Author Archives: Office of Public Affairs

USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney meets with California Agricultural Trade Groups

USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney met yesterday with California agricultural trade stakeholders to discuss foreign market opportunities and trade issues. California is the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation, with more than $20 … Continue reading

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Famous in France – CDFA citrus survey crew attracts attention of French news agency

CDFA’s citrus health program is hard at work in Southern California, surveying thousands of trees for signs of huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in areas where the disease has already been detected. The objective is to try to contain HLB … Continue reading

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Kids+Cows: Dairy Council’s new exhibit at the Cal Expo Farm

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Fair CEO Rick Pickering joined Dairy Council of California leaders and volunteers at Cal Expo in Sacramento this morning to welcome two busloads of students from nearby Elk Grove to tour a fresh, new exhibit and … Continue reading

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Sustainable beef, social media and the environment – from Forbes

By Neil Yeoh Christine Su, the millennial co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a San Francisco-based social venture, is building a technology platform for the meat industry to help reward producers for regenerative practices. PastureMap’s ranch management software is making regenerative … Continue reading

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Can dirt save the Earth? From the New York Times Magazine

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff EXCERPTED When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their ranch in Marin County, Calif., in 1998, it was mostly because they needed more space. Rathmann is an acclaimed children’s book author — “Officer Buckle and … Continue reading

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California and Chile to co-host webinar on climate adaptation strategies

Prolonged droughts. Erratic rainfall. Fluctuating temperatures. These extreme weather events are just some of the many ways climate change is exacerbating existing challenges faced by farmers and ranchers across the globe.  According to the United Nations, more than 80 percent … Continue reading

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Farm exports key to agriculture’s profitability – from Agri-Pulse

By Ed Maixner EXCERPTED Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue likes to tell people that he’s a “grow it and sell it kind of guy” who is always on the lookout for opportunities to do so. Increasingly, that means understanding world population and … Continue reading

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CDFA fertilization guidelines offer insight on a number of crops

California grows over 400 commodities that account for one-third of the country’s vegetable production and two-thirds of the country’s fruit and nut production. For many of these crops, there are various research and technical articles available that provide fertilization information. … Continue reading

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The focus on recycling organic waste

Note – CDFA’s Healthy Soils Initiative includes a partnership with CalRecycle.  The composting of organic waste has important benefits – improving soil health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  From the CalRecycle blog The effects of global climate change are now upon … Continue reading

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Road Trip! “Scrumptious California Tour” shows foodies the salad bowl of the world

Get your foodie passport ready to tour scrumptious California veggie country! With over 970 thousand acres of harvested vegetables, melons, and strawberries, the just released USDA NASS Vegetables 2017 Summary places California at a whopping $7.85 billion in vegetable production – over … Continue reading

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