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An interview with CDFA secretary Karen Ross on organic agriculture – from the Organic Produce Network

OPN (the Organic Produce Network) had the chance to ask the Secretary of the California Department of Food Agriculture, Karen Ross what CDFA is doing to assist California organic growers and farmers and the growth of organic agriculture throughout the … Continue reading

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Cowboy rides to the rescue during Ventura County fires – from the San Francisco Chronicle

  By Lizzie Johnson When the mandatory evacuation orders came and the fire rigs blared into their neighborhoods, they stayed. They stayed when the flames licked along fence lines, and they stayed when the sparks from the wildfires singed the … Continue reading

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A farmer’s perspective from the fire zone – from the UC Food Observer

By Chris Sayer   This week is California Soils Week.  I have been chewing on an appropriate commentary, but hadn’t found quite the right angle on it. What was there I could say that was new? And then the fire … Continue reading

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Compost drop for California Soils Week

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Video – Kicking off California Soils Week!

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partners today to kick-off the first-ever California Soils Week, which is being celebrated from December 4 to December 7. Secretary Ross led a ribbon-cutting in front of … Continue reading

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Soil Power! From the New York Times

This is California Soils Week (December 4 to December 7). World Soils Day is on December 5.  By Jacques Leslie The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere: irrigation efficiency and other adaptations in Chile

Irrigation efficiency, water conservation and water management are three terms that resonated over and over as we visited specialty crop farms and talked to water managers during our ongoing visit to Chile. These are important issues that Chile and California … Continue reading

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Video – Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere: specialty crops in Chile

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and a delegation from the agricultural, academic and policy sectors is in Chile this week for an exchange on climate change adaptation. In this video, delegation member Dorene (Dee Dee) D’Adamo, a member of the State Water … Continue reading

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The National Young Farmer Survey – Big opportunities and profound challenges ahead

Excerpted from  executive summary Farmers over the age of 65 now outnumber farmers under 35 by a margin of six to one, and U.S. farmland is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of older farmers. Nearly two-thirds of farmland is currently … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere – Secretary Ross in Chile

Chile is a perfect climate analogue to California with its own central valley and an abundance of specialty crops. Like California, it relies on snow melt to irrigate crops, it produces world-famous wines, and it supports vibrant cities like Santiago, … Continue reading

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