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Film ‘Living Soil’ celebrates second anniversary, surpasses one-million views

This is Healthy Soils Week 2020 in California. From Morning Ag Clips The Soil Health Institute, the non-profit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing soil health, announced the 2nd anniversary of Living Soil, which has become the nation’s premier soil health documentary. Living … Continue reading

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Fresno County tops nation in Ag production – from Western Farm Press

By Todd Fichette After several years of playing second or third string to neighboring counties, Fresno County, Calif. held its top spot as the leading county for gross agricultural output in the United States, though the dollar figures between the … Continue reading

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CDFA leads California State Employee Food Drive by encouraging monetary donations during COVID

For many years the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has coordinated the annual California State Employee Food Drive during the holiday season. State employees were encouraged to place donated food items in bins located in state agency lobbies, … Continue reading

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CDFA secretary Karen Ross kicks off Healthy Soils Week

Today is the start of California Healthy Soils Week! In this video, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross kicks off a weeklong series of events and activities that highlight the importance of healthy soil “On the Farm and at Your Home.”

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California partners with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to enlist Earth-observing satellite data in climate change efforts

Space-Based Observations Will Help Inform Action on Sea-Level Rise, Forest Health, Biodiversity, Carbon Emissions and More  A new partnership with Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) will help state agencies better understand climate change impacts and identify opportunities to build … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving message from CDFA secretary Karen Ross

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Get Ready for California Healthy Soils Week, Nov 30 – Dec 5

Next week, beginning Nov. 30, is California Healthy Soils Week, a series of events that highlights soil health and culminates on United Nations’ World Soil Day, Saturday Dec. 5. To kick off the week, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross will provide … Continue reading

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State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM beginning Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM SACRAMENTO – In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department … Continue reading

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CDFA Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship Program Recognizes World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

This is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (11/18 – 11/24). In recognition of that, CDFA is highlighting California’s innovative program focused on antimicrobial use and stewardship in livestock. Antimicrobial resistance is an issue of importance to all of us – across … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins those applauding Center for Organic Production and Research at Cal Poly

Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million for center to bring industry and academia together to solve challenges and prepare future leaders in organic production and soil health  From a Cal Poly News Release Cal Poly is set to change the landscape … Continue reading

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