Monthly Archives: July 2014

Navy veteran shows urban children the value of work and education through farming – from ABC News

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As trade mission to Mexico ends, collaborative efforts will continue

  Our last days in Mexico City continued the themes of cooperation and engagement.  The agricultural delegation had a meeting with the National Association of Supermarkets and Department Stores (ANTAD) and hosted a Business Roundtable with Agricultural Importers and Distributors … Continue reading

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California and Mexico – a win-win relationship

It speaks volumes that during our meetings in Mexico, the notion of “ganar-ganar,” or a “win-win” relationship was mentioned more than once. Our discussions have focused not only on building stronger trade relationships between our two markets, but in also … Continue reading

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Recapping the 2014 California State Fair by the numbers

The California State Fair has completed another successful season with a 17-day run that ended on Sunday, July 27. The Fair has provided a recap by the numbers: More than 750,000 guests came through the gates. 159,242 cars were parked … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in Mexico City for Governor Brown’s trade mission

My first impressions of Mexico City as part of Governor Brown’s trade mission were a sensory overload. From the vibrant colors and artistry of the flower market within Mercardo de Jamaica, to the unbelievable aromas drifting blocks away from the … Continue reading

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CDFA benefits from new training initiative that helps State improve efficiency, cut red tape

    One of my priorities as secretary is process improvement, looking at all CDFA operations for opportunities to increase efficiency and, ultimately, improve our service to the people of California. It’s a key provision in CDFA’s Strategic Plan, recognizing … Continue reading

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Weird Al video demonstrates creativity, versatility of CDFA IT programming staff

Weird Al Yankovic with CDFA IT programmer and animator Jarrett Heather One of CDFA’s Information Technology programmers, Jarret Heather, is enjoying a richly deserved moment in the spotlight for his work on a side project, animation for a video by … Continue reading

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Governor Brown to lead trade and investment mission to Mexico next week

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will travel to Mexico City next week to meet with Mexican government and business leaders, help boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation. Governor Brown … Continue reading

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Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis – News release with quote from Secretary Ross

UC Davis will be partnering with Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province, and the University of California, Davis, today signed a memorandum of agreement that lays the … Continue reading

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Young women changing the face of California farming – from the Sacramento Bee

Andrew Seng / aseng@sacbee.com Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are among a wave of young … Continue reading

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