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Elementary school students learn about critters at CDFA lab

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Apple Hill – the season is upon us

With the first day of Fall arriving this week, Californians are again starting to turn their attention to El Dorado County’s Apple Hill, which is now in the midst of its 2016 production season. From CDFA’s award-winning Growing California video … Continue reading

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CDFA participates in American Heart Association Heart Walk

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CDFA joins partnership to study nitrate leaching from irrigated agriculture in Central Valley – from the Fresno Bee

By Robert Rodriguez The Kings River Water Quality Coalition along with several other South Valley water quality coalitions received a $2 million grant from the federal government to address nitrate leaching from irrigated agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant … Continue reading

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UCLA researchers warn that centuries of drought could return to California – from the San Francisco Chronicle

By Bill Disbrow We may someday have to stop calling our drought a temporary phenomenon and just label it the new normal. Climate change could lock the state into a dry pattern lasting centuries or even a millennia if history … Continue reading

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USDA Offers $5 million in Farm to School Grants to Increase Local Foods in Schools

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, these … Continue reading

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State Releases Vision for Healthy Soils Initiative

Note – Governor Brown today signed  AB 1613, which directs $900 million in cap-and-trade investments, including $7.5 million for CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and $7.5 million for CDFA’s Healthy Soils Incentive Program, which is one of … Continue reading

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Informing California’s Climate Scoping Plan – from UC Davis’ World Food Center

Introduction: In February, the World Food Center hosted the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Air Resources Board and the Department of Conservation. The goal of the workshop was to inform strategies in the agriculture and working lands sector … Continue reading

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CDFA Through History – Your Choice of Starting Points

      Note – The California Department of Food and Agriculture will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. In the time leading up to that we’ll be running an occasional series of stories, “CDFA Through … Continue reading

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Farming on the roof at Levi’s Stadium – from the Sacramento Bee

By Debbie Arrington Levi’s Stadium took farm-to-fork to new heights. The $1.2 billion Santa Clara home of the 49ers has unveiled a rooftop farm that will help supply fresh produce and herbs to the facility’s club level food service. Dubbed … Continue reading

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