Nothing is sacred when it comes to reducing California's $29 billion budget shortfall.

Among the possible cost-savings state leaders are considering is the elimination of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

The department has an annual budget of about $315 million.

Of that, about $54 million comes from federal funds and another $163 million from user fees collected from the agricultural sector.

The state general fund budget contributes about $98 million, with $66 million directed to plant health and pest prevention, with the remainder going to animal health, emergency activities and  measurement-standard activities.


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