Category Archives: Agricultural Education

California agriculture: it’s worth the water – Op-ed co-authored by Secretary Ross in the LA Times

By Karen Ross and Daniel Sumner Pundits here in drought-stricken California have become fond of proclaiming that farms consume 80% of the state’s water and generate only about 2% of its gross domestic product. “Why devote so much of our … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross Delivers Commencement Address at UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross was honored to deliver the commencement address for the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources on May 16, 2015. Her remarks: Dean, faculty members and staff, families, and—of course—students and graduates.  What a great night … Continue reading

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A Day in Marin: Farmers Share a Passion for a Place Called California

“A day in Marin.” Say that out loud to someone from California’s Bay Area, then stand back and watch the reaction. “Well, I could reschedule that meeting, move some things around…” It’s something you want to do, someplace you want to … Continue reading

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Earth Day & Invasive Species: Sacramento-area students meet “Hungry Pests”

Sixth-graders from Cowan Fundamental Elementary School joined students at nearby Mira Loma High School in the Sacramento area this morning for an energizing and educational event built around the themes of Earth Day (April 22) and invasive species. CDFA Secretary … Continue reading

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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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