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Latinos move from fields to office – from the New York Times

Sergio Silva, 53, left, and Adrian Espinoza, 36, are partners at Rancho Espinoza, a flower business in Salinas, Calif. Credit – Jim Wilson/The New York Times By Tanzina Vega When he was 15, an immigration raid at a Japanese flower nursery … Continue reading

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Farm workers, Monterey County forge historic accord – from the Salinas Californian

By Dennis L. Taylor In the first of its kind in the state, an accord has been hammered out between the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner and a Salinas farm-worker advocacy group to form a panel that will jointly tackle issues … Continue reading

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USDA study places cost of raising a child at nearly $250,000

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born … Continue reading

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Native ecosystems blitzed by drought – From Scientific American

By Alexandra Witze and Nature Magazine Peter Moyle has seen a lot in five decades of roaming California’s streams and rivers and gathering data on the fish that live in them. But last month he saw something new: tributaries of … Continue reading

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California drought transforms global food market – from Bloomberg News

By Alan Bjerga For more than 70 years, Fred Starrh’s family was among the most prominent cotton growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Then shifting global markets and rising water prices told him that wouldn’t work anymore. So he replaced … Continue reading

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A comparison: How California farms stack-up around the country – From the Porterville Recorder

  By Don Curlee Counting the ways farming in California differs from farming in the rest of the country might result in some surprises, especially for proud Californians. To begin with, farms in California are about 25 percent smaller on … Continue reading

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Growing California video series wins three Telly Awards

The Growing California video series, a partnership between CDFA and California Grown produced in association with California State University, Sacramento, has been recognized with three 2014 Telly Awards, a video competition now in its 35th year. Growing California also won … Continue reading

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Inspections underway in Central Valley for huanglongbing, Asian citrus psyllid – from the Fresno Bee

By Robert Rodriguez Armed with magnifying glasses and bug-sucking aspirators, state agriculture technicians are in Fresno, checking residential citrus trees for any signs of the Asian citrus psyllid and the tree-killing disease it can carry. The psyllid poses one of … Continue reading

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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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Water Use in California – Analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

By Jeffrey Mount and Jay Lund, UC Davis, and Emma Freeman, PPIC Water in California is shared across three main sectors. Statewide, average water use is roughly 50% environmental, 40% agricultural, and 10% urban. However, the percentage of water use by … Continue reading

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