Category Archives: Agricultural Education

CDFA Supports National Farm to School Month

When a child briefly holds a cherry tomato before biting down to enjoy its sweet taste, does the student wonder about the tomato’s origin? Who grew it? Is this a healthy treat for me to eat? The California Department of … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins groundbreaking for Food Literacy Center’s future cooking school

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross participated yesterday in a groundbreaking event for the Food Literacy Center’s future cooking school at Leatatta Floyd Elementary School in Sacramento. Food Literacy works with school districts to inspire children to eat their vegetables while also … Continue reading

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Sacramento Farm Day puts kids in touch with Agriculture

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined in the “Sacramento Farm Day” festivities today, hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. The event,  presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, brings in about 1,000 students and teachers who rotate … Continue reading

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California Agriculture Day at the Capitol: photo highlights

Happy Ag Day! The California Department of Food and Agriculture hosts Agriculture Day at the Capitol each Spring in partnership with California Women for Agriculture and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. This year’s theme was “Centennial Celebration: 100 … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross talks public policy with Coro Fellows at State Capitol

Young and emerging leaders participating in the Coro Fellows Program are in Sacramento this week to learn what they can, both personally and professionally, about a wide range of public policy areas, including agriculture and its important role in California. … Continue reading

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Californian heads FFA officer team elected at 91st National FFA Convention & Expo

Luke O’Leary, a Californian and agricultural leadership and development major at Texas A&M University, has been elected FFA national president at the organization’s 91st annual national event. He receives the gavel from 2017-18 National President Breanna Holbert, also a Californian. … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross on “Imagine If” podcast discussing climate change with young Northern California rancher

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross recently traveled to the Willows area in Northern California to participate in the “Imagine If” podcast, presented by the North American Association for Environmental Education and National Geographic. Secretary Ross met with 17-year-old Bailey Morrell at her parents’ ranch. … Continue reading

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“Imagine If” podcast project pairs Secretary Ross with a promising young ag leader

Podcast to air this summer will feature a dynamic conversation between generations of ag leadership about climate change, drought, and how farmers and ranchers are overcoming challenges. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross spent a rewarding afternoon recently with young rancher, student, and … Continue reading

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Growing California video series – “Fairview Farm Camp” educates, inspires

Enjoy this encore from CDFA’s Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown. We visited Fairview Farms for a profile of this urban farm near Santa Barbara – a farm with an educational mission.

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CDFA Promotes Nutrition and Farmers’ Markets at Senior Rally Day at the Capitol

Seniors from all over California traveled to the State Capitol this week for Senior Rally Day, an annual gathering led by the Seniors Count Coalition. CDFA’s Office of Grants Administration was there to spread the word about the Senior Farmers’ … Continue reading

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