Monthly Archives: January 2015

California State Fair announces first Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

The California State Fair is expanding its commercial competitions for 2015 to include a competition for extra virgin olive oil. Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent of it. Extra virgin olive oils … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Food banks seek to double farm donations – from The Packer

By Mike Hornick An effort to double California grower contributions to food banks is underway. The California Association of Food Banks and the California State Board of Food and Agriculture have set a goal to increase annual contributions from 100 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

New Cap-and-Trade Program to Focus on Agricultural Land Conservation

California’s Strategic Growth Council has approved final guidelines for a new program that will integrate conservation of agricultural land into the state’s efforts to mitigate climate change and prevent urban sprawl. The Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation (SALC) Program will use … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NASA satellite mission to help farmers and water managers – from the Sacramento Bee

By Edward Ortiz A NASA satellite being launched into space Friday will measure moisture in the top layer of soil, including soil on California farm fields far below. The Soil Moisture Active Passive project is expected to provide crucial information … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nationwide USDA Organic Survey Underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just kicked off the Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Farm-to-fork means new opportunities for small growers – from the Sacramento Business Journal

By Mark Anderson The farm-to-fork movement has been good to many restaurants in the Sacramento region. Easy access to locally grown food has built revenue and reputations. But it’s not all about the fork. Some small farmers also are getting … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA Seeks Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers to use to address natural … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Video – Veterinarians team with sheriff’s deputies to rescue cow stuck in mineshaft

———————————————————————————————————- Story from the Modesto Bee By Jeff Jardine One of the perils left over from the Gold Rush era in the Mother Lode is the number of mine shafts still exposed. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2011 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Agriculture well-represented at Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined colleagues from across state government this week to honor recipients of the annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA). The GEELA program is California’s highest environmental honor – recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hopes for drought’s end fade as California rains vanish – from Bloomberg

  By Brian K. Sullivan California will reach the halfway point in its rainy season this weekend. Hopes that the three-year drought will be washed away are probably already in the past. While December brought heavy rains that put the state … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment