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And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone for playing in CDFA’s first-ever caption contest. We had nearly 60 entries! Congratulations to our winner, Harold Hackett. His caption is on the left. This nine-and-a-half foot ceramic cow is named Daisy, and it comes from the … Continue reading

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Stingerless wasps released in Asian citrus psyllid fight – from the San Bernardino Sun

By Sandra Emerson RIVERSIDE – Hundreds of wasps imported from Pakistan were released into a 7.5-acre biocontrol grove of citrus trees near the UCR Botanic Gardens by entomologists Tuesday. The wasps, Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis, are a natural known predator of the … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with that cow? It’s CDFA’s first-ever caption contest.

Please make your caption entries in the comments section. When we announce a winner we’ll explain why the cow is here at CDFA headquarters. Thanks for playing!    

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Festive Farm Dinners Always in Season – from the Growing California video series

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Rice farms could provide offsets in carbon market – op-ed by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross in the Sacramento Bee

Sometimes it takes a crisis like climate change to reveal a golden opportunity. Our rice farmers in Northern California have long been exemplary stewards of their land, both in terms of providing habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife and for … Continue reading

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USDA provides greater protection for fruit, vegetable and other specialty crops growers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide … Continue reading

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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 … Continue reading

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Real or fake? Drought intensifies debate over Christmas trees – from the Los Angeles Times

By Sarah Parvini Before they picked out an eight-foot Christmas tree, Tara White and Ed Dilks wondered whether an artificial tree might be a more eco-friendly choice. But after doing some research, the Glendale couple decided that the convenience of … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross signs landmark agreement with Mexican Ministry of Agriculture to enhance trade

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross signed a cooperative agreement today with officials from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Mexico City. This agreement is a follow-up to the Governor’s Trade Mission that occurred earlier this … Continue reading

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From the Growing California video series – Farm to Family

December is Farm to Food Bank Month. Help increase farm to food bank donations to 200 million pounds annually by making a product donation or future donation pledge today – contact Steve Linkhart, California Association of Food Banks at (510) 350-9916. … Continue reading

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