Merkley named Farm Bureau director of water resources
» December 18, 2007 «
Experience as a farmer and as a liaison with state regulatory agencies led Daniel Merkley to his new post as legislative director of water resources for the California Farm Bureau Federation.
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Merkley will represent Farm Bureau before the state Legislature on the full array of policy issues related to water development and water quality.
"Danny Merkley brings a valuable combination of agricultural, regulatory and political experience that will serve our members well," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said.
Merkley worked as agricultural liaison with the State Water Resources Control Board, where he specialized on water quality issues and carried farmers' and ranchers' concerns to the regional and state water boards. Previously, he served as agricultural commissioner liaison with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Most recently, he was district director for Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River.
Merkley grew up and worked on the family farm in Dixon and is a former member of the Solano County Farm Bureau board of directors. He has also been active in a number of other agricultural and community organizations and graduated from the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 91,000 members statewide.
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