California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura is looking to fill a vacancy on the Fertilizer Research and Education Technical Advisory Subcommittee. The subcommittee advises the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board on all matters related to the Fertilizer Research and Education Program. The program funds and coordinates research and education to advance environmentally safe use and handling of fertilizing materials.

Applicants for the position should have a scientific and technical expertise in a broad representation of fields, including: fertilizing materials, agronomy, plant physiology, laboratory and field experimental research, organic and conventional agriculture practices, and environmental systems. The term of office for a subcommittee member is three years. Members receive no compensation but are entitled to payment of necessary travel expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.

Individuals interested in being considered for appointment should send a brief resume to Dr. Asif Maan by Aug. 29, 2008 to the California Department of Food and Agriculture; Feed, Fertilizer, Livestock Drugs and Egg Regulatory Services; 1220 ā€˜Nā€™ Street, Sacramento, Calif., 95814 or amaan@cdfa.ca.gov.