Author Archives: Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Public-Private Partnership Creates @the Grounds in Placer County

The invitation for the ‘Grand Reveal’ this morning in Roseville promised: “See what happens when you take 60 acres, stir in $10 million, and toss for 304 days!”  I was happy to make the drive to Placer County to learn … Continue reading

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Reflections on Earth Day and the role of farmers and ranchers

As Earth Day was celebrated this weekend, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I am to have grown up on a farm with a dad who inspired me with his love for the land.  His life-long curiosity led … Continue reading

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California Grown goes to Disneyland

When it comes to featuring nutritious California-grown foods, two of the best built-in ambassadors we have are in Anaheim – Disneyland and the California Adventure park. They host millions of visitors from around the world every year, providing an excellent … Continue reading

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China’s retaliatory tariffs could have a negative impact on California’s farmers and ranchers

In response to the federal government’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, China has ordered retaliatory tariffs on about $2 billion worth of U.S. food and agricultural exports, which could have a significant negative impact on California’s … Continue reading

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Farmers for America – a movie about the present and the future

On Ag Day last week, the Center for Land Based Learning hosted a screening of a wonderful film, “Farmers for America,” created by Graham Meriwether and narrated by the excellent Mike Rowe. It’s a film I hope more organizations will … Continue reading

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Ag Day highlights importance of Climate Smart Ag programs to California’s future

Our annual Ag Day is today (March 20) at the State Capitol, and our theme this year, “Climate Smart – California Grown,” is far more than a slogan. It’s actually a key part of the road map for the future … Continue reading

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A big thank you to California state employees for 2017 food donations

The final numbers for 2017 State Employees Food Drive are in and we are very pleased to note an increase in food donations compared to 2016! CDFA and its Office of Farm to Fork coordinated the food drive from late … Continue reading

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Saying farewell to a friend of agriculture

One person can make a difference and sometimes we don’t have the time to say goodbye. It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our dear colleague and friend from the Netherlands, Mr. Ton Akkerman who passed away suddenly … Continue reading

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How dairy farmers are helping us meet our climate goals

Each time I drive through California’s Central Valley I am in awe of how much food it produces. The Valley is responsible for almost 10 percent of the country’s agriculture value and is home to many of California’s most productive dairies. … Continue reading

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After the Thomas Fire: growers inspire with resiliency, optimism

The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroying more … Continue reading

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