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Holiday celebrations and food drive donations around CDFA

Cookies, cocoa and canned goods donations for the annual California State Employees Food Drive set the mood this morning at California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offices throughout the Sacramento area as CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and Acting Undersecretary Kevin Masuhara … Continue reading

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Study: Food impacts brain differently as we age – from Morning Ag Clips

  Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, along … Continue reading

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Holy Cow! Methane as truck fuel? from Bloomberg

“California Regulates Cow Farts,” is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, California’s methane law represents a serious attempt by America’s biggest dairy state to come to grips with a potent greenhouse gas. … Continue reading

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An interview with CDFA secretary Karen Ross on organic agriculture – from the Organic Produce Network

OPN (the Organic Produce Network) had the chance to ask the Secretary of the California Department of Food Agriculture, Karen Ross what CDFA is doing to assist California organic growers and farmers and the growth of organic agriculture throughout the … Continue reading

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Cowboy rides to the rescue during Ventura County fires – from the San Francisco Chronicle

  By Lizzie Johnson When the mandatory evacuation orders came and the fire rigs blared into their neighborhoods, they stayed. They stayed when the flames licked along fence lines, and they stayed when the sparks from the wildfires singed the … Continue reading

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A farmer’s perspective from the fire zone – from the UC Food Observer

By Chris Sayer   This week is California Soils Week.  I have been chewing on an appropriate commentary, but hadn’t found quite the right angle on it. What was there I could say that was new? And then the fire … Continue reading

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Compost drop for California Soils Week

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Video – Kicking off California Soils Week!

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partners today to kick-off the first-ever California Soils Week, which is being celebrated from December 4 to December 7. Secretary Ross led a ribbon-cutting in front of … Continue reading

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Soil Power! From the New York Times

This is California Soils Week (December 4 to December 7). World Soils Day is on December 5.  By Jacques Leslie The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere: irrigation efficiency and other adaptations in Chile

Irrigation efficiency, water conservation and water management are three terms that resonated over and over as we visited specialty crop farms and talked to water managers during our ongoing visit to Chile. These are important issues that Chile and California … Continue reading

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