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Technology saves on-farm water, increases yields — from KABC-TV, Los Angeles

By Phillip Palmer The amount of water you can save at home is a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things, but agricultural users are responsible for an estimated 50% of total water used in California. So … Continue reading

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CDFA encourages summer school meals programs to participate in “F2Summer Week” June 20-24

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) encourages summer school meal programs to “Get to Know Your Local Farms” during Farm to Summer Week June 20-24. The Teach, Taste and Connect elements of F2Summer Week include celebrating local foods … Continue reading

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CDFA Celebrates Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. This day in history has been recognized as Juneteenth (“June” + “nineteenth”) and celebrates this … Continue reading

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CDFA joins Aemetis in celebrating the commissioning of Biogas to RNG upgrade

On Friday the 10th of June, CDFA’s Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands Virginia Jameson was on-hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony commissioning the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project’s dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) cleanup and compression unit and … Continue reading

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Middle school garden incorporates agricultural tips for water conservation

Part of Mt. Diablo School District’s Farm to School Incubator Grant Program grant to enhance the existing 2.25-acre school garden at Riverview Middle School is to spread the news about agricultural practices of utilizing swales and berms to conserve water. … Continue reading

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Pride Month and CDFA’s commitment to equality

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross I was honored yesterday to participate in Sacramento’s Pride March along with CDFA employees who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, and supporters of that community. I am proud to stand among them. Our LGBTQ+ … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joined by former CDFA and USDA secretary Ann Veneman for grand opening of Central Valley Ag innovation center

CDFA secretary Karen Ross and former CDFA and USDA secretary Ann Veneman recently participated in the grand opening of the Sun World International Center for Innovation in the Kern County community of Wasco. The center is developing fruit varietals with … Continue reading

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Statement by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on USDA’s announcement of a new framework for resilience and competitiveness in our food systems

This morning, the USDA announced a framework designed to create “new, more and better markets for small and midsized producers” across our nation and here in California. Recognizing the supply-chain interruptions and disruptions brought on by both the pandemic and … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins Governor Newsom, New Zealand prime minister for Memorandum of Cooperation signing on climate 

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross (photo-center) joined Governor Newsom, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (to Secretary Ross’ right), New Zealand minister of agriculture and trade Damien O’Connor (to secretary’s left), and other dignitaries today at a memorandum of cooperation signing … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross learns about Farm-to-School efforts in Inland Empire

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