Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

The internet of cows arrives in Canada – from Huddle

By Ross Marowitz, The Canadian Press Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made−in−Canada artificial intelligence−powered systems. AI is now helping farmers across the country … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross Celebrates Winners of the California State Fair Best of Show Awards

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross joined representatives of the California State Fair on the State Capitol’s west steps earlier today to recognize the Best of Show winners from the 2018 Commercial Wine, Beer, Cheese, and Extra Virgin Olive … Continue reading

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As carbon dioxide levels rise, major crops are losing nutrients – from NPR

By Merritt Kennedy Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated. As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the … Continue reading

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CDFA joins California Citrus Mutual at third annual Citrus Stride

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross joined members of the public, citrus farmers and food bank advocates today at the State Capitol to celebrate the third annual Citrus Stride – a one mile walk around Capitol Park to raise awareness about hunger and celebrate the positive impact … Continue reading

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Farmers in berry country get innovative to save water – from News Deeply

By Kristen James RED AND PURPLE berries ripening in vast fields. The sun shining in a blue sky as workers in broad-brimmed hats pluck the best berries from the strawberry tufts and blackberry vines. The bucolic scene in Ventura County along … Continue reading

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Pollinator Week – June 18-24, 2018

June 18-24 is “Pollinator Week,” a time to spotlight the need to maintain pollinator health, including the serious issue of declining bee populations. Pollinator Week was originally created by Congress 11 years ago and has now grown into an international … Continue reading

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Horse Owners Urged to Check West Nile Virus Vaccine Status

As the weather warms up and mosquitoes become more prevalent, California horse owners are advised to consult their veterinarian to ensure their horse’s vaccination status is current for maximum protection against West Nile Virus. Even though the disease peaked in … Continue reading

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Applications being accepted for 2018 Leopold Conservation Award

Know of a Golden State landowner who’s a conservation leader in your community? Or, maybe you’re that leader! Nominate a friend, colleague, or yourself for the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award. Over 50 percent of all land in California is … Continue reading

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A Vineyard Fight Nearly Won – from Wines & Vines

Vineyard View: Success against Pierce’s disease show the value of funding research By Cliff Ohmart San Rafael, Calif.—In 1999, vine deaths in large portions of vineyard acreage in Temecula made it clear to the California wine industry and state, local … Continue reading

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Eat your (frozen) vegetables – they’re good for you. From The Business Journals

By Anne Stych If you think frozen vegetables are only good as a makeshift ice pack, think again. Putting those peas and carrots in your stomach instead of on your swollen knee will give you a nutritional boost almost equal … Continue reading

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