal highway, bridge and commuter projects, on hold, the underlying bill is beginning to look like the legislative train everyone wants to ride.  The current short-term extension of highway authority expires October 29.

Transportation Committee Chair Bill Schuster (R, PA) said it's tough to mark up a bill when you don't know the topline funding level. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) told the GOP caucus he expected to make an announcement "shortly." 

Several issues remain in limbo given there's no schedule on House action. One is extending the deadline for Class I railroads to implement "positive train control," a series of technologies that rails are required to install across their networks that allow them to shut down a train in an emergency. The rails have said they need more time - the current deadline is December 31 - or service disruptions are inevitable as trains without the PTC will be pulled from service. The Agricultural Retailers Assn. (ARA) has mounted a major lobbying effort to get Congress to include PTC in a highway bill or pass independently a Schuster bill that would push the deadline out to the end of 2018. 

Another issue favored by agriculture is a bill by Rep. Reid Ribble (R, WI) that would give states the authority to allow trucks weighing up to 91,000 pounds with six axles to operate on interstate highways within their borders.  The heavier trucks are seen as the way around less-than-truckload shipments forced on shippers given the federal 80,000-pound interstate weight limit which hasn't been changed since 1982. The heavier vehicles, with additional braking power, are as safe as conventional rigs, shippers say, and will let them move more cargo in fewer trucks with less fuel use and pollution. 

The Senate bill also carries reauthorization of the 81-year-old Ex-Im Bank, a political football in recent weeks, but reauthorization is likely if it can be attached to a "must-pass" vehicle. 
The Senate approved its multi-year highway bill in July, but could only find money to pay for three of the five years of the bill's life. That challenge illustrates the overarching problem with approving a multi-year bill, namely where's the money going to come from to pay for it, given both sides of the Hill and both sides of the aisle refuse to increase the federal gas tax to make the federal highway trust fund solvent again and keep it that way. 

One option to fund the current legislation is an international tax "overhaul" being discussed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D, NY) and House Ways & Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R, WI) that would levy a one-time "tax repatriation" on an estimated $2.1 trillion in U.S. corporate earnings held overseas to avoid federal taxes.  Some contend if a deal isn't struck soon, that effort will disappear. Others, including Ryan, say there is no deadline, and that a report and framework by October 12, Columbus Day, is the goal so members can digest it.  

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R, UT) says there simply isn't time to get done what Schumer and Ryan want to do.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) isn't keen on the tax repatriation idea, and is the architect of the five-year Senate bill that's only funded for three years, the idea being money can be found in the next Congress. President Obama wants a $400-billion five-year bill; the budget baseline is $300 billion, and Schumer's goal, said one staffer, is "significantly north of there." 

Schumer has complicated the debate, however, by demanding both the House and Senate dramatically increase the amount of money the bills will allocate to highway repairs and building. While he won't confirm how much he thinks is enough, GOPers briefed on Schumer's demand say the total is too high for budget hawks, and would kill any chance of passing a highway reauthorization this year. 
You Are Invited to CGFA Career Fairs
CGFA will be participating in four upcoming career fairs at each of our target universities this Fall. Our goal is to provide members of CGFA with the opportunity to connect with qualified students and spread awareness of the growing number of diverse opportunities available in the grain and feed industry. CGFA will have a booth at the following events:
Careers in the California Grain and Feed Industry
Careers in the California Grain and Feed Industry
UC Davis
October 14
CSU Fresno
October 20
CSU Chico
November 4

CGFA will be covering the booth cost for these fairs in order to provide our members with the opportunity to attend, participate, and engage in the associated activities. This opportunity allows you to attend as a member of CGFA and represent your company if you wish to share potential career opportunities available.
We invite and encourage you to participate in these events as a member at the CGFA booth! Please email if you are interested in attending one or more of the career fairs.
Be sure to post any available job openings on the CGFA Career Center website, whether you can attend or not to take advantage of the pool of potential candidates that will be in attendance at these career fairs! We also ask that you follow and engage with CGFA on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube), and incorporate a link to the CGFA Career Center and the CGFA Career Video on your company website to help share these valuable resources.
We encourage all members to participate in the events taking place in your area, especially if you are an alumni of one of the above listed universities. Please take a look at the locations and times of each of these career fairs and email if you are interested in attending. Feel free to reach out with any additional questions you may have regarding these events.
CGFA Careers Center
The CGFA Careers Center can help connect you with qualified and talented employees searching for dynamic and challenging career opportunities. After registering, you can post job & internship openings available at your company, as well as view potential candidates' resumes and upcoming career fairs.

Follow CGFA's page Careers in the California Grain & Feed Industry on LinkedIn and encourage your audiences to as well to help get the word out!