Monthly Archives: April 2014

Big Headed Ant in Orange County – from the Orange County Register

  By Scott Martindale COSTA MESA – State agricultural inspectors are canvassing a residential neighborhood near the Santa Ana River this week after finding a colony of an aggressive ant species in someone’s front yard, the first documented sighting of … Continue reading

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Drought sends California cattle packing – from Reuters

Ranch hand Ricardo Madrigal feeds cattle on the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta, CA Credit – Reuters:Max Whittaker/Files By PJ Huffstutter and Tom Polansek For decades, ranchers from the east have brought their livestock to California, where mild winters … Continue reading

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News Release – State Board of Food and Agriculture to discuss agricultural careers, innovation and industry advancements at UC Davis Word Food Center

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss issues related to innovations, advancements and careers within the agricultural sector at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, May 6th at the World Food Center at UC Davis. This meeting will … Continue reading

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‘Bug Factory’ a key tool for CDFA in Asian citrus psyllid program – From KABC-TV, Los Angeles

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions

With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve … Continue reading

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Outsmarting the Drought – from the Sacramento Bee

By Elaine Corn The fear of scarce water is really the fear of scarce food. In its third year, the drought has already forced California growers to leave 800,000 farm acres unplanted this year, says Dave Kranz of the California … Continue reading

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California’s Thirsting Farmland – from the New York Times

Todd Allen walks his parched farm, which usually grows melons and wheat. Credit Peter DaSilva for The New York Times By Stephanie Strom This summer, Todd Allen’s only crop will be Pima cotton. He and his brother, Joel, usually also grow cantaloupes … Continue reading

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Food waste-to-energy converter introduced at UC Davis

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State Drought Relief Program to Provide Food to Hard-Hit Communities – from the California Department of Social Services

As extreme drought continues to grip much of the state, the California Department of Social Services has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. The first $5.1 million in food assistance will begin to hit … Continue reading

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California food banks to benefit from California Grown promotion

California’s agricultural community has long been a champion of our state’s food banks. The folks over at California Grown have taken a thoroughly modern approach to supporting California food banks: snap a “selfie” and they’ll donate a pound of food. … Continue reading

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