Category Archives: Agricultural Education

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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Ag statistics for 2014 show trends for farm sales, exports

In 2014, the most recent year for which a full crop-year report is available, California’s 76,400 farms and ranches received approximately $54 billion for their output. This represents an increase of 5.1 percent over 2013. California is the leading US … Continue reading

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White House calls for initiative to advance ag research

From the White House blog post “Food and Agriculture for the 21st Century” Summary: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is calling for a new commitment to research and education in food and agriculture from all sectors. … Continue reading

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Reindeer name games: Is it Donder or Donner? from the LA Times

By Geoffrey Mohan, The Los Angeles Times Farm agencies are not about to be outdone by U.S. air defense officials when it comes to altering policies to aid Santa and his reindeer. Both the state and federal bureaucracies that control cross-border … Continue reading

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