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Proposed revision to Produce Safety Rule agricultural water requirements — comment period open through April 5

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a revision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule that would change the pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for farms covered by the Produce Safety Rule (other than sprouts). … Continue reading

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New FFA program helps students transition to college

From a Farm Credit Alliance news release Going off to college is a big leap into the unknown for most college-bound high school seniors – especially when they’re doing so in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. To help ease … Continue reading

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Information on free COVID tests from federal government

The federal government has launched a website that allows individuals to order free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests delivered directly to one’s home. Order online at www.covidtests.gov Every home in U.S. can order four (4) free at-home COVID-19 tests Tests are … Continue reading

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Video — California’s citrus heritage in Tulare County

California leads the nation in citrus production, and Tulare County leads California in navel orange production. Meet a farmer whose family has been on land in Tulare County since 1917! Videos in English and Spanish.

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Yolo County vintner honored as first-ever Nuffield International Scholar from California

From a Nuffield Scholars news release The Nuffield International Farming Scholars program, which develop leaders to help shape the future of agriculture, has named vintner Thomas Merwin of Clarksburg (Yolo County) as a scholar for 2022. He is the program’s … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom’s California Blueprint provides meaningful and historic opportunities for agriculture

Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Blueprint, the proposed state budget for 2022-2023, will provide a number of meaningful opportunities for rural California, including agriculture.  “The investments in this budget are a huge boost for our rural communities as we continue our work for sustainable … Continue reading

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USDA Invests $9M to Expand Reach and Increase Adoption of Climate-Smart Practices

Includes $1.5M for the California Climate Hub at UC Davis The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions … Continue reading

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CDFA joins partner state agencies to detail progress on Water Resilience Portfolio

From a News release by the California Natural Resources Agency A new report released today conveys significant progress made in the past 18 months to implement the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Newsom Administration’s water policy blueprint to build climate resilience … Continue reading

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The importance of California’s agricultural water supplies — opinion piece from CalMatters

By Chris Scheuring, senior counsel for water policy at the California Farm Bureau Wendell Berry famously said that eating is an agricultural act. That makes all of us into farmers, and nowhere is that more true than in water terms.   For … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins California State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim in urging that the Port of Oakland be utilized to help ease port congestion

A letter from Secretaries Ross and Kim to the leading companies shipping to California ports We are writing to request that ocean carriers take full advantage of underutilized California ports, including the Port of Oakland, to ease congestion in the … Continue reading

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