SACRAMENTO — The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss agricultural labor issues, rural job development and opportunities for career technical education at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday in Sacramento. Over the next 5-10 years on-farm automation and research will impact the agricultural sector – creating a need for rural job development and technical training for farm workers in communities across the state.

 The meeting will be held from 10a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento.

“Immigration policy, labor shortages and higher costs are drivers of change on farms, dairies and processing plants,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Beyond the acute labor shortages of today, the innovation of farmers, ranchers and rural communities requires investment in automation and research to meet the workforce training and skills development needs of the next decade and sustain the vitality of the agricultural economy.”

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