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Climate neutrality within reach for California dairy sector – from Feedstuffs

Researchers from the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) are rethinking methane and showing that climate neutrality is within reach for the California dairy sector. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is 25-28 times stronger than carbon dioxide  — the primary … Continue reading

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Beneficial wasps released in Southern California to help reduce Asian Citrus Psyllid populations – from CBS-2 Los Angeles

Note – CDFA releases approximately 100,000 stingless parasitic wasps each week in areas of California with high populations of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, an invasive species that spreads huanglongbing, or citrus greening, a disease that is fatal to citrus trees. … Continue reading

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Remembering environmentalist and farmer John Anderson

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross I am saddened by the recent loss of John Anderson, DVM, farmer, scientist and environmentalist, who passed away on August 19, 2020. It seems quite fitting to pay tribute to him during this week of … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom’s ‘On The Record’ column – all Californians urged to get counted in Census by September 30

Governor Gavin Newsom has released his latest “On the Record” column encouraging Californians to get counted in the 2020 Census by September 30. The column is part of a media collaboration with California Black Media, Ethnic Media Services, ImpreMedia, Univision and … Continue reading

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CDFA environmental farming program saves water and energy

Recent heat waves have caused California’s energy grid to take a beating, which forced the California Independent System Operator, the entity that operates the state’s power grid, to institute rolling blackouts. How do California’s farmers and ranchers deal with energy … Continue reading

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$50 billion in cash receipts for California farmers and ranchers in 2019

In 2019, California’s farms and ranches received more than $50 billion in cash receipts for their output. This represents a slight increase over reported cash receipts for 2018. California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Day next week – a video with Secretary Ross

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CDFA Senior Farmers Market Program helping to keep seniors fed – from the California Association of Food Banks

As Californians, we’re lucky to live in a state that grows an abundance and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables – more than 300 different crops! Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of this seasonal bounty by visiting our local farmers’ markets. Thankfully, there are programs that make … Continue reading

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USDA offers disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires

USDA News Release California agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. As agricultural producers move into recovery mode … Continue reading

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USDA extends free meals for children through December 31, 2020

From a USDA News Release U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free … Continue reading

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