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

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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Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Mission – Secretary Ross and Ag delegation in Australia

CANBERRA, the Australian capital: A number of us were late in arriving to Canberra because of weather delays while traveling. So we made a quick turnaround to join up with the rest of the delegation and our hosts for day-one of … Continue reading

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More than a slogan – The urgent need to work together for a better water future

Earlier this week I joined people representing a diverse group of interests for a panel discussion about water. The event, in Clovis, was organized by Sustainable Conservation, and its title, The Common Good: Working Together for a Secure Water Future, represents … Continue reading

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Spray Safe program shows Ag’s commitment to safety, responsibility

I had an opportunity this week to travel to Santa Maria, where the Santa Barbara County agricultural commissioner‘s office, the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau, and Allen Hancock College worked together to present the Spray Safe program for pesticide application. More than … Continue reading

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