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International Webinar on Dairy Methane Reduction Programs and Climate Smart Agriculture with California, Netherlands and Denmark

Join CDFA and the Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands The State of California, Denmark and the Netherlands are all actively working to reduce methane gas emissions, capture methane gas from dairy operations, and utilize that gas as a renewable … Continue reading

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Applications due March 1 for FARMER funding to upgrade agricultural trucks, equipment, reduce pollution

$4.65 million available — across 18 California air districts — for purchase of cleaner agricultural trucks, pump engines, tractors and more From the California Air Resources Board Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are now available for 18 … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Climate Smart Agriculture

Visit CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming Innovation website for more information.

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To Break Bread, We Need Water

Throughout the country, those who grow our food are grappling with water in changing climate. By Page Buono Water connects us across generations, cultures, geographies. And, though we may often forget, water also connects us across tables. We need water. … Continue reading

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California and Denmark to co-host webinar on anaerobic digestion and renewable natural gas

Farmers and ranchers in California and around the world are addressing climate change in many ways, including researching and developing new, innovative agricultural practices. Among those innovations are dairy digesters, which capture on-the-farm methane from cow manure and send it … Continue reading

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California Climate Investments – CDFA part of $1.4 billion program in 2018

A new report details how cap-and-trade investments are reducing climate-changing emissions while pumping money into local economies and improving public health and the environment across the state — especially in disadvantaged and low-income communities. Nearly $1.4 billion in new funding last year … Continue reading

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Video – Rice fields and wildlife

Videos from the California Rice Commission Northern California rice fields demonstrate what are known as ecosystem services – multiple benefits gained from farming and ranching, including crop and livestock production. Please visit CDFA’s database of ecosystem services throughout the state.

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From the Sand County Foundation: Lundberg Family Farms has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private conservation, created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by … Continue reading

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Turning waste into energy and other benefits: Secretary Ross addresses National Renderers Association

If it were up to her, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross would rather we all stopped using the word “waste.” That’s what she told the National Renderers Association last week at their conference in Orange County. When more than 62 billion pounds of animal by-products … Continue reading

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California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 … Continue reading

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