Modestan is in charge of pesticide regulation

Gov. Schwarzenegger has appointed Chris Reardon of Modesto as chief deputy director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Reardon, 47, has been acting chief deputy director since last year and was the agency's director of legislation and regulation since 2003.

Reardon managed Democrat Rusty Areias' campaign for the state Senate in 2002. From 1996 to 2002, he was executive director of the Manufacturers Council of the Central Valley. From 1994 to 1996, he was chief of staff for Assemblyman Sal Cannella, D-Ceres. The chief deputy director position pays $117,060 a year.

The FFA chapter at Turlock High School will hold a fund-raising breakfast Sunday, featuring all the pancakes you can eat. It will run from 7 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at the school, 1600 E. Canal Drive. Tickets are $5. Children under 6 are free.

Today is the last day of Food Checkout Week, a tribute to the ability of U.S. farmers to produce inexpensive food. The typical American needs to work just five weeks to earn enough money to buy a year's worth of food, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Hence, the observance in early February.

The group said this milestone will not be reached until Feb. 20 in Japan, April 5 in China and July 20 in Indonesia.

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