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New Hydrogen Fueling Station in Truckee – from KOLO-TV, Reno

Note – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Division of Measurement Standards plays an important role in the ongoing development of hydrogen fueling stations by certifying hydrogen fuel meters; and regulating fuel quality, advertising and labeling in the consumer … Continue reading

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USDA to purchase surplus cheese for food banks and needy families; will also extend assistance program for dairy producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level … Continue reading

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‘Science Non-Fiction’ – News coverage of CDFA’s release of parasitic wasps in fight against Asian citrus psyllid

From KBAK and KBFX Eyewitness News, Bakersfield: ——————————– From Bakersfield Now: Science Non Fiction: Parasitic Wasps Releases to Go After Psyllids  By Christine Bedell Thousands of tiny, parasitic wasps originating from Pakistan are being released in residential areas throughout Bakersfield … Continue reading

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2016 looks fruitful for California wineries after a hard year – from the San Francisco Chronicle

By Esther Mobley California’s 2016 wine grape harvest is under way, and after a freakishly early and low-yielding 2015 vintage, things seem to be back to normal — sort of. The bump in yields promises some financial relief for the … Continue reading

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Video – A look back at mating disruption and the European Grapevine Moth

Last week CDFA announced the lifting of a long-running quarantine in California for the European Grapevine Moth, dating back to 2009. In the midst of the program, in 2012, CDFA produced a video featuring Napa County Agriculture Commissioner (then asst.) … Continue reading

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Salinas Ag training program shares in USDA grant for new farmers and ranchers

The USDA has announced a new investment of $17.8 million for 37 projects to help educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers, including $600,000 for the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, or ALBA, in Salinas. ALBA generates … Continue reading

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Davis Farmers’ Market celebrates 40th anniversary

  On August 13 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Davis Farmers’ Market. It is everything a Farmers’ market should be: a place to show the incredible diversity, quality and bounty of what our farmers produce. Where eaters can … Continue reading

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Updated UC Davis report on drought impacts to agriculture – from the California WaterBlog

Note – This report from UC Davis only lists land fallowed due to the drought, nearly 80 thousand acres. Total land fallowed in California is considered to be roughly 1.2 million acres.   By Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Richard E. … Continue reading

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The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA

By USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of accepting the Federal Agency of the Year award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Continue reading

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Cal Poly Pomona partnering with CDFA and citrus industry in raising an army of wasps to fight citrus disease – From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

By Steve Scauzillo Cal Poly Pomona is training an army of tiny wasps to battle the Asian citrus psyllid, a voracious pest responsible for crippling the Florida citrus industry that has recently infiltrated Los Angeles County. Armed with a $400,000 … Continue reading

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