Monday, January 13, 2014

Brown's budget boosts agriculture-related agencies

State agencies that work with farmers and ranchers would get a boost under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture would receive an extra $20 million in cap-and-trade revenue for nitrogen and dairy digester research and development of renewable fuels, Secretary Karen Ross explained on the agency's website.

And the governor's $142.2 million funding increase for the University of California should help the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, although officials don't know yet exactly how the new money would be distributed.

"We're very pleased with the governor's proposed budget and encouraged by the show of support for the university," division vice president Barbara Allen-Diaz said in an email. "UC has always been supportive of UC Cooperative Extension as its representative in communities throughout California."

Allen-Diaz said her office is "committed to rebuilding" the extension and hiring more advisors.

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