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CDFA farmers market coupons aim to promote healthy senior eating – from the Turlock Journal

By Alysson Aredas To the Stanislaus County Area Agency on Aging, a coupon is more than just a piece of paper. Rather, the Seniors Farmers Market coupon booklet the organization has distributed to local seniors for over a decade helps … Continue reading

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‘Small Potatoes’ – from the Growing California video series

The latest installment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Small Potatoes.”  

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Sacramento Bee editorial on Japanese Beetle eradication program

By the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board Like so many other living things, Japanese beetles find California’s climate to be ideal, and they absolutely love the food, a little too much. These guests are unwanted, and worse, a threat. Fearing that … Continue reading

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‘Can I Bring It’ web site a new resource for invasive species prevention

The USDA has introduced the Can I Bring It web site to answer questions about items that travelers may carry into the U.S. and to reduce the risk of introducing dangerous stowaways – invasive species. The U.S. has laws that prohibit … Continue reading

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White House fact sheet on drought funding

As communities across the Western United States struggle with one of the worst droughts in over a century, President Obama and his Administration are committed to doing everything they can to help the farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities facing … Continue reading

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The Economic Impact of Food and Beverage Processing in California – a study from UC Davis

  By Richard J. Sexton, Josué Medellín-Azuara, and Tina L. Saitone Food and beverage processing is the third largest manufacturing sector in California. In 2012 California’s food and beverage processing sector contributed $82 billion in value added to the California economy, … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which … Continue reading

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Let’s Help Create More Farmers: from the New York Times

By Mark Bittman Just about everyone agrees that we need more farmers. Currently, nearly 30 percent are 65 or older, and fewer than 10 percent are under 35. The number of farmers is likely to fall further with continuing consolidation … Continue reading

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Think we can end California’s drought by eating differently? Think again – from Grist

By Nathanael Johnson There’s so much confusion about California’s drought, and a lot of my colleagues in the media, I’m sorry to say, have been amplifying that confusion. The proliferation of stories showing how much water various food products use … Continue reading

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Drought impacts – California’s rice crop predicted to be 30 percent below normal – from Capital Public Radio

By Lesley McClurg Because of California’s historic drought, the state’s rice crop will be 30 percent below normal –- at 375,000 acres. Experts say the smaller planting will hurt the economy and wildlife that depend on shallow flooded fields. Tim … Continue reading

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