Monthly Archives: March 2017

A sweet farewell – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: One of our last stops in Australia was so fun – Ferrero Rocher, the world’s third largest confectionary!! Claudio Cavallini, general manager of the company’s Australian agriculture program, welcomed us to the 2,000-hectare property -a former cattle ranch … Continue reading

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Citrus Down Under – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: Australian farmers grow some of the same specialty crops as we do in California, including citrus. Frank Mercuri, chairman of Pacific Fresh, hosted us for a tour of as citrus packing house and an orchard. Pacific Fresh is … Continue reading

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Impressions of a vast, dry continent – Climate Smart Agriculture Mission to Australia

New South Wales: On this day we left Canberra at 7am and traveled south and west to what is known as “irrigation country.” The scenery reminds me of a drive from Sacramento to Ione (Amador County). Our stops included a … Continue reading

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Photo highlights from #CalAgDay 2017

  Special thanks to Bob Laliberte and Robbie Chessey for their help with the photography this year.

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Ag Day underway

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Ag Day today – rain or shine!

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Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Mission – Secretary Ross and Ag delegation in Australia

CANBERRA, the Australian capital: A number of us were late in arriving to Canberra because of weather delays while traveling. So we made a quick turnaround to join up with the rest of the delegation and our hosts for day-one of … Continue reading

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A Farm Bill for our families

CDFA is in the midst of preparing California’s recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is renewed every five years and serves as the policy guideline for food and farming in the United States. The legislation touches all … Continue reading

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Video – Parasitic wasps released in Asian citrus psyllid project in Santa Clara County

CDFA has initated the release of tiny parasitic stingless wasps in Santa Clara County as part of the Asian citrus psyllid project there. The wasps, called tamarixia radiata, control psyllid populations by parasitizing their egg masses. Once a population of … Continue reading

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More than a slogan – The urgent need to work together for a better water future

Earlier this week I joined people representing a diverse group of interests for a panel discussion about water. The event, in Clovis, was organized by Sustainable Conservation, and its title, The Common Good: Working Together for a Secure Water Future, represents … Continue reading

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