Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

Secretary Ross welcomes Baja California to Global Soil Health Challenge

About the Global Soil Health Challenge Announced by California and France at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the Global Soil Health Challenge calls on national and sub-national governments (like Baja California) to include ambitious programs of action … Continue reading

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California projects among those receiving $9.4 million in USDA funding for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers

The USDA has announced that it will issue $9.4 million in grants to provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. Two organizations in California will receive a combined amount of nearly $373,000 Agriculture & … Continue reading

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Video – CDFA’s developing cannabis appellations program   Learn more about CDFA’s CalCannabis program

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See the Tractor Tree at the Big Fresno Fair

  Video from the Fresno Bee.    The Big Fresno Fair runs through October 14, but the Tractor Tree will remain as a permanent museum exhibit at the fairgrounds. Here’s a story about the Big Fresno Fair in The Business … Continue reading

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October – CDFA joins in Firewood Awareness Month

CDFA joins the rest of the nation in observing the designation of October as Firewood Awareness Month. We are providing a video on the invasive species risk of moving firewood as well as tips from our Division of Measurement Standards … Continue reading

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Remembering the creator of the ‘California Raisins’

The passing last week of noted claymation artist Will Vinton brought back memories of his highly-celebrated work in agriculture: the California Raisins, featuring animated characters that rocketed to fame in the ’80s. Vinton himself found fame long before that – … Continue reading

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Tackling the Ag labor shortage – California Farm Academy strives to create a new labor pipeline

Farmers have been struggling with not only a labor shortage on one end, but long-term supervisors, farm managers and farm owners starting to age-out of the business. The Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization located in Winters, recently created … Continue reading

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Get a refund for organic certification fees

Here in the Golden State, “organic” is a label that must be earned – but for farmers, processors and related businesses who have done the work and earned the right to use that label, there’s a way you may be … Continue reading

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New tariffs from China pressure farm exports – from Ag Alert

By Ching Lee  In the escalating trade conflict between the U.S. and China, more California agricultural products now face new retaliatory tariffs in one of their export markets. China has implemented a new round of tariffs on $60 billion worth … Continue reading

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Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers – from CALmatters

By Alistair Bland / CALmatters Loren Poncia’s idling pickup shudders in a powerful gust of afternoon wind in western Marin County. Inside the warm cab, he scans the sun-browned hills through his binoculars, counting his grazing cows. Poncia raises beef cattle. … Continue reading

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