Wednesday, May 8, 2013
MAJORITY LEADER ATKINS HONORED AS AGRICULTURE ADVOCATE
(Sacramento) Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego was honored today with the Cornucopia Award from California Women in Agriculture, http://www.cawomen4ag.com/ . The award is given annually to an urban legislator who has demonstrated a willingness to enter into dialogue with agriculture.
“While San Diego is well known as the second largest city in California, what is less well known is that agriculture is a key economic engine for San Diego County,” says Atkins. “I am proud to receive this award and to play a role in enhancing the partnership between urban and rural California, especially by supporting the role of women in agriculture.”
San Diego County has the 12th largest agricultural economy of 3,000 counties nationwide. It also has more small farms than any other county in the nation. San Diego is the number one producer of avocados and nursery crops; number two in acres devoted to guavas, pomegranates, limes, and macadamias; and number 3 in honey production. The county is also first in number of part-time farmers and second nationally in the number of farms with women as the principal operator.
More information about San Diego agriculture is available from the San Diego Farm Bureau, http://www.sdfarmbureau.org/SD-Ag/Ag-Facts.php.