Monthly Archives: May 2018

CDFA Border Stations chipping in on invasive mussels prevention over holiday weekend.

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water … Continue reading

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Citrus impact to economy: $7 billion – from the Business Journal

By Frank Lopez A new study commissioned by the Citrus Research Board (CRB) values the total economic impact of California’s citrus industry at $7.117 billion. Bruce Babcock, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of … Continue reading

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What will we be eating in 2050? Farmers weigh several factors – from Grist

By Nathanael Johnson EXCERPTED Chris Sayer pushed his way through avocado branches and grasped a denuded limb. It was stained black, as if someone had ladled tar over its bark. In February, the temperature had dropped below freezing for three … Continue reading

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Biosecurity tips for bird owners

As CDFA continues its work with federal and local partners and poultry owners to respond to a recent detection of virulent Newcastle disease in Los Angeles County, it offers these reminders to bird owners in California and elsewhere.  

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The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water – from the Los Angeles Times

By Karen Kaplan According to a new report in the journal PLOS One, we Americans wasted just over 25% of our food between 2007 and 2014. Although we did a decent job of finishing up our nuts and seeds (only … Continue reading

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Facing Climate and Water Pressures, Farmers Return to Age-Old Practice – Water Deeply

  Just 5 percent of California farmers use cover cropping, but that’s likely to increase as researchers work to quantify the amount of water that can be saved by the practice and its benefit for river ecosystems. By Jane Braxton … Continue reading

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How can I use natural materials to build soil fertility in my garden? – Sustainable, Secure Food Blog

Not much beats the taste and nutrition of fresh vegetables that travel from your garden to your kitchen! Or the fragrance of fresh cut flowers that go straight to your vase. What are some ways you can use – or … Continue reading

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Growing California video series – “Fairview Farm Camp” educates, inspires

Enjoy this encore from CDFA’s Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown. We visited Fairview Farms for a profile of this urban farm near Santa Barbara – a farm with an educational mission.

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UCR scientist rediscovers insect lost for 105 years

Little is known about elusive beetle species, despite role in wildflower pollination By Sarah Nightingale, UCR A scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has rediscovered a tiny flower beetle that was last seen more than a century ago. Adriean … Continue reading

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California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories – from Grist

By Nathaniel Johnson, Grist In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month. Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program, they’re designed to reverse climate change by sucking carbon dioxide out of the … Continue reading

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