Category Archives: Climate Change

Why industrial farms are good for the environment – op-ed in the New York Times

By Jayson Lusk, professor of agricultural economics, Oklahoma State University There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and … Continue reading

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CDFA collaborates on draft ‘Vibrant Communities and Landscapes’ plan to help meet climate change goals

Note – CDFA is a collaborative partner in an effort to meet a mid-term greenhouse gas reduction reduction target for California of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. CDFA is joining with the following agencies: Business, Consumer Services and Housing … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture Online Webinar: Netherlands & California Discuss Saline Agriculture

Last month CDFA hosted a climate smart agriculture webinar in partnership with the Netherlands and the University of California’s World Food Center addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and along coastal areas. The webinar is now available … Continue reading

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Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought – from UCANR

By Jeannette Warnert, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show aired, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to … Continue reading

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Governor Brown issues order to continue water savings as drought persists

Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water … Continue reading

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Video: Earth Day @ CDFA

Happy Earth Day from CDFA! This video provides a brief look at just a few of the programs and projects at the California Department of Food and Agriculture that help farmers protect the environment. From healthy soils and dairy digesters to alternative … Continue reading

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Safeguarding California – Climate Change Implementation Action Plan for Agriculture

With the release this week of the State’s Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans, the work of CDFA is detailed along with other state government agencies working to adapt to climate change. Excerpts: CDFA has developed outreach and incentive programs such … Continue reading

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State Water Action Plan Updated to Reflect Two Years of Progress

Efforts to Achieve Sustainable Water Resources Tracked and Detailed SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – The Natural Resources Agency, Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Environmental Protection Agency today announced an updated California Water Action Plan that incorporates two years of … Continue reading

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COMET-Farm: Science-based Tools to help Specialty Crop Growers

Agricultural food production and the relationship with the air, water and soil systems is complex, both from scientific and practical perspectives. Bringing the scientific interrelationships into a user-friendly on-line tool to help agricultural producers understand their entire farming operation’s carbon … Continue reading

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Delivering on Climate Smart Agriculture

Our trip to the Netherlands is just the start of greater collaboration with the Dutch in addressing climate change in the agricultural sector. The innovations in water use, green house technology, and saline agriculture are practical on-farm solutions that can … Continue reading

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