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AM Alert: California agriculture board goes to Tijuana to consider ‘cross-border’ opportunities

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will tour the border facility in Otay Mesa before meeting in Tijuana to discuss agricultural trade and immigration issues.
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will tour the border facility in Otay Mesa before meeting in Tijuana to discuss agricultural trade and immigration issues. The Associated Press

Lawmakers on their spring recess are not the only state officials venturing abroad this week. The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is in Mexico today for its monthly meeting.

After visiting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Otay Mesa in the morning, the board will meet at 1 p.m. at the World Trade Center Tijuana to discuss agricultural trade and workforce immigration issues, as well as “cross-border cooperation” with Mexico. The board will hear from U.S. and Mexican agriculture officials, agricultural companies and immigrant rights advocates, among others.

The board will head back across the border to continue their meeting on Wednesday, 9 a.m. at the San Diego Regional Water Resources Control Board headquarters.

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