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Video – “California Farms,” by the Peterson Brothers

Those clever Peterson Brothers are at it again. The young farming trio from Kansas recently visited the Orange County Fair and came away inspired by the immensity and diversity of California’s food production. Here’s a new video, “California Farms.” You … Continue reading

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California Rangeland Trust marks 20th anniversary with “A Common Ground,” a short film

Facts about rangeland in California: Private rangeland accounts for about 62 percent of undeveloped land in California. Sixty-seven percent of threatened or endangered spend part of their lives on open ranchland. More than 85 percent of California’s fresh water runs … Continue reading

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World Food Day a time to deeply consider food security

Today, October 16, is World Food Day, an annual day of reflection and action established in 1979 by the Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) of the United Nations to raise awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. The theme … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross welcomes Baja California to Global Soil Health Challenge

About the Global Soil Health Challenge Announced by California and France at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the Global Soil Health Challenge calls on national and sub-national governments (like Baja California) to include ambitious programs of action … Continue reading

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California projects among those receiving $9.4 million in USDA funding for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers

The USDA has announced that it will issue $9.4 million in grants to provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. Two organizations in California will receive a combined amount of nearly $373,000 Agriculture & … Continue reading

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Happy National Farmers Day From CDFA!

  By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Here in California, harvest is practically a rolling, year-round occurrence. It’s just one of the many blessings of this wonderful place if you’re a farmer. It’s fitting, though, that National Farmers Day comes at … Continue reading

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See the Tractor Tree at the Big Fresno Fair

  Video from the Fresno Bee.    The Big Fresno Fair runs through October 14, but the Tractor Tree will remain as a permanent museum exhibit at the fairgrounds. Here’s a story about the Big Fresno Fair in The Business … Continue reading

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October – CDFA joins in Firewood Awareness Month

CDFA joins the rest of the nation in observing the designation of October as Firewood Awareness Month. We are providing a video on the invasive species risk of moving firewood as well as tips from our Division of Measurement Standards … Continue reading

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Remembering the creator of the ‘California Raisins’

The passing last week of noted claymation artist Will Vinton brought back memories of his highly-celebrated work in agriculture: the California Raisins, featuring animated characters that rocketed to fame in the ’80s. Vinton himself found fame long before that – … Continue reading

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Tackling the Ag labor shortage – California Farm Academy strives to create a new labor pipeline

Farmers have been struggling with not only a labor shortage on one end, but long-term supervisors, farm managers and farm owners starting to age-out of the business. The Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization located in Winters, recently created … Continue reading

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