Category Archives: Agricultural Education

Meet Kristen and Hannah. At CDFA, we think of them as the future of our agricultural community.

Internship/mentoring program brings in ag students for summer study in public service The average age of the California farmer is about 60 – and it’s rising. Here at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and on California farms, and … Continue reading

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Farm-to-School Month: Farm at LA continuation school – from the Los Angeles Times

By Sonali Kohli Most school days 17-year-old Alex Snyder eats lunch with a pot-bellied pig named Peanut. John R. Wooden High School is small. It doesn’t have a football field or a swimming pool or a gym. But it has a farm. And the farm … Continue reading

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Latino Farmer Conference coming up November 15 in Monterey

The second annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Monterey, California. This annual conference is unique in that it is conducted in Spanish and translated into English for all attendees.  “Hispanic farmers and … Continue reading

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Young African leaders visit CDFA to learn about agriculture, energy and the environment

UC Davis hosted 25 Young African Leaders as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in July as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. For two of these young leaders, the trip to California also included a visit with CDFA’s Office of … Continue reading

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Agritourism: UC Small Farm Program posts wealth of webinar info online

From the UC Small Farm Program Are you one of the thousands of California farmers and ranchers who invite the public to your land to shop at your farm stand, pick their own fruit, taste wine, stay the night, learn … Continue reading

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A Visit from California’s Miss United States Agriculture Jacqueline Carter

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross had the pleasure today of visiting with the newly crowned California’s Miss United States Agriculture, Jacqueline Carter. A resident of Fresno, Ms. Carter is passionate about agriculture and has been a lifelong member of the Dinuba chapter of … Continue reading

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State ag secretary recognizes local homeless services organization at fundraiser – from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Jake Donahue, Santa Cruz Sentinel Nearly 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon at a small urban farm that is the heart of a local organization helping Santa Cruz’ homeless get back on their feet. The Homeless Garden Project has found … Continue reading

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California State Fair honors “Best of Show” in wine, beer, cheese and olive oil

  For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. This year’s competition welcomed an impressive range of wine, cheese, beer and olive oil entries, and the “Best of Show” honors were … Continue reading

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Video – CDFA at State Scientist Day 2016

More about State Scientist Day here.

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CDFA’s Ross urges FFA members to think of the future – from Capital Press

Tim Hearden, Capital Press FRESNO, Calif. — State Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross told 5,000 FFA members here that California’s agriculture-related industries will need their energy and innovations in the challenging years to come. Ross cited water shortages, food … Continue reading

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