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

Proposed CDFA budget for 2018-2019 demonstrates steady course for agency and California

Governor Brown’s proposed budget of $488 million for the California Department of Food and Agriculture for 2018-2019 reflects his emphasis on steady growth while maintaining a sufficient rainy day fund. Some key CDFA proposals are as follows: Use of Antimicrobial … Continue reading

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Remembering Christmases on the Farm

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross As Christmas approaches this year, I’ve been on the road quite a bit and I’ve spoken with a lot of farmers and their families. On the drive back from Monterey, and before that from Napa … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture – Chile trip concludes

We ended our Climate Smart Agriculture delegation visit last week by visiting the La Serena region of Chile. This region, North of Santiago, is a cool season agricultural region very similar to Ventura and Salinas, California. This region received little rain during … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere: irrigation efficiency and other adaptations in Chile

Irrigation efficiency, water conservation and water management are three terms that resonated over and over as we visited specialty crop farms and talked to water managers during our ongoing visit to Chile. These are important issues that Chile and California … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere – Secretary Ross in Chile

Chile is a perfect climate analogue to California with its own central valley and an abundance of specialty crops. Like California, it relies on snow melt to irrigate crops, it produces world-famous wines, and it supports vibrant cities like Santiago, … Continue reading

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A welcome first visit to California from USDA secretary Sonny Perdue

I was pleased to travel to Modesto on Sunday (Nov 5) to meet with USDA secretary Sonny Perdue on his first official visit to California!  We had a great discussion about Farm Bill programs important to California and other issues like … Continue reading

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Agricultural commissioners bring tremendous value in unique partnership with California

California’s agricultural commissioners are holding their annual fall conference this week in Sacramento. I was honored to be able to spend some time with them and remind them yet again how much we appreciate the unique partnership we enjoy with … Continue reading

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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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