Category Archives: Uncategorized

CDFA joins kickoff for healthy, regionally-sourced school lunch program in Contra Costa County – from the San Jose Mercury News

When Jim Houston was growing up, he said, “Eating was considered healthy.” Thousands of cases of childhood obesity and millions of skipped school lunches later, school districts and nutrition experts are working together in earnest to make sure eating really … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA seeks nominations for National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Vacancies for the 15-member organic standards board include: two farmers, two consumer/public interest representatives, and one USDA accredited certifying agent. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA announces building blocks for climate-smart agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing a comprehensive and detailed approach to support farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in their response to climate change. The framework consists of 10 building blocks that span a range of technologies and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Earth Day

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring April 22, 2015 as “Earth Day” in the State of California. Since taking office, Governor Brown has signed accords to fight climate change with leaders from Mexico, China, Canada, Japan, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong – from Grist.org

By Nathaniel Johnson This piece started out as a confident prescription for California’s drought ills. But when I began writing, I kept coming across things that seemed confusing or contradictory. And each time I went to the experts to clarify, they’d explode … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought – from CBS News

                              By Michael Casey California Gov. Jerry Brown has sounded the alarm over the state’s historic drought, warning that it will take “unprecedented actions” to solve … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Strawberry Fields…Forever – from the Growing California video series

The latest segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Strawberry Fields…Forever,” a profile of a grower and his commitment to water efficiency.  

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dollars and drops per California crop – from the California Water Blog at UC Davis

By Josué Medellín-Azuara and Jay Lund When it comes to water, California’s irrigated agriculture is always under the public magnifying glass because it is the largest managed water use in the state and the economic base for many rural areas. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA announces record number of organic producers in US

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment