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California Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

News release from Sustainable Conservation The Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners … Continue reading

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What’s a carbon farmer? From Yes! Magazine

By Sally Neas For many climate change activists, the latest rallying cry has been, “Keep it in the ground,” a call to slow and stop drilling for fossil fuels. But for a new generation of land stewards, the cry is … Continue reading

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Public Service Recognition Week reminds us that our strength is our people

Keeping an eye on our food supply is at the core of what we do at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Nutrition, food safety, quality – that’s important work. But there’s a lot more to it than that, … Continue reading

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Inevitable changes in California’s water supply – from the Sacramento Bee

By Jay Lund California faces major changes in its water supply. The sooner everyone realizes these changes are coming, the better the state will be able to cope with what lies ahead. Today’s changes are driven by efforts to end … Continue reading

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Video – California agriculture contributes record amount of farm products to food banks

The California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce in 2015 from farmers, ranchers, packers and shippers dedicated to helping their communities. One in six adults and one in four … Continue reading

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USDA unveils new ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’

The USDA has unveiled the Urban Agriculture Toolkit to increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business … Continue reading

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Spring storms help snowpack as California drought persists – from Capital Public Radio

By Ed Joyce There was no change in drought conditions last week in California and Nevada, but spring storms added snow to the northern Sierra Nevada. The U.S. Drought Monitor released April 28 shows that slightly more than 4 percent of … Continue reading

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Growing California video touches on benefits of SWEEP program, fertilizer management

With the announcement this week of $16 million in grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), CDFA offers an encore presentation of the Growing California video, “Strawberry Fields…Forever,” a look at a grower utilizing SWEEP as well … Continue reading

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Farms that Grow Groundwater – from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

By Lori Pottinger Farmers use the lion’s share of California’s groundwater, but they also do the most to rebuild depleted reserves of this critically important water source. We talked to Graham Fogg—a groundwater expert at UC Davis and a member … Continue reading

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