Category Archives: Environment

LUNDBERG FAMILY FARMS RECEIVES CALIFORNIA LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD

From the Sand County Foundation: Lundberg Family Farms has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private conservation, created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by … Continue reading

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Turning waste into energy and other benefits: Secretary Ross addresses National Renderers Association

If it were up to her, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross would rather we all stopped using the word “waste.” That’s what she told the National Renderers Association last week at their conference in Orange County. When more than 62 billion pounds of animal by-products … Continue reading

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California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 … Continue reading

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New Partnership with UC advances Climate Smart Agriculture in California

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding this morning at Sacramento’s Stanford Mansion to initiate a new partnership to advance Climate Smart Agriculture in California. This … Continue reading

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Carbon Farming coming to Central Coast – from The Bottom Line

Note – The Bottom Line is the student newspaper at UC Santa Barbara.  By Tanner Walker Carbon ranching is coming to Santa Barbara County, but farmers aren’t growing carbon — they’re putting it back into the ground. With the help … Continue reading

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Bakersfield dairy farmers embrace climate smart technology

For second generation dairy farmer Felix Echeverria, dairy farming is a family affair. His father, an immigrant from Spain’s Basque country, began milking cows in Southern California in the early 1950’s. Since then, Mr. Echeverria and his brother Johnny, have … Continue reading

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Video – Climate Smart Ag in action at Giacomazzi Farms

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) investments in irrigation technology and other advancements through its State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) are explored in this video about Giacomazzi Farms. Through the SWEEP program, CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming … Continue reading

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Update on climate change programs from CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation

  CDFA recently issued this newsletter to provide updates about programs in its Office of Environmental Farming Initiatives. The Healthy Soils Program OEFI has a new program that aims to improve soil health by increasing soil carbon and reducing atmospheric … Continue reading

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Aguiar-Curry supports cap-and-trade extension – from the Davis Enterprise

Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, voted in favor of landmark legislation Monday to extend California’s cap-and-trade program. The package includes AB 398 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella; AB 617 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens; and ACA 1 by Assembly Republican … Continue reading

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CDFA Honors Environmental Farming Science Advisory Panel Member Luana Kiger on Her Retirement

The Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (Science Panel), appointed by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, has the critical job of assessing and documenting agriculture’s positive impacts on the environment. The group examines issues like ecosystem services and how they relate to agriculture. The … Continue reading

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