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How 139 flocks of sentinel chickens help protect you from deadly disease – from the Long Beach Press Telegram

Note – With a focus on equine health, CDFA participates in  California’s Mosquito Borne Virus Disease Surveillance Program, which relies on sentinel chickens as well other approaches. Detections of viruses in horses that may have human health implications–like West Nile Virus–are … Continue reading

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Video – SWEEP saves water (and reduces GHG emissions)

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China’s retaliatory tariffs could have a negative impact on California’s farmers and ranchers

In response to the federal government’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, China has ordered retaliatory tariffs on about $2 billion worth of U.S. food and agricultural exports, which could have a significant negative impact on California’s … Continue reading

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Late winter storms fall short of “March Miracle” in Sierra – from the Sacramento Bee

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler  March’s powerful storms may have saved California from having one of the worst wet seasons on record, but the state’s Sierra snowpack still remains well below average. April 1 is considered the official end … Continue reading

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Is global public will enough to end hunger? From Agri-Pulse

By Ertharin Cousin Global public will alone will not end hunger. Increased donor support—while necessary to address immediate emergency food needs—will not create the food system improvements required for ending global hunger. Yes, even in 2016—after several years of decline—the … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau, NBA coach team-up for Farm Day

During the week that Ag Day was celebrated in California–last week–the California Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom teamed up with Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger for the first “Farm Day” in Sacramento.  CDFA Secretary Karen Ross was invited … Continue reading

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Here’s why California farmers are the toughest of all – Slide Show from Farm Futures

By Mike Wilson Drought. Regulations. Migrant labor under scrutiny. Complex water rights. Urban encroachment. And now, frost. In a high-stakes farm profit game, California farmers face these challenges and more with grit, smarts and determination. Last week (the week of … Continue reading

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Farmers for America – a movie about the present and the future

On Ag Day last week, the Center for Land Based Learning hosted a screening of a wonderful film, “Farmers for America,” created by Graham Meriwether and narrated by the excellent Mike Rowe. It’s a film I hope more organizations will … Continue reading

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Meet Generation Z – from Food Business News

“Real food” is the rallying cry of Generation Z grocery shoppers, according to a recent report from The NPD Group. Gen Z, those born between 1997 and the present, represent 27 percent of the U.S. population. They have higher consumption … Continue reading

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USDA announces funding in support of veterans and socially-disadvantaged farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the … Continue reading

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