Planting Seeds - Food & Farming News from CDFA

Category Archives: Conservation

USDA Begins Second Year of National Project to Quantify Effects of Agricultural Conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation | Leave a comment

Glimpses of California’s water future – from the Los Angeles Times

  By Peter King A sprawl of sewage treatment plants, recharge basins and desalination facilities, stretching out across an industrial backlot near Rancho Cucamonga. A collection of slender, solar-powered telemetry towers rising from an almond orchard in the San Joaquin … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Drought | 1 Comment

USDA Seeks Partner Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. “USDA has leveraged partnerships to accomplish … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Environment | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

A Day in Marin: Farmers Share a Passion for a Place Called California

“A day in Marin.” Say that out loud to someone from California’s Bay Area, then stand back and watch the reaction. “Well, I could reschedule that meeting, move some things around…” It’s something you want to do, someplace you want to … Continue reading

Posted in Agricultural Education, Agricultural Marketing, Conservation, Dairy, Environment | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Governor Brown talks about drought and Ag on PBS

Posted in AG Vision, Agricultural Education, Conservation, Drought, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Soil Health – a conversation between Secretary Ross and “Sammy Soil”

The theme of California Ag Day at the State Capitol last week was “Breaking New Ground,” with soil health a key focal point. During the event, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross took a moment to discuss the issue with “Sammy Soil,” … Continue reading

Posted in AG Vision, Agricultural Education, Conservation, Environment, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reminder – Ag Day today at State Capitol!

Please join us and tag your photos with #agday2015

Posted in AG Vision, Agricultural Education, Conservation, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Soil health music video – “Don’t Treat it Like Dirt”

Ag Day 2015 is scheduled for tomorrow at California State Capitol. The theme this year, “Breaking New Ground,” includes soil health, and that’s the subject of this music video produced for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Posted in AG Vision, Conservation, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near- and Long-Term Water Priorities – News Release SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Conservation, Environment, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New study to reflect conservation benefits from farming in Central Valley

Every year thousands of California farmers work hard to protect the environment while maintaining the state’s enviable status as the Nation’s top agricultural producer. Farmers establish highly efficient irrigation systems, limit or stop the runoff from their farms, add vegetative … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment