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Media Advisory: Congressman Carbajal Headlines Santa Maria Outreach Conference for Latino Growers

Media Advisory

Media Contact: Christine Chavez
Cellphone: (213) 216-3519

WHAT: Congressman Carbajal (D – Santa Barbara) will open California’s fourth annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference, to be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Santa Maria, Calif. This annual conference is unique in that it brings together Latino farmers to learn about conservation, best business practices and most importantly to network with one another.

Hispanic farmers and ranchers are the largest growing demographic of agriculture operators in California, and this conference aims to help Hispanic farmers and ranchers share, learn and grow in their native language.

Hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the conference is open to all farmers and ranchers, yet is tailored towards Spanish-speaking growers. The program will be translated into English, with translation headsets. Conducting the conference in Spanish will provide an enriched learning experience for much of the targeted Latino audience.

Six educational workshops will follow Congressman Carbajal’s remarks and an opening keynote address by farmers from Rancho La Familia Farm, vegetable and strawberry growers from Santa Maria. The workshops will be held in two 90-minute blocks.

WHO: Approximately 200 Latino farmers and ranchers will be in attendance. California State Conservationist Carlos Suarez will also give opening remarks to the farmers.

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Radisson Hotel Santa Maria. 3455 Skyway Dr., Santa Maria, Calif.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Media are encouraged to attend the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. One-on-one interviews with conference staff and select attendees are available throughout the day. Please contact Christine Chavez (USDA) with media questions at (213) 216-3519.