Ag commissioners prepare for summit |

Ag commissioners prepare for summit

Nevada County’s ag commissioners hope to corral the agricultural community for an “ag summit” this spring.

The county agricultural advisory commission is considering putting on a one-day symposium in March, said Richard Sywulka, chairman of the agricultural advisory commission.

Commissioners envision sessions in which farmers and ranchers break up into discussion groups on four or five main topics to be decided upon.

Commissioners also hope to add four new positions to their five-member group and to meet monthly instead of quarterly. Those changes will have to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, Sywulka said.

“We’re all-volunteer, with zero budget,” he said by way of warning to potential applicants.

Interested persons can apply at the supervisors’ office, if the board approves adding the posts.

Jim Bierwagen resigned late last year, creating a vacancy. Commissioner Ed Mertens Wednesday said he plans to resign in the near future because he has moved out of Nevada County.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley.

– Grace Karpa

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