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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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Weird Al video demonstrates creativity, versatility of CDFA IT programming staff

Weird Al Yankovic with CDFA IT programmer and animator Jarrett Heather One of CDFA’s Information Technology programmers, Jarret Heather, is enjoying a richly deserved moment in the spotlight for his work on a side project, animation for a video by … Continue reading

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Governor Brown to lead trade and investment mission to Mexico next week

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will travel to Mexico City next week to meet with Mexican government and business leaders, help boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation. Governor Brown … Continue reading

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Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis – News release with quote from Secretary Ross

UC Davis will be partnering with Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province, and the University of California, Davis, today signed a memorandum of agreement that lays the … Continue reading

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Young women changing the face of California farming – from the Sacramento Bee

Andrew Seng / aseng@sacbee.com Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are among a wave of young … Continue reading

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Cover crops and water infiltration – a video from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Lady Gaga joins California water conservation effort

In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to … Continue reading

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Invasive giant African snails seized at LAX – from the Los Angeles Times

By Veronica Rocha Two picnic baskets packed with 67 live giant African snails were seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Monday. The snails, which weighed a total of more than 35 pounds and reportedly were … Continue reading

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UC Davis Drought Study Assesses Current Losses and Potential Future Impacts

A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to … Continue reading

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Fair food gets a TV show! From the Modesto Bee

Food Network, “Carnival Eats” host Noah Cappe poses with the 18 inch monster corn dog and 5 lbs. of fries he learned to make from owner Tom Stroud at the Monster Grill at the Stanislaus County Fair. Photo by Debbie … Continue reading

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