Category Archives: Agricultural Education

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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What’s Plantable? It’s the new gardening app from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

We farmers love our tractors, but if you had to pick an official “tool of the 21st century,” you’d probably put the “app” at the top of that list. Apps (mobile device software applications) are a great way to reach … Continue reading

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From the Merced Sun-Star: Atwater High’s agriculture department getting national recognition

By DOANE YAWGER Atwater High School’s agriculture program is in the running to be named the top such endeavor in the nation. By virtue of being named the top ag program in the state this year by the California Agricultural … 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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USDA launches new “Healthy Eating on a Budget” section of ChooseMyPlate.gov site

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled Healthy Eating on a Budget – the newest addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov. Consumers continue to want more information about how to make better eating decisions with limited resources. To meet this need, the USDA’s … 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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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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