CA Agriculture Secretary Ross Joins Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to Assess Imperial Valley Expo Needs

Friday, November 1, 2019

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and CDFA Secretary Ross Touring Imperial Valley Expo

(IMPERIAL, CA) — On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) invited Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to survey the needs of the Imperial Valley Expo.


"We are grateful for the dedicated time and attention Secretary Ross has paid to our Imperial Valley agricultural region. Last year, we successfully secured Proposition 68 funding for Imperial Valley Expo fairground improvements.  After touring the site with the Secretary, we hope to be able to move forward with the state investments needed to conduct critical electrical system and other infrastructure repairs for our beloved expo," stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.


The Imperial Valley serves as California's Forty-Fifth District Agricultural Association, one of fifty-four in the state. The district exists to hold fairs, expositions, and exhibitions to highlight various industries, enterprises, and products such as the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta.


Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia included $18 million for the Division of Fairs and Expositions of the Department of Food and Agriculture in Proposition 68 for fairground facility improvements with specific mention to ours here in Imperial Valley.


During Secretary Ross' tenure, she has remained active in Imperial Valley. Last summer, on July 18, 2018, she and Assemblymember Garcia convened an agriculture roundtable discussion before touring the farms of State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) local grant recipients.