Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

Video: Maximizing Cover Crop Benefits for Growers – from NRCS & AgNet West

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Lockeford Plant Materials Center conducts trials year-round to find plants and mixes that producers can successfully use to improve their soils. Lockeford PMC Manager Margaret Smither-Kopperl talked about the multiple benefits cover crops can have and how … Continue reading

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Precision AgTech Keeps Food Fresh From Farm to Fork – from IQ by Intel

Food cold chain technologies such as computer vision, artificial intelligence and data analysis are tracking fresh produce from the farm to trucks to stores in an effort to reduce food waste. The moment a strawberry is picked in the field, … Continue reading

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Grill like a pro! Food safety tips for the holiday period

  July 4 is right around the corner and for the estimated 80 percent of households that own grills or smokers, that means one thing – barbeques.  Grill masters can make sure they don’t leave their diners with a nasty … Continue reading

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State Budget for 2018-‘19 includes $671.7 million for CDFA

The $201.3 billion 2018-‘19 state budget signed yesterday by Governor Brown includes $671.7 million for CDFA. “This is a budget that is focused on the challenges and opportunities in the future for California agriculture,” said CDFA secretary Karen Ross. ” … Continue reading

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CDFA, NRCS and Ag Council come together for healthy soils tour

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross recently joined growers, industry representatives and partners from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a healthy soils tour in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The goal of the event was to bring together various stakeholders … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross, USDA secretary Perdue cross paths in Chicago

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A look at the plastics problem; tips for recycling food containers – from Modern Farmer

Recycling plastic is a no-brainer these days. Theoretically, it should be pretty easy. Use up the product, rinse out the container, toss it in the recycling bin. Voila! Off it goes to its inevitable reincarnation. Simple, right? Not so fast. … Continue reading

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CDFA-funded dairy digester project by Calgren Dairy Fuels wins industry award

Funded by California Climate Investments, CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To date, CDFA has awarded $8.2 million to six DDRDP … Continue reading

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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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