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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board’s (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning efficient use of fertilizing materials and irrigation water. TASC members assist in setting research priorities for the FREP Grant Program, review and recommend research and outreach proposals to FIAB for funding, and advise on FREP activities.

FREP is funded through a mill assessment on the sale of fertilizing materials and sponsors and facilitates research to improve proper use of fertilizing materials in agriculture. The program serves growers, agricultural supply and service professionals, extension personnel, public agencies, consultants and the public.

The TASC vacancies are for two member positions and one member position who also is a FIAB member. Applicants must demonstrate technical, applied and scientific expertise in the fields of agronomy, soil science, plant science, production agriculture and environmental issues related to inefficient use of fertilizers in California.

The term of office for subcommittee members is three years. Members receive no compensation but are entitled to payment of necessary travel expenses. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment should send a resume or curriculum vitae (two page maximum) and a Prospective Member Appointment Questionnaire ( to The application deadline is August 15, 2022.

For further information about FREP, please contact FREP staff at or visit

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