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

Secretary Ross reflects on visit to Wine Country fire zones

Over the weekend I traveled with Governor Brown and Senators Feinstein and Harris to Santa Rosa for meetings with local elected officials and a community town hall meeting. This is a remarkable community and the message delivered was that we … Continue reading

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A message from Secretary Ross – CDFA, colleagues thank Undersecretary Jim Houston for his service to agriculture community

CDFA staff members joined with colleagues from partner agencies and the agriculture community to say a fond “farewell” to Undersecretary Jim Houston on Thursday (9-28) at CDFA Headquarters. We wished him well as he and his family look forward to … Continue reading

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Statement by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on Naming Nick Condos Interim Director of the state’s Citrus Disease and Pest Prevention Program

I am pleased to announce that Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services director Nick Condos has been assigned to lead the department’s Citrus Disease and Pest Prevention Program, as its interim director. During his 23 years with CDFA, Nick has … Continue reading

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Cultivators of Change – celebrating our shared diversity

Earlier this month I had pleasure to speak before the Cultivating Change Summit in Sacramento. The summit brought together LGBT agriculturalists from around the world who are working toward an equitable industry environment that is inclusive of all. It was a … Continue reading

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We’re all in this together – honoring CDFA employees during Public Service Recognition Week

Note – Public Service Recognition Week is May 7-13. That’s right, we’re all in this together. The dedicated public servants of CDFA work tirelessly to fulfill an essential function – assisting farmers and ranchers in producing quality agricultural products, including … Continue reading

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California and Australia – a continuing partnership

Our visit to Australia was another step in furthering California’s commitment on climate smart agriculture. The trip not only allowed us the opportunity to meet with government officials and academia, but also to see on-farm adaptations related to water management … Continue reading

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Wines and climate adaptation – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: Our trip to Australia included a trip near the village of of Yenda, for a tour with the irrigation, energy and wastewater management team for Casella Family Brands, the owners of Yellow Tail and Peter Lehmann wines, … Continue reading

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A sweet farewell – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: One of our last stops in Australia was so fun – Ferrero Rocher, the world’s third largest confectionary!! Claudio Cavallini, general manager of the company’s Australian agriculture program, welcomed us to the 2,000-hectare property -a former cattle ranch … Continue reading

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Citrus Down Under – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: Australian farmers grow some of the same specialty crops as we do in California, including citrus. Frank Mercuri, chairman of Pacific Fresh, hosted us for a tour of as citrus packing house and an orchard. Pacific Fresh is … Continue reading

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Impressions of a vast, dry continent – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: On this day we left Canberra at 7am and traveled south and west to what is known as “irrigation country.” The scenery reminds me of a drive from Sacramento to Ione (Amador County). Our stops included a … Continue reading

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