The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing vacancies on two advisory boards within the Inspection Services Division. CDFA’s Inspection Services Division protects consumers and the marketplace through inspection of fruit, vegetables and eggs as well as through regulation of commercial feed and agricultural inputs (fertilizers and livestock drugs). Member vacancies are available on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board and the Feed Inspection Advisory Board.

The Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to the Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program. The program ensures that consumers receive fertilizing materials that are safe and effective and the meet the quality guaranteed by the manufacturer. One public member vacancy is available. Applicants should not hold a current California Fertilizing Materials License or be a representative of a licensed fertilizer firm.

The Feed Inspection Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to the Feed Inspection Program. The program ensures that feed manufacturers provide a clean and wholesome product to consumers. Four member vacancies are available on the advisory board for commercial feed industry representatives. Applicants should hold a current California Commercial Feed License.

The term of office for advisory board members is three years. Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.

Individuals interested in serving on advisory board should send a resume by Dec. 31, 2009, to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Feed, Fertilizer, Livestock Drugs and Egg Regulatory Services Branch, 1220 ‘N’ Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-5607, Attention: Dr. Asif A. Maan.

For additional information on CDFA’s Inspection Services Division and associated advisory boards, please contact Mr. Dale Rice at (916) 445-0444 or e-mail (drice@cdfa.ca.gov).