Sustainable Produce and Dairy Policy

SAN LUIS OBISPO, C.A. Feb. 4, 2013�"The Cal Poly Brock Center for Agricultural Communication will host an agricultural forum discussion with three panelists on February 27, 2013. The event takes place from 6:00-­‐8:30 p.m. in the Cal Poly Pavilion, building six, room 128 and is open to the public. Panelists will discuss the implications of California sustainable agriculture policies, each from their own perspective. The panelists include sustainable agriculture award recipient Dino Giacomazzi, food safety consultant April Mackie and Honorable Dr. Sam Blakeslee.

The event will begin with a presentation of the impact of food safety policy in the produce industry by April Mackie. Mackie is a professional food safety and farm programs consultant. She has worked with Ocean Mist Farms and Martin Jefferson & Sons. Mackie is the Vice Chair of Finance for the Monterey County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Dino Giacomazzi will then discuss food safety’s role in sustainable agriculture. Giacomazzi is the fourth generation to manage his family’s dairy farm founded in 1893. Giacomazzi was the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award recipient for California. He writes the Tech Talk column for Dairy Today Magazine and his personal blog, which states he is “saving the world one cow pie at a time” can be found at:

Honorable Dr. Sam Blakeslee will present about the responsibility of legislation in agriculture. Blakeslee is the former Republican California State Senator representing California’s 15th State Senate district. He previously served as a California State Assemblyman from California’s 33rd State Assembly district, and as former State Assembly Republican Leader.

The forum will conclude with an open discussion between audience and panel members. The mission of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication is to create a bridge of communication between the agricultural industry, the media and the public. More information about the Brock Center and the upcoming forum can be found at:

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM



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