Welcome to the Senate Committee on Agriculture

Teleconference Instructions:


Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.

Senate Committee on Agriculture call-in information for hearing on:

Participant number:     Access Code: 

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” or “Opposition” of the bill to please press 1-0.   You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator. When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions


                                   POSITION LETTERS

Support and Opposition Letters for Upcoming Hearings

  • Position letters are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday of the week prior to the hearing.
    • Must be on letterhead with signature and title of an official of the organization.
    • Coalition letters must have signatures and titles for all organizations.
    • Letters of conditional support/opposition will not be listed on the analysis.
    • Letters must clearly indicate position (“We have concerns” is not clear).
    • Letters must be addressed to the author of the bill or the Senate Agriculture Committee when submitted. Letters addressed to other committees of reference will be accepted only if submitted directly to the Senate Agriculture Committee. 
  • Submit letters only once unless bill is amended “substantially” after original letter sent, causing uncertainty as to your organization’s present position.
  • Please submit position letters by clicking on the “Submit Position Letter” icon below.
    • If you're unable to, please call the Agriculture Committee at (916) 651-1508.)
For information on how to submit a position letter, please see the directions below:

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter



The Capitol and O Street building is open for in-person attendance of committee hearings.  Please utilize the teleconference service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

The Senate strongly recommends that all members of the public wear a mask in all shared spaces in the Capitol and the 1021 O Street building. Masks are available at all security entrances.

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

JURISDICTION:  Bills relating to agriculture.

Committee Members:

Senator Melissa Hurtado (Chair)
Senator Shannon Grove (Vice Chair)
Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil
Senator Steve Padilla

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