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CDFA: Regulating egg safety and quality

The Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories this month relating to animal health issues and the activities of CDFA’s Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services. The Egg Safety and Quality Management Program at CDFA regulates shell eggs and egg … Continue reading

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As rain soaks California, farmers test ways to store water underground – from NPR

By Dan Charles Six years ago, Don Cameron, the general manager of Terranova Ranch, southwest of Fresno, Calif., (and California State Board of Food and Agriculture member) did something that seemed kind of crazy. He went out to a nearby … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross welcomes Soil Health Summit to CDFA

A joint Soil Health Summit hosted by CDFA and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is underway today at CDFA headquarters. A webcast of the meeting may be accessed here, and the agenda may be viewed here. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross … Continue reading

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Update and progress on California Water Action Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new report from several California agencies tracks the significant progress made in 2016 toward achievement of the California Water Action Plan – progress that builds the reliability and resiliency of our water resources. The report released … Continue reading

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Governor Brown proposes 2017-2018 state budget

SACRAMENTO—Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a balanced state budget that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund while continuing to invest in education, health care expansion and other core programs. In a … Continue reading

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Settlement announced in case alleging quarantine violations in CDFA’s Pierce’s Disease program – from the Times of San Diego

Authorities in San Diego Monday announced a $160,328 settlement against two related plant businesses as part of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the companies unlawfully distributed infested and potentially infested plants throughout the state in May 2014 and February 2015. … Continue reading

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Cost of raising a child born in 2015: $233,610 – from the USDA

The USDA has released the 2015 Expenditures on Children by Families report, also known as “The Cost of Raising a Child.” The report, developed by economists at USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), estimates that for a child … Continue reading

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Weather radar helps researchers track bird flu – From the University of California

The Planting Seeds blog will feature stories this month relating to animal health issues and the activities of CDFA’s Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services. CDFA works closely with the University of California on these issues.  By Pamela … Continue reading

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Falcons, drones, data: a winery battles climate change – from the New York Times

By David Gelles EXCERPTED Read full story here On a misty autumn morning in Sonoma County, Calif., Katie Jackson headed into the vineyards to assess the harvest. It was late in the season, and an army of field workers was … Continue reading

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With snow piling up in the Sierra, what will it take to end California’s drought? From the Los Angeles Times

By Joseph Serna and Paige St. John The resort town of Phillips high in the Sierra Nevada has long been a barometer of California’s drought. Snow measuring station 3 in the El Dorado County town was where Gov. Jerry Brown came … Continue reading

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