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Friend Of Farm Bureau Award Presented To Alvarado-Gil
Surrounded by representatives of the California Farm Bureau, area Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil, center, was recently presented with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award for her work on behalf of the state’s farmers and ranchers. Photo Contributed

Members of the California Farm Bureau leadership team visited Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil at her Capitol office earlier this month to formally present her with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. The award was given in recognition of her outstanding services, devoted to protecting agriculture and supporting California’s farmers and ranchers.

Senator Alvarado-Gil serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, ensuring the voices of the agriculture community in Senate District 4 are at the table. In her first months in office, the Senator has taken many actions to support the agriculture community including:

Sponsored CA SR22 declaring March 21, 2023 be recognized as California Agriculture Day to commemorate the crucial need and importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Primary Sponsor CA SCR19 which proclaimed February 16, 2023 as California Almond Day to recognize and highlight not only that 90 percent of the 7,600 almond farms in California are family owned and made, but they are also beneficial for health reasons.

Introduced SB 470 Water: Urban Water Community Drought Relief program: Small Community Drought Relief program: high fire hazard and very high fire hazard severity zones.

Introduced SB 624 Fairs which would increase the amount of total gross receipts required to be included in the next annual Governor’s budget for use by the Department of Food and Agriculture and transferred to the Fair and Exposition Fund.

Senator Alvarado-Gil and her team attended a total of 26 Fair days providing resources to constituents and supporting the local agriculture communities.

$40 Million for the Food Production Investment Program at California Energy Commission. This substantial investment will bolster food production initiatives, promoting sustainability and innovation in the agricultural sector across the district.

California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson shared: “On behalf of the farmers and ranchers of California, I want to thank Senator Alvarado-Gil for her steadfast support of the farming community. Because of champions like her, hardworking farmers and ranchers have more opportunities to continue feeding Californians.”

Senator Alvarado-Gil, in accepting the award, said: “I am honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. Farming is vital to our economy and way of life in Senate District 4. I thank the California Farm Bureau for their support and look forward to the work ahead.”

Senator Alvarado-Gil represents the 4th Senate District including the counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne.