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CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards delivers new digital system to simplify registration for licensed agents

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Division of Measurement Standards has launched its Registered Service Agency (RSA) portal to simplify the registration process for licensed agents and companies that sell, rent, install, service, or repair California’s 1.85 million commercial … Continue reading

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Helping California build the “Hydrogen Village”

CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards Today on the steps of the State Capitol, The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) is taking part in a “Hydrogen Village” showcasing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. DMS plays … Continue reading

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Celebrating Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

CDFA joins colleagues across the nation in celebrating National Weights and Measures Week, March 1 -7. This observance commemorates President John Adams’ signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. Also, in 1850 when California became a … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Measurement Standards = Marketplace Fairness

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Kristin Macey

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. Throughout the year this blog will feature a number of items to commemorate this milestone. Today we continue with the Centennial Reflections video … Continue reading

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A look at weights and measures – from the Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen Note – CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards works closely with county sealers of weights and measures who, under the supervision and direction of the CDFA secretary, carry out the vast majority of weights and measures enforcement activities … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Testing: Secretary Ross at CDFA’s Measurement Standards office in Anaheim

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is in Southern California today to check in on the department’s various projects, including a visit to the Anaheim office of CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards where staff conducts hydrogen fuel testing to detect contaminants like … Continue reading

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Weights and Measures Week March 1-7 celebrates fairness in the marketplace

Each year, Weights and Measures Week is observed March 1-7 in the U.S., commemorating the signing of the first weights and measures law and celebrating the weights and measures inspectors who protect consumers and provide a level playing field for … Continue reading

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CDFA helps nail down lumber standards – from the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Before you line up at the cash register in a building-materials store, you might want to ask yourself: Is that 8-foot, 2×4 board you’re about to buy actually 8 feet long and really 1.5 inches thick by 3.5 inches wide?* State and local inspectors … Continue reading

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Arrrrr – Pirates may be responsible for U.S. rejection of the metric system – from the New York Post

By Lauren Tousignant The United States could be using the metric system — the universal system of measurement that every industrialized nation uses except the U.S. — if it wasn’t for a bunch of pirates 224 years ago. French philosophers … Continue reading

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