The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has six vacancies on its California Citrus Advisory Committee.

The committee makes recommendations to the CDFA secretary on the citrus program, the annual budget, and the fees to provide adequate inspection services.

The vacancies are for two handler and four producer positions.

Two producers must be engaged in the production of Navel or Valencia oranges in the San Joaquin Valley, one producer must be engaged in the production of lemons, and one producer must be engaged in the production of Mandarin citrus.

One of the two handler vacancies must be engaged in the handling of lemons in Ventura County.

The term of office for a committee member is two years. Members receive no compensation, but are reimbursed for necessary travel expenses.

Individuals interested in an appointment as a committee member should send a letter of consideration and a letter of recommendation from a citrus producer, packer, or handler. Nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.

Nominations can be mailed to the Inspection and Compliance Branch, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The department’s citrus program ensures that consumers can purchase and enjoy nutritious California citrus by maintaining minimum maturity and quality standards in terms of size, color, and sugar content.

California citrus is known for its high quality and the citrus program works to maintain this reputation.

For more information, contact Steve Patton at (916) 445-2180, ext. 3512 or spatton@cdfa.ca.gov.