Category Archives: Agricultural Education

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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Highlights from Ag Day at the State Capitol

California’s agricultural community gathered on the west steps of our State Capitol today to show, see and sample the wonderful crops and products that come from our farms and ranches. Despite challenges such as the current drought, the Golden State’s … Continue reading

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Preliminary 2012 Census Results Provide a Snapshot of California Agriculture

 2012_California_Preliminary_Data_Release_PPT USDA Press Release on Preliminary 2012 Census Data  

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USDA Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Farm to School Grants to Continue Efforts to Increase Local Foods in Eligible Schools

USDA Press Release: WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 19, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a request for applications for the third round of USDA’s Farm to School grants, including the addition of a new funding track. … Continue reading

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CDFA employees get into the spirit of giving

I don’t know about you, but my office is filled with holiday spirit this year! Ornaments abound, along with snowy gnomes, red and green stockings, even little reindeer made with chocolate bars and pipe cleaners – the stuff of celebration … Continue reading

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Video – Farm field trip program provides Ag education in Sonoma County

The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, based in Sebastopol (Sonoma County), sponsors a popular school field trip program to teach children about the origins of food and the need to preserve the resources that help produce it. TEAM 2013 from … Continue reading

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Calling Small Farmers! California Small Farm Conference now accepting applications for scholarships

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  December 6, 2013 CONFERENCE: March 9-11, 2014 The California Small Farm Conference is a unique opportunity for small-acreage farmers and ranchers to get a leg up – and you might even qualify for a scholarship to attend. Small … Continue reading

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USDA Releases Farm to School Census – California’s profile is encouraging

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, the USDA has released the first ever Farm to School Census – capturing the survey results from more than 13,000 public school districts nationwide. Check out how California and your local school district … Continue reading

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Protecting the Promise of California Agriculture – a report

View the report here. In turbulent economic times, assessing a government agency’s effectiveness can be a trying task. Our nation’s and indeed the world’s recent financial history did more than force government to cut budgets; it forced many great industries … Continue reading

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Back To School: MyPlate Helps Teach Our Kids to Make Healthy Choices

“Back to school” is an exciting time. Summer may be drawing to a close, but our kids miss their friends and they’re filled with nervous energy about all that awaits them. I remember – do you?  Of all the important … Continue reading

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