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Pesticide use continues to decline in California, new data confirms – Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)

In the past 10 years, use of higher-risk pesticides has markedly declined in both pounds applied and acres treated Reported pesticide use in California declined by more than 5% between 2021 and 2022, reflecting a longer-term trend, according to the … Continue reading

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Growers, packers, buyers converge in California – CDFA hosts ag delegation from Mexico for visits in Fresno and Salinas

This week, CDFA is leading a delegation of Mexico produce buyers for visits with growers and packers in Fresno and Salinas before attending the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey. The visit is showcasing a variety of operations from stone fruit, grapes, leafy … Continue reading

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California Agriculture has a key role on 4th of July

California is proud of its agricultural bounty as the Fourth of July approaches! Our state plays a significant role in providing delicious food for all to enjoy during the holiday weekend! • In 2023, California sweet corn growers produced 364 … Continue reading

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Holiday Grilling and Smoking Tips From USDA

From a USDA News Release On July Fourth, the aroma of barbecue will fill the air as family and friends come together to celebrate with quintessential American cooking pastimes: grilling and smoking. Food is the biggest staple when it comes … Continue reading

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A Look at CDFA’s 2024-2025 Budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the 2024-25 state budget, which closes a General Fund shortfall of $46.8 billion through a balanced package of solutions, including spending reductions of $16 billion that maintain investments in core programs As outlined in the agreement announced by the Governor and legislative leaders, … Continue reading

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Pride Month profile — CDFA’s Siobhan Reid: a transition journey

As Pride Month nears an end, CDFA presents Q&A with Siobhan Reid, a five-year employee with the agency’s IT service desk. Siobhan discusses some of the dynamics of gender transition in the workplace as well as personally.  How long has … Continue reading

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​CDFA celebrates and welcomes UN declaration of 2026 as International Year of the Woman Farmer

The United Nations has declared 2026 as the International Year of the Woman Farmer, and the USDA hosted an event today in Washington DC to promote the announcement. CDFA is excited to celebrate the announcement and highlight the pioneering roles that … Continue reading

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CDFA Executive Leadership Academy Prepares Agency For Future

A cohort of current and future leaders selected from CDFA’s nine divisions recently completed the agency’s Executive Leadership Academy training course. The course, offered in partnership with UC Davis, consists of six seminars over a six-month period which support our employees’ development both personally … Continue reading

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CDFA partners with California Certified Organic Farmers on trade mission to Mexico

This week a delegation of California organic companies traveled to Guadalajara and Mexico City to meet with foreign buyers and learn about market opportunities for organic products. California is the nation’s largest agricultural producer of organic products, and Mexico imported … Continue reading

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month: a CDFA panel discussion

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and this week, CDFA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the agency’s Office of Civil Rights commemorated the month with a panel discussion featuring CDFA employees who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Moderated … Continue reading

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