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Ag Day 2020 on March 18 at State Capitol

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FDA statement lifting romaine lettuce consumer advisory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, previously reported on December 12, 2019, that public health experts were tracking three separate outbreaks linked to … Continue reading

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Fitbits for cows? From the Weatherford (TX) Democrat

By Madelyn Edwards Researchers at Tarleton State University’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center in Stephenville are using devices similar to Fitbits to track the health habits of dairy cows. The researchers are saying that tracking a cow’s eating, sleeping and movement … Continue reading

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Farming support for Governor Newsom’s proposed 2020-2021 budget

The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) have both expressed support for Governor Newsom’s proposed 2020-2021 budget. Farm Bureau president Jamie Johansson: “The governor’s budget reinforces his commitment to rural California. In his inaugural … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom proposes more than $70 million for healthy school meals in 2020-2021 budget – News Release from the Center for Ecoliteracy

Note – As part of Governor Newsom’s proposal, CDFA would receive $10 million in 2020-21, and $1.5 million in 2021-22 and ongoing, to establish a grant program for qualifying school districts participating in a farm-to-school incubator pilot project. Students across … Continue reading

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CDFA budget highlights for 2020-2021

California governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2020-21 budget proposal to the Legislature today – a spending plan that maintains structural balance, builds reserves, and reduces liabilities. For CDFA, the budget would be $600.4 million. Here are some of the key elements: … Continue reading

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CDFA, DPR to hear public input on replacing Chlorpyrifos

In an ongoing effort help Californians transition away from the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will hold three roundtable discussions this month across the state. Last year DPR … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom calls on CDFA and fairgrounds in executive order on homelessness

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order today to address the homeless crisis. “The State of California is treating homelessness as a real emergency – because it is one,” said Governor Newsom. “Californians are demanding that all levels of … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Ensuring our Food Supply is Grown to California’s High Standards

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Food tech could stop rot – from the Chicago Tribune via the Los Angeles Times

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Imagine bananas that never go bad. To Aidan Mouat, chief executive of Chicago-based Hazel Technologies, it’s not so far-fetched. His company makes a product that extends the shelf life of all sorts of produce — avocados, cherries, … Continue reading

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