Author Archives: State Board of Food and Agriculture President Craig McNamara

Update to California Ag Vision Released – Framework for Future Action by the California State Board of Food and Agriculture

From water to labor, the dynamics of farming and ranching continue to change. In this environment, building meaningful relationships is critical to telling the story of California agriculture. I truly believe that California is a better place to live, because … Continue reading

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State Board Meeting Highlights the Need for Agricultural Research to Meet Grower Requirements

This week’s meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture focused on agricultural research and how the state can best position itself to meet future research needs.  With increasing on-farm challenges, research institutions need to be flexible and … Continue reading

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Hunger and Food Access in the Central Valley

Yesterday, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture convened in Fresno to discuss the issue of hunger and food access in the Central Valley. It’s shocking, that the most productive agricultural region in the United States also has one … Continue reading

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Nitrogen management – a key issue in farming

Nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient for food crops, is a hot topic right now in California agriculture. Next week, a team of university researchers is scheduled to release a report on nitrate in groundwater in the Tulare Basin and Salinas … Continue reading

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For those thinking about farming – a new website helps the dream become a reality (start2farm.gov)

When I first began farming, the best advice I received came from my neighbors and the local University Ag Extension Office.  The time honored tradition of trial and error was really my business partner in the field.  I learned that … Continue reading

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Cultivating the Next Generation of California’s Farmers and Ranchers

The recent meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture (Sept 28) to discuss the recruitment and support of young farmers was a humbling experience. While there is great inspiration to be found in our next generation of … Continue reading

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State Ag Board Focuses on Farm Animal Welfare

Our last state board meeting generated a lot of discussion and feedback from farmers and ranchers from across the state. Farm animal welfare is a passionate issue on all sides of the discussion. It is a topic important to California … Continue reading

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