Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

This quiet agricultural ‘moonshot’ could change the future of food – from the Washington Post

By Jenna Gallegos The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming … Continue reading

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Don’t Pack a Pest: Traveler education program expands to include SFO

At a news conference today inside San Francisco International Airport (SFO), officials announced the expansion of the successful “Don’t Pack a Pest” traveler awareness campaign into California. “Don’t Pack a Pest” helps protect against invasive species introduction in the U.S. … Continue reading

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New approach would better serve fish and farmers – from Ag Alert

By Justin Frederickson The remarkable success of the Butte Creek project highlighted in this issue represents a microcosm of what the new Resiliency Strategy envisions throughout the Sacramento Valley. And recent developments on the Tuolumne River, for example, suggest something … Continue reading

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One of Silicon Valley’s last orchards continues family farming tradition – from the Mercury News

By Gillian Brassil SUNNYVALE — The summer heat brings folks out for fresh fruit, and Charlie Olson has been in the business for over 70 years, bringing Blenheim apricots to Sunnyvale residents since his family moved to California over a … Continue reading

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Pollinator Week focuses on essential nature of the “B’s”

June 19-25 is “Pollinator Week,” a time to spotlight the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week was originally created by Congress 10 years ago and has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross honors California’s 2017 “Best of Show” winners for commercial wine, beer, cheese and olive oil

On the north steps of the California capitol this morning, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined representatives of the 2017 California State Fair to celebrate with the winners of the annual Commercial Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions. Commercial Beer set a new … Continue reading

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New diagnostic kit for detection of foot-and-mouth disease a valuable tool – from Morning Ag Clips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the licensing of a rapid-response (three-hour) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) diagnostic kit by the USDA.  Developed by a large research consortium of federal agencies, academia and animal health industry scientists, this is … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Markets – from the Growing California video series

As Farmers Markets are flourishing throughout California this summer, here’s an encore presentation from the Growing California video series. Find a Certified Farmers market near you.

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California/Australia climate smart agriculture webinar today

Although California and Australia are in opposite hemispheres, our climates – and the associated challenges — are profoundly similar. As California continues to lead the nation in agricultural production, we must look to our international partners to find innovative ways … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s Summer Food Program Kicks-Off with Tootsie

During the school year, more than 16.9 million children receive free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, only 2.3 million, or about 12 percent, of these young people have … Continue reading

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