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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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Happy National Farmers Day From CDFA!

  By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Here in California, harvest is practically a rolling, year-round occurrence. It’s just one of the many blessings of this wonderful place if you’re a farmer. It’s fitting, though, that National Farmers Day comes at … Continue reading

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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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Science and can-do spirit intersect impressively in Southern California pest programs

A trip to Southern California this week was a welcome reminder of the remarkable work our employees do to protect us from threats posed by invasive species. My first stop was the joint CDFA/USDA Medfly Preventative Release Program in Los … Continue reading

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Decades-long Pink Bollworm quarantine lifted in California – Video

Following a Pink Bollworm quarantine and eradication program that endured for more than 50 years, the USDA has lifted regulations for the cotton pest in California. In this video, CDFA examines the history of the program and the innovation that … Continue reading

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UC plays crucial role for California Ag – from the Western Farm Press blog

By Tim Hearden In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune to visit and work with some of California’s most successful trade schools and career-technical education programs. About a year ago, I visited with instructors and students involved with an … Continue reading

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