Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

Video – SWEEP saves water (and reduces GHG emissions)

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Late winter storms fall short of “March Miracle” in Sierra – from the Sacramento Bee

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler  March’s powerful storms may have saved California from having one of the worst wet seasons on record, but the state’s Sierra snowpack still remains well below average. April 1 is considered the official end … Continue reading

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Is global public will enough to end hunger? From Agri-Pulse

By Ertharin Cousin Global public will alone will not end hunger. Increased donor support—while necessary to address immediate emergency food needs—will not create the food system improvements required for ending global hunger. Yes, even in 2016—after several years of decline—the … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau, NBA coach team-up for Farm Day

During the week that Ag Day was celebrated in California–last week–the California Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom teamed up with Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger for the first “Farm Day” in Sacramento.  CDFA Secretary Karen Ross was invited … Continue reading

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Here’s why California farmers are the toughest of all – Slide Show from Farm Futures

By Mike Wilson Drought. Regulations. Migrant labor under scrutiny. Complex water rights. Urban encroachment. And now, frost. In a high-stakes farm profit game, California farmers face these challenges and more with grit, smarts and determination. Last week (the week of … Continue reading

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Meet Generation Z – from Food Business News

“Real food” is the rallying cry of Generation Z grocery shoppers, according to a recent report from The NPD Group. Gen Z, those born between 1997 and the present, represent 27 percent of the U.S. population. They have higher consumption … Continue reading

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USDA announces funding in support of veterans and socially-disadvantaged farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the … Continue reading

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Fresno State study examines economic impact of strawberries – from the Business Journal

By David Castellon Fresno State researchers have concluded that non-farm workers and businesses that contribute to strawberry production, packing and distribution in five Southern California counties generate more than $2.7 billion in revenues annually.   The study, commissioned by the … Continue reading

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A look back at Ag Day 2018

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CDFA to receive $14.8 million in Farm Bill funding for pest projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $14.8 million to California from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and … Continue reading

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