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Increasing more targeted cattle grazing is a win-win-win opportunity – from AgNetWest

By Brian German A team of ten researchers looked closely at cattle grazing in California and determined that the practice has a great deal of potential in combatting catastrophic wildfires. Cattle are exceptionally efficient at reducing the amount of fine … Continue reading

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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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The Value of Conservation: Our land, our farms and our farmers all have stories worth preserving

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross It’s not quite New Year’s Eve yet, but I’ve already got the kernel of a resolution taking root in my mind for 2020. It’s about stories – stories about people. About farmers and ranchers. About … Continue reading

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Video: CDFA takes part in California Biodiversity Day, September 7

The Golden State celebrates “California Biodiversity Day” on September 7, 2019. Home to the most diverse species and ecosystems in the U.S., California celebrates by encouraging actions to protect the natural variety that is part of the state’s enduring allure. The California … Continue reading

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Video: Secretary Ross invites you to celebrate California Biodiversity Day on September 7

California’s tremendously varied natural and working lands make our state one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Please join CDFA and our partners at the California Natural Resources Agency in celebrating California Biodiversity Day on September 7, 2019. This annual … Continue reading

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CDFA partnership with California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

From the Association’s monthly partner spotlight The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has been an essential partner and supporter of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) and Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs). CDFA is a key funder and … Continue reading

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NRCS invites proposals for 2019 Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is now accepting proposals for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Up to $500,000 is available for one- to three-year grants. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 … 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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LUNDBERG FAMILY FARMS RECEIVES CALIFORNIA LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD

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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Leopold Award finalists announced for 2018

The Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are proud to announce the 2018 finalists for the prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award®. The award honors private landowner achievement in the voluntary stewardship and management of natural … Continue reading

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