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Employment opportunities in critical food and agriculture infrastructure

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Thriving demand for local farms that deliver – from Politico

By Liz Crampton Farmers who sell boxes of meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables directly to consumers are seeing a huge spike in orders as the coronavirus outbreak changes how people buy food. Food delivery businesses run by local farmers across … Continue reading

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Thanking California Farmworkers

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Thank you, farmworkers. Thank you for the physically strenuous work in all kinds of weather to bring a crop from planting to harvest.  Thank you for the daily contributions you make to bring safe, high quality food to our tables from the … Continue reading

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The Work Continues – Feeding Hungry Children During COVID-19 Crisis

CDFA’s Office of Farm to Fork (F2F) is committed to ensuring that all Californians have access to healthy and nutritious California-grown food. F2F would like to highlight the important work of partner agencies to make sure that needy school children … Continue reading

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With dining rooms closed, restaurants work together to feed the needy – from the Sacramento Bee

By Benny Egel Five upscale Sacramento restaurants have launched a program called Family Meal that’ll supply community members in need with thousands of free, pre-cooked meals each week throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Allora, Camden Spit + Larder, Canon, Binchoyaki and Mulvaney’s B&L will assemble a combined … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross thanks federal government for streamlining H2A process

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross: “I want to thank USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for elevating the importance of streamlining the process for eligible H2A applicants who have worked in the United States before or who are already here.  Secretary Perdue understands … Continue reading

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The Work Continues – CDFA maintains critical food inspections during COVID 19 pandemic

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The Work Continues: a COVID-19 Video Update from CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

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California agricultural commissioners maintain services during pandemic – from Ag Alert

By Christine Souza With a statewide directive now in place for California residents to remain at home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the illness it causes—COVID-19—and with agriculture considered a “critical infrastructure industry” by government agencies, … Continue reading

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CDFA’s COVID-19 resources web page: Updated information for food and agriculture

CDFA’s COVID-19 dedicated web page is constantly updated with resources for those in the Food and Agriculture sector, which is regarded as critical infrastructure in this crisis as well as all other times. The web page features information about the … Continue reading

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