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Cannella to install Merced chamber officers, gets two bills approved in committee

State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) will tomorrow attend the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce’s 75th Anniversary Installation Dinner, where he will celebrate the swearing in of David Melin as incoming president and five new members of the 2011-2012 Chamber Board of Directors.

The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at the Vista at Red Rock Ranch, 7326 East State Highway 140, Merced 95340.

Separately, two agriculture industry-sponsored bills authored by Cannella, Senate Bill 513 and Senate Bill 707, were today approved by the Assembly Agriculture Committee. SB 513 continues the Certified Farmers Market program and re-instates an industry-funded rendering licensing and enforcement program at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). SB 707 expands the Foundation Plant Services program at UC Davis to include oil olive trees.

“Agriculture is the bedrock of our state’s economy. The continued success of this $35 billion industry is dependent in large part on being able to provide growers and consumers access to the highest quality products,” said Cannella. “SB 513 and SB 707 bolster our continuing efforts to ensure California-grown products are successful in the global marketplace, and I appreciate my colleagues’ support for these two bills.”

Before being heard today, SB 513 was amended to extend the sunset date for the Certified Farmers Market program to 2012 and to establish the Rendering Industry Advisory Board, which will have seven industry representatives appointed by the CDFA secretary.

SB 513 and SB 707 were both approved unanimously by the Assembly Agriculture Committee, Cannella's office said in a news release.