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One of Silicon Valley’s last orchards continues family farming tradition – from the Mercury News

By Gillian Brassil SUNNYVALE — The summer heat brings folks out for fresh fruit, and Charlie Olson has been in the business for over 70 years, bringing Blenheim apricots to Sunnyvale residents since his family moved to California over a … Continue reading

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Pollinator Week focuses on essential nature of the “B’s”

June 19-25 is “Pollinator Week,” a time to spotlight the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week was originally created by Congress 10 years ago and has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided … Continue reading

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New diagnostic kit for detection of foot-and-mouth disease a valuable tool – from Morning Ag Clips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the licensing of a rapid-response (three-hour) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) diagnostic kit by the USDA.  Developed by a large research consortium of federal agencies, academia and animal health industry scientists, this is … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Markets – from the Growing California video series

As Farmers Markets are flourishing throughout California this summer, here’s an encore presentation from the Growing California video series. Find a Certified Farmers market near you.

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California/Australia climate smart agriculture webinar today

Although California and Australia are in opposite hemispheres, our climates – and the associated challenges — are profoundly similar. As California continues to lead the nation in agricultural production, we must look to our international partners to find innovative ways … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s Summer Food Program Kicks-Off with Tootsie

During the school year, more than 16.9 million children receive free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, only 2.3 million, or about 12 percent, of these young people have … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross visits with CDFA’s Executive Leadership Program

Today, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and Deputy Secretary Kevin Masuhara had opportunity to visit with current class of the department’s Executive Leadership Program. “What a pleasure to join Deputy Secretary Kevin Masuhara to address this year’s CDFA Executive Leadership class. I … Continue reading

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Robots Wielding Water Knives Are the Future of Farming – from WIRED

By Matt Simon JUST AFTER DAWN in the Salinas Valley south of San Francisco, a raucous robot rolls through a field spitting clouds of vapor. It’s cutting lettuce heads with water knives—super-high-pressure beams—and gobbling up the produce. The heads roll up … Continue reading

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Two California Projects included in Funding for Conservation Innovation

Two California projects are included in the mix of 33 that were recently awarded funding by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The agency is investing $22.6 million in projects nationwide through the competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. … Continue reading

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Mexican migrant workers came to California to pick grapes. Now they own wineries – from the Washington Post

By Dave McIntyre, Washington Post The Smithsonian recognizes five families who have worked their way up in the U.S. wine industry Outside Robledo Family Winery, south of Sonoma, on a cool April Sunday, the U.S. and Mexican flags whipped a … Continue reading

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