Author Archives: Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary

Mexico trade mission and Ag labor issues – Looking Forward

While in Mexico City last week, Governor Brown met with Secretary Navarrete Prida of the Mexican Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and signed a letter of intent to address labor rights issues for temporary Mexican workers in California – … Continue reading

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As trade mission to Mexico ends, collaborative efforts will continue

  Our last days in Mexico City continued the themes of cooperation and engagement.  The agricultural delegation had a meeting with the National Association of Supermarkets and Department Stores (ANTAD) and hosted a Business Roundtable with Agricultural Importers and Distributors … Continue reading

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California and Mexico – a win-win relationship

It speaks volumes that during our meetings in Mexico, the notion of “ganar-ganar,” or a “win-win” relationship was mentioned more than once. Our discussions have focused not only on building stronger trade relationships between our two markets, but in also … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in Mexico City for Governor Brown’s trade mission

My first impressions of Mexico City as part of Governor Brown’s trade mission were a sensory overload. From the vibrant colors and artistry of the flower market within Mercardo de Jamaica, to the unbelievable aromas drifting blocks away from the … Continue reading

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CDFA benefits from new training initiative that helps State improve efficiency, cut red tape

    One of my priorities as secretary is process improvement, looking at all CDFA operations for opportunities to increase efficiency and, ultimately, improve our service to the people of California. It’s a key provision in CDFA’s Strategic Plan, recognizing … Continue reading

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Dig it! The secrets of soil – Op-ed by Secretary Ross in the Davis Enterprise

A walk through any of California’s 700 certified farmers markets is all it takes to make the point: This state’s farms are something special. Our farmers are innovators —as creative as they are productive, to the tune of $42.6 billion … Continue reading

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Migrant farmworker housing: Part of the solution for our industry’s workforce – and their families

Recently, I had the privilege of taking part in a tour of several housing centers for our state’s migrant farmworkers hosted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  I was eager to participate in this tour with Business, … Continue reading

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Lodi 10th annual ‘Zinfest’ a celebration of community

I recently was invited to Lodi to join that region’s Winegrape Commission in celebrating the 10th annual “Zinfest.” It’s a great example of food and wine events that create local economic activity and foster direct communication between consumers and farmers. Zinfest … Continue reading

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North Hollywood High School Ag Students Keep Tradition Alive and Will Make Future Bright

Many decades ago, now-urban Los Angeles County was agrarian. In fact, it was once the largest Ag county in California. In that more pastoral time, North Hollywood High School had a 100-acre farm. Since then, it has seen its footprint … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Food and Ag Board President Craig McNamara – Agriculturalist of the Year

I wish to offer my congratulations to my colleague and friend Craig McNamara for being named Agriculturalist of the Year by the California State Fair. Craig is a uniquely visionary leader – someone who is highly deserving of this prestigious … Continue reading

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