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From CCOF: Farm Aid, CCOF and Community Alliance with Family Farmers Offer Drought Assistance

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) has announced the availability of special hardship funds for certified organic producers who are having a hard time making ends meet this spring due to damage caused by drought. Thanks to a special grant from … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Food and Ag Board President Craig McNamara – Agriculturalist of the Year

I wish to offer my congratulations to my colleague and friend Craig McNamara for being named Agriculturalist of the Year by the California State Fair. Craig is a uniquely visionary leader – someone who is highly deserving of this prestigious … Continue reading

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California farmers look to oil industry for water – from KQED

By Lauren Sommer With California’s reservoirs running low, many Central Valley farmers are struggling to keep their trees and crops alive this year. In the southern San Joaquin Valley, some are getting extra water from an unlikely source: the oil industry. … Continue reading

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From French fries to kitty litter – USDA scientists work to improve lives

While most people have a mental image of research that involves scientists in lab coats, test tubes and beakers, and technical language that can seem complex, much of the groundbreaking research conducted by USDA scientists actually ends up on your … Continue reading

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Program looks to give bees a leg (or six) up – from the New York Times

                    By John Schwartz LOCKEFORD, Calif. — Helping America’s beleaguered bees could start with something as humble as planting a shrub. Here in California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find … Continue reading

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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announces progress on 2014 Farm Bill implementation

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps … Continue reading

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Fruit flies with backpacks – from the Australian website “The Conversation”

  By Paul De Barro and Paolo de Souza, research scientists Queensland’s fruit and vegetable farmers are under pressure, having lost their main weapon against their main enemy – fruit flies. Last year, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority banned … Continue reading

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A look back at Ag Day 2014

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A farmer’s perspective on groundwater – from the Sacramento Bee

  By David Mas Masumoto In this drought year, it’s my only hope. Yet I can’t see it, hear it or feel it. It lies hidden deep beneath my farm. Without it, my farm and my neighbors go thirsty. All … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross honors prize-winning student Ag authors

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined six California student authors recognized for their prize-winning stories about agriculture in the Imagine This…story writing contest. On Wednesday, March 19, the students and their teachers were honored during a ceremony at the California State … Continue reading

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