Category Archives: Agricultural Education

Governor Brown talks about drought and Ag on PBS

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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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Ag Day 2015: A beautiful day to be a farmer

California’s agricultural community gathered today on the west steps of the State Capitol to show, see and share the bounty of our state’s farmers and ranchers. It was a perfect day for such a celebration (although to be perfectly honest, … Continue reading

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Reminder – Ag Day today at State Capitol!

Please join us and tag your photos with #agday2015

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Soil as food, and a cake

The UN has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. What is soil? Well, it’s simple – minerals derived from weathered rocks; and organic materials derived from living and dead organisms. Soil is also complex – it’s the “skin … Continue reading

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New study shows kids eating more healthy food at school – from the USDA

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that children are eating healthier food at school and discarding less food since updated healthy school meal standards took effect in 2012. USDA Secretary … Continue reading

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Ag Day is Coming! Mark Your Calendars!

California Ag Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 on the west steps of the State Capitol. Join CDFA and our partners, California Women for Agriculture and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, for this outdoor, springtime event complete with tractors, … Continue reading

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More than just a job to do

Our general counsel here at CDFA, Michele Dias, came into my office last Friday with an excitable look on her face. I think most people in positions of organizational leadership would agree that when your lawyer does that, it may … Continue reading

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California among states selected by USDA for participation in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables

Pilot will support schools’ efforts to procure more fruits and vegetables; Offers new opportunity that supports local producers and local economies WASHINGTON, December 8, 2014 – Today USDA announced the selection of eight states to participate in the Pilot Project … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: CDFA Secretary Karen Ross reads from “The Grapes of Wrath”

Banned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014 To draw attention to the harms of censorship and celebrate the importance of free speech, the California State Library is hosting an online video “Read-Out” during Banned Book Week, September 21-27. Many books … Continue reading

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