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CDFA statement on racial equity

The challenges and anguish of 2020 have impacted us all and exposed deep-seated disparities affecting people of color across all aspects of our society, which must be urgently addressed to create a more just and caring state and nation. CDFA … Continue reading

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CDFA programs help bridge gap between disadvantaged communities and nutritious foods

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is committed to helping all Californians access healthy and nutritious California-grown food. But for many disadvantaged Californians, our state’s bounty is out of reach. Two programs helping to bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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CDFA and Climate Science Alliance release 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops Report

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the Climate Science Alliance, has released the 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops Report for the Southern California Region, which covers three distinct growing regions: San Diego County, South San … Continue reading

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CDFA environmental scientist joins national young Ag leaders program

From a Farm Foundation news release CDFA environmental scientist Emily Zakowski, who works in the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis, has been named a 2020-2021 cohort for the Farm Foundation’s Young Agri-Food Leaders and Young Farmer Accelerator programs. Each … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom Launches ‘Wear a Mask’ public awareness campaign

As COVID-19 cases rise throughout the state and in advance of the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the “Wear A Mask” public awareness campaign encouraging Californians to use face coverings – one of the best ways people … Continue reading

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COVID-19 webinar series offered to agriculture by Western Growers

As California enters peak summer harvest season, there is increasing concern over the potential impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural workforce. To minimize the risks of disruption to our farms and food supply, the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor … Continue reading

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Imperial County produce company stepping up to assist California families in need

By CDFA secretary Karen Ross Two months ago Governor Gavin Newsom announced initiatives to combat food insecurity in California, including new funding to expand the California Association of Food Bank’s Farm to Family Program. Additionally, CDFA introduced a #FarmersFeedtheNeed social … Continue reading

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Ag shrinking under weight of California regulations – from Western FarmPress

Rising costs of compliance are forcing many growers to switch crops, shut down or leave the state By Tim Hearden Dairy owner Steve Nash used to be enmeshed in California politics, staying active in the Fresno County Farm Bureau and … Continue reading

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Do Your Part. Wear a Mask. A COVID-19 video with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

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Workplace COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Employers from the California Department of Public Health

​Memo from State Public Health officer Dr. Sonia Y. Angell: This checklist is intended for use by employers experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace. Employers should be proactive and keep in mind that identification of even a single … Continue reading

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