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As summer travel rebounds, Californians urged to leave citrus at home

News release from the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program As COVID-19 restrictions ease, summer travel is expected to increase, and California agricultural officials are cautioning Californians on what not to pack for their trips – homegrown citrus fruit and … Continue reading

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Kick-off webinar and workshops for California Adaptation Strategy

Help us map the next statewide roadmap to a climate-resilient California for all! The impacts of climate change, such as wildfire, extreme heat, drought, flooding, and sea level rise, are a clear and present threat to California’s communities, environment, and … Continue reading

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USDA announces availability of $92.2 million in grants for local agriculture markets and food systems

From a USDA news release The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). These grants support the development, coordination and expansion … Continue reading

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Real California Milk EXCELerator and New Incubator Boot Camp Launch Search for Performance and Recovery Innovation in Dairy

3rd Annual California Milk Advisory Board and VentureFuel Contest reflects consumers’ focus on personal health & wellness The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced the return of its annual dairy innovation competition with a new name and increased focus … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan – Highlights for Agriculture

Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan proposes historic new investments in sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems. The budget builds on the $285 million included in the Governor’s January Budget and proposes an additional $641 million over two years for a … Continue reading

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California Natural Resources Agency announces first two topical workshops and advisory panels on advancing 30X30 and climate smart lands

From a Resources Agency news release The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) will launch a series of virtual topical workshops focused on the State’s commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30×30) and enlist … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Healthy soil grants provide millions for soil health

Read the report here Learn more about CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program

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Governor Newsom announces $5.1 billion package for water infrastructure and drought response as part of $100 billion California comeback plan

Package includes billions for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities Part of the Governor’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan, a comprehensive recovery plan to tackle five of the state’s most persistent challenges Governor Gavin … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom expands drought emergency to Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Tulare Lake Watershed counties

41 counties now under drought state of emergency to protect communities and the environment, representing 30 percent of the state’s population Governor Gavin Newsom today significantly expanded his April 21 drought emergency proclamation to include the Klamath River, the Sacramento-San Joaquin … Continue reading

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USDA invests more than $90 million in grants for local and regional food producers affected by pandemic

USDA News Release The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The LAMP grants announced today are funded through the Farmers … Continue reading

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