Category Archives: Environment

Video: Earth Day @ CDFA

Happy Earth Day from CDFA! This video provides a brief look at just a few of the programs and projects at the California Department of Food and Agriculture that help farmers protect the environment. From healthy soils and dairy digesters to alternative … Continue reading

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The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning. While sending the biomass to cogeneration converts the wood to electricity, returning the wood back to the … Continue reading

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Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon to Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

From the California Department of Water Resources The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the … Continue reading

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COMET-Farm: Science-based Tools to help Specialty Crop Growers

Agricultural food production and the relationship with the air, water and soil systems is complex, both from scientific and practical perspectives. Bringing the scientific interrelationships into a user-friendly on-line tool to help agricultural producers understand their entire farming operation’s carbon … Continue reading

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Firebaugh farmer honored by White House for soil health techniques: from the Fresno Bee

By Megan Ginise, The Fresno Bee On the outskirts of the western San Joaquin Valley, amid one of the worst droughts in California history, Jesse Sanchez is making waves with his agricultural techniques. Sanchez, 63, is the farm manager at … Continue reading

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Farmers Are Embracing Sustainability – You Just Aren’t Hearing About It (From The Huffington Post)

“Things are changing. It’s just how do you get them to change fast enough?” By Joseph Erbentraut Senior What’s Working Editor, The Huffington Post When farmers make the news in relation to climate issues like droughts, floods or extreme heat, … Continue reading

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GMO Testing Pilot Project to ensure compliance with National Organic Program

By Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture and Jenny Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture It has been said that “California is the capital of organic.” The strength of that statement is a … Continue reading

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It’s the Pollen Nation!

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is featuring the Pollen Nation, a web page dedicated to awareness about the many players in the pollination process, from the birds and the bees to the wind, and even … Continue reading

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USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. “USDA has leveraged partnerships to accomplish … Continue reading

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From USDA: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $150 Million, New Partnership to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California

Resilient Lands and Waters partnership will focus public and private resources towards conserving and restoring the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird to announce … Continue reading

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