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Future food security may be in jeopardy – from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross to be honored by California Climate and Agriculture Network for work on climate change

CDFA secretary Karen Ross will be honored by the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) at its summit meeting scheduled for February 28 at UC Davis. Secretary Ross has been chosen for a Climate and Agriculture Leadership Award for her … Continue reading

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Fighting a citrus killer – from the University of California

By Sean Nealon A team of scientists, led by a group at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fight a disease that is devastating the citrus industry. The … Continue reading

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382 tons of food – state employees meet, exceed goal in 2016/17 food drive

This month the Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories on food security, nutrition, and efforts to reduce food waste. CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork is committed to helping all Californians access healthy and nutritious California-grown food by connecting consumers, school districts, … Continue reading

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Farm Bill listening sessions this week in Los Angeles and Salinas

CDFA’s series of listening sessions for input on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill will conclude this week with meetings in Salinas on Wednesday, February 22 and Los Angeles on Thursday, February 23rd. The Salinas listening session will be from 4:30-6:30 … Continue reading

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Northern California fairs step-up in Lake Oroville crisis

When a fear of imminent disaster on February 12 led to mass evacuations in communities along the Feather River beneath Oroville Dam, tens of thousands of people were forced to clear out in a hurry, many with no place to … Continue reading

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A Farm Bill for everyone

CDFA’s series of Farm Bill listening sessions continues this week in Tulare, with the next one scheduled on Thursday during the annual World Ag Expo. The final two meetings in this round are scheduled next week in Salinas and Los … Continue reading

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The facts about food product dating – from the USDA

This month the Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories on food security, nutrition, and efforts to reduce food waste. CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork is committed to helping all Californians access healthy and nutritious California-grown food by connecting consumers, … Continue reading

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Bureau of Medical Cannabis accepting applications for Cannabis Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) today announced that it is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee to advise the bureau on matters relating to both medical and adult recreational use of cannabis. The committee will advise … Continue reading

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Robot bees may help with pollination – from the Los Angeles Times

By Amina Khan One day, gardeners might not just hear the buzz of bees among their flowers, but the whirr of robots, too. Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs … Continue reading

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