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Ag summit in Chico to address drought problems

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 14 2014 08:59:02 AM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico's Sierra Nevada Brewery will play host to an important gathering Monday.  An agricultural summit organized by the California Community Colleges is designed to help the agricultural community learn about options available that can help relieve the financial stress brought on by the effects of the drought.

The event will bring together local legislators and agricultural producers, processors, and service providers to see how to mitigate the effects of this devastating drought.  There will also be discussion about education, and economic and workforce development to see how to work together to curb unemployment in the agricultural sector.

Congressman LaMalfa and State Senator Jim Nielsen will speak at the agriculture symposium

This year's historic drought will negatively impact the North State's agricultural community for years to come. The State Water Control Board's zero allocation from the State's Water Project to agriculture is especially worrisome to farmers and ranchers.

The objective is for lawmakers, agricultural producers, processors and service providers to work together to curb unemployment related to the drought.

Other speakers include Community Colleges Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan, and representatives from the California Employment Training Panel, USDA Farm Service Agency, Site Reservoir JPA and the Shasta and Tehama County Farm Bureaus.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Reservations are required.