Now is the time to consider an internship at CDFA, and with it an opportunity to be part of an agency that supports one of the greatest food production systems in the world.
With 80,500 farms and ranches, California agriculture is a $50 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity. CDFA’s mission is, “To serve the citizens of California by promoting and protecting a safe, healthy food supply; and enhancing local and global agricultural trade through efficient management, innovation, and sound science; with a commitment to environmental stewardship.”
CDFA strives to support innovation and agricultural diversity. One way to support these efforts is through working with future generations of agriculturalists. The CDFA Internship Program is designed for college students of all majors and backgrounds who have an interest in agriculture, California government, and public service. Internships are for students looking to gain a better understanding of California agriculture, as well as the role CDFA has among the state’s agricultural systems. Internships are available in a variety of divisions within CDFA.
Internships are available to students year-round and generally last 10-16 weeks. Students should be available for at least 8 — 10 hours per week, up to 30 hours per week, depending on the internship offered.
USDA secretary Sonny Perdue is making available an additional $45 million to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and its partners to address the ongoing virulent Newcastle disease (VND) outbreak in Southern California. This funding will allow APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to strengthen their joint efforts to stop the spread of this disease and prevent it from affecting additional commercial flocks.
“Virulent Newcastle disease is a serious concern for our nation’s poultry industry and we need to step up our response in order to keep this disease out of additional commercial flocks,” said Greg Ibach, USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. “At this point, the trade impacts of this outbreak are minimal because APHIS has negotiated agreements with many countries to promote the principle of regionalization, or limiting trade restrictions to areas affected by outbreaks rather than entire States or the entire country. However, if VND were to spread into additional commercial flocks – in California or other states – the impacts could increase substantially.”
“I want to thank Secretary Perdue and USDA
for making additional resources available to fight this highly-contagious poultry
disease,” said Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and
Agriculture. “The strong partnership
between USDA and CDFA, local government, industry and homeowners is the united
stand we need. With everyone’s full effort we can eradicate this
disease, just like we did in 2003.”
It is vital that USDA and CDFA put more responders on the ground to increase surveillance and detection in backyard flocks; ensure rapid euthanasia of likely-exposed birds; implement wider mandatory surveillance on commercial farms and help ensure that they are enhancing biosecurity in light of the increased threat; and increase outreach to backyard flock owners.
USDA will also work with CDFA on several steps to
strengthen the response and prevent additional disease spread. These include:
Ensuring any poultry, poultry products and poultry materials that move out of affected areas will be done with a permit;
Enforcing the quarantines and mandatory fallow periods for backyard locations to ensure the disease is eliminated before new birds are allowed onsite; and
Rapid euthanasia of likely-exposed birds.
The $45 million USDA will use for these efforts is being reallocated from emergency funds transferred to USDA, but not used during the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak response in 2014-2015. USDA will routinely reassess this plan and readjust tactics as needed. The goal remains to rid Southern California of VND, while protecting the rest of the country’s poultry from the disease.
CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined in the “Sacramento Farm Day” festivities today, hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. The event, presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, brings in about 1,000 students and teachers who rotate through several stations to learn about agricultural subjects ranging from pollinators and nutrition to raising livestock and maintaining the health of our soils.
Raley’s partners with the event, providing lunch for the students through the company’s Food for Families program. The Dave Joerger Foundation (coach of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings) also supports Farm Day, and Coach Dave came out to make the rounds with Secretary Ross and Farm Bureau Administrator Jim Houston.
Happy Ag Day! The California Department of Food and Agriculture hosts Agriculture Day at the Capitol each Spring in partnership with California Women for Agriculture and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
This year’s theme was “Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Agriculture Leadership” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the creation of CDFA by the California Legislature, as well as the centennials of many other agricultural organizations.
Ag Day is an annual celebration recognizing California’s agricultural community by showcasing the bounty of crops and commodities produced in our state. It is also a day for farmers and ranchers to show their appreciation by bringing together state legislators, government leaders and the public for agricultural education.
CDFA Secretary Karen Ross today at agency headquarters with the Allen Hancock College Young Farmers and Ranchers Club, from Santa Barbara County. The group is in town for Ag Day festivities tomorrow at the State Capitol and has scheduled a series of meetings with state leaders. Secretary Ross: “It was great to meet so many enthusiastic young people and hear about their aspirations in agriculture. My congratulations to them, to Allen Hancock College, and to the Farm Bureau for organizing the first college-level young farmers and ranchers club in California!”