Category Archives: Environment

Soil Health – a conversation between Secretary Ross and “Sammy Soil”

The theme of California Ag Day at the State Capitol last week was “Breaking New Ground,” with soil health a key focal point. During the event, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross took a moment to discuss the issue with “Sammy Soil,” … Continue reading

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Rural ag producers encouraged to apply for USDA’s Rural Energy for America (REAP) program

From USDA: USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Highway Update: Public fueling stations one step closer to “go” thanks to CDFA’s expertise

The recent christening of a hydrogen fuel dispenser at the Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility at Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA) represents a significant milestone in California’s ongoing efforts to counter climate change. The station is the first of its … Continue reading

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El Capitan Achievement Celebrated with California Sparkling Wine

Here area couple of exciting photos of Sonoma County native Kevin Jorgeson and his climbing partner Tommy Caldwell celebrating with California sparkling wine after scaling the Dawn Wall of El Capitan – a feat that has earned them admiration and cheers from all … Continue reading

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Ag leaders on-hand as Governor Brown signs landmark groundwater legislation

Signing message from Governor Brown To Members of the California Legislature: I am signing AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319, which taken collectively establish a new structure for managing the State’s groundwater. These bills accomplish a number of goals … Continue reading

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From Huffington Post: This Living, Sustainable Mushroom Building Could Be the Future of Green Architecture

By Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post This summer marks the 15th year of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, which challenges young architects to design innovative projects that bring new possibilities to our understanding of sustainable … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross to participate in Clinton Global Initiative

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is scheduled to participate tomorrow in Denver at the annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America, which was founded by former president Bill Clinton to pursue solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Secretary Ross … Continue reading

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CDFA Press Release – Leading the Way on Specialty Crops: California Garners More Than $19 Million from Federal Block Grant Program

SACRAMENTO, April 17, 2014 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that California has been allocated $19.76 million in funding for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The agency awarded approximately $66 million nationwide for … Continue reading

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Cattle Ranching Critical to Environment, Even During Drought

It is human nature to come at a crisis from one’s own point of view. Sometimes, however, that can lead to conclusions and courses of action that are ineffective at best and drastically short-sighted at worst. With the drought and … Continue reading

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New climate hubs are a critical resource in addressing climate change

There is sufficient scientific evidence to support the fact that climate change and its associated extreme events are happening now. With the recent historic drought conditions in California and little explanation as to why it is happening, climate change has … Continue reading

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