Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

Nine ways millennials are changing the way we eat – from the Washington Post

By Cara Rosenbloom If you’ve noticed a positive change in food trends over the last 10 years, thank a millennial. Loosely defined as people born from the early 1980s until about 2004, millennials are the largest U.S. age demographic, and … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross meets with Canadian Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay

Today, Secretary Ross met with Minister Lawrence MacAulay,  Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, reaffirming the strong and collaborative trade relationship between the two governments. Canada is California’s second largest export destination for agriculture products, valued at more than $3.4 billion. … Continue reading

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Beginning Farmer Training Program moves forward – from AgNetWest

Note – This beginning farmer training program received funding from CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. A recently developed beginning farmer training program has officially been approved by the California State Division of Apprenticeship Standards.  The California Farm Academy Beginning … Continue reading

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Citrus Biological Control Task Force wins integrated pest management award

From a California Department of Pesticide Regulation news release The California Citrus Research Board (CRB) has received an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Award for its work in establishing biological controls for the Asian citrus psyllid. The awards, bestowed annually … Continue reading

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Jenny Lester Moffitt appointed CDFA Undersecretary

 

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Farming, a family tradition – from the Visalia Times-Delta

By Danielle A. Martin Rick Borges knew at a young age that he was going to be a farmer. It was something his great grandfather, grandfather and father did before him. “As I grew up, raised on the farm, every … Continue reading

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USDA, dairy industry in partnership to promote and enhance environmental sustainability

USDA News Release U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the … Continue reading

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How flower companies prepare Valentine’s Day bouquets for delivery to your doorstep – video from AccuWeather.com

Note – According to the California Cut Flower Commission, roughly 99 percent of the roses sold in the US are imported. Link to AccuWeather

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Beyond cryptocurrency: blockchain technology brings changes to food system – from PBS

By Leah Shaffer This past holiday season, I met the farmer who raised my Thanksgiving turkey. I didn’t go to his farm, though, nor did I run into him at a farmers’ market. Rather, I tracked him down using a … Continue reading

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USDA-NASS releases preliminary grape crush report

From the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service: The 2017 crush totaled 4,233,288 tons, up less than half of a percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at … Continue reading

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