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

Dutch agricultural counsel visits CDFA

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Marianne Vaes, Agricultural Counselor for the embassy of the Netherlands in Washington DC. Counselor Vaes was here with her advisor Caroline Feitel to build upon our close relationship with the Netherlands. After … Continue reading

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Happy National Farmers Day From CDFA!

  By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Here in California, harvest is practically a rolling, year-round occurrence. It’s just one of the many blessings of this wonderful place if you’re a farmer. It’s fitting, though, that National Farmers Day comes at … Continue reading

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Science and can-do spirit intersect impressively in Southern California pest programs

A trip to Southern California this week was a welcome reminder of the remarkable work our employees do to protect us from threats posed by invasive species. My first stop was the joint CDFA/USDA Medfly Preventative Release Program in Los … Continue reading

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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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