Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission Comes to Sacramento

Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and a group of California agricultural leaders will welcome the Shanghai Municipal Agriculture Commission in Sacramento today.  The delegation of Shanghai government officials, led by Commission Director Sun, is visiting California to learn more about precision agriculture and general agricultural production technologies and practices in the United States.  The group also seeks to expand agricultural trade between are respected countries.

The meeting comes at a welcome time for both sides.  California poultry, berries, and citrus currently are banned by Chinese trade officials, costing California producers millions of dollars a month in lost revenues.

China is one of California’s largest and fasting growing export destinations.  Tree nuts, wine, citrus, table grapes, and dairy are leading exports to China, resulting in more than $2.3 billion in exports for the state.  California farmers and ranchers practice some of the most innovative farming in the world, from the use of “Big Data” to the irrigation technologies and water use efficiency that allow farmers to make the best on-farm choices.  California agricultural players also have struck multiple partnerships with local colleges and universities that assist with critical research needs and applied research that provides access to technologies and practices for our agricultural sector.

Agricultural trade is a top priority for the California-China Office of Trade and Investment.  The growing friendship between California agriculture and the Shanghai Agricultural Commission has been greatly appreciated.  Further, California producers are interested in learning more about the role of local government entities like the Shanghai Agricultural Commission in the implementation of national policy priorities.   The CTO works to support continued collaboration between our two economies to address market access and food safety issues.

Participants on the California side included Secretary Ross, Julie Adams of the Almond Board of California, Jim Cranney of the California Citrus Quality Council, Kasey Cronquist of the Buy California Marketing Agreement, Camron King of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Josette Lewis of the World Food Center at UC Davis, Britt Mills of Foster Farms, Tom O’Brien of Driscoll’s, and Genevieve Herreria, CA-China Office of Trade & Investment.

The Shanghai Municipal Agriculture Commission was Secretary Ross’s official host in April 2013 as part of Governor Brown’s inaugural trade mission to China.  The delegation is arriving and departing Sacramento on the same day, and traveled to Sacramento just for this visit.