Category Archives: Climate Change

New climate hubs are a critical resource in addressing climate change

There is sufficient scientific evidence to support the fact that climate change and its associated extreme events are happening now. With the recent historic drought conditions in California and little explanation as to why it is happening, climate change has … Continue reading

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Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near- and Long-Term Water Priorities – News Release

http://resources.ca.gov/docs/Final_Water_Action_Plan_Press_Release_1-27-14.pdf SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying … Continue reading

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Research and coexistence essential to embrace opportunities of the future

The future outlook for agriculture is bright.  Food production will have to roughly double by 2050 in order to meet population projections.  And if we look where much of that growth is expected to occur–Asia–we know that California farmers and ranchers will have … Continue reading

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Food Day a time to look forward

The return of Food Day, with its second annual observance scheduled for today, is a timely reminder of the important road ahead for our food supply. The world’s population is growing at such a rapid clip – from the current … Continue reading

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Drought Assistance; New Farmers Programs; Guidebook on Access To Capital – Partnership With USDA Continues To Provide Outstanding Benefits For California

A key to success at the California Department of Food and Agriculture is great partnerships, and one of our most important ones is with the USDA. We share a mission, we share knowledge, and we share resources as we work … Continue reading

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Climate change is another reason to protect farmland – From the Sacramento Bee’s “Viewpoints” section

One of the co-authors of this story, Richard Rominger, is a former CDFA director (now secretary) and USDA deputy secretary. The other co-author, Renata Brillinger, is executive director of the Climate and Agriculture Network.   http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/02/4684014/climate-change-is-another-reason.html By Rich Rominger and Renata Brillinger … Continue reading

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News Release – CDFA to establish climate change consortium to help specialty crop growers plan for future impacts

California’s specialty crops account for more than half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts as well as nearly $7 billion dollars of exports worldwide. California’s production of diverse specialty crops is threatened by potential climate-related phenomena, including reduced water … Continue reading

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Solar panels and onion power show the way to Ag energy self-sufficiency

One of the strategic objectives of Ag Vision: Strategies for Sustainability is to achieve the maximum usage of renewable energy by agriculture, thereby increasing economic productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.  Governor Brown has demonstrated important leadership with policy … Continue reading

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USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces New Drought Assistance Efforts

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/07/0247.xml&contentidonly=true WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades … Continue reading

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“Managing Agricultural Nitrogen” – Educational Forum Scheduled

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is partnering with the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)  to offer a timely and educational workshop for farmers and other stakeholders to … Continue reading

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