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Update on climate change programs from CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation

CDFA recently issued this newsletter to provide updates about programs in its Office of Environmental Farming Initiatives. The Healthy Soils Program OEFI has a new program that aims to improve soil health by increasing soil carbon and reducing atmospheric greenhouse … Continue reading

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Aguiar-Curry supports cap-and-trade extension – from the Davis Enterprise

Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, voted in favor of landmark legislation Monday to extend California’s cap-and-trade program. The package includes AB 398 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella; AB 617 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens; and ACA 1 by Assembly Republican … Continue reading

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CDFA Honors Environmental Farming Science Advisory Panel Member Luana Kiger on Her Retirement

The Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (Science Panel), appointed by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, has the critical job of assessing and documenting agriculture’s positive impacts on the environment. The group examines issues like ecosystem services and how they relate to agriculture. The … Continue reading

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This quiet agricultural ‘moonshot’ could change the future of food – from the Washington Post

By Jenna Gallegos The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming … Continue reading

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New approach would better serve fish and farmers – from Ag Alert

By Justin Frederickson The remarkable success of the Butte Creek project highlighted in this issue represents a microcosm of what the new Resiliency Strategy envisions throughout the Sacramento Valley. And recent developments on the Tuolumne River, for example, suggest something … Continue reading

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Targeting Food Waste: $5 million available for prevention/rescue grants

CalRecycle (a.k.a. the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has announced a new grant program targeting food waste. The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program aims to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by establishing/expanding food waste prevention and/or rescue … Continue reading

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A Climate Change Solution Beneath Our Feet – from UC Davis

From UC Davis There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the ground where it’s useful. When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our … Continue reading

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Video: Secretary Ross joins celebration of the formation of the California Farm Demonstration Network – from UC ANR

The newly formed Farm Demonstration Network is designed to increase the adoption of improved-performance conservation agriculture systems in California. Founding signatories, including CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, gathered on May 5 to launch the network with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): the … Continue reading

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Profiles in stewardship: how California specialty crop growers are producing a better environment – from American Farmland Trust

Across the Golden State, California agriculture producers are increasingly recognizing their responsibility to contribute to a healthier environment. This portfolio of profiles compiled by American Farmland Trust showcases outstanding real-world examples of environmental stewardship by California specialty crop producers. These … Continue reading

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Bats, allies to farmers, return home to roost in spring

From the University of California’s Division of Agriuclture and Natural Resources (ANR): Bats, those night-flying creatures of horror film fame, are beginning to migrate back to the Central Valley. It is an annual journey for most bats, flying south for the … Continue reading

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