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CDFA Undersecretary Birdsong applauds partnership as USDA announces funding for schools to purchase locally grown foods  

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Undersecretary Christine Birdsong spoke at an event yesterday held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters to announce the award of more than $23 … Continue reading

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Sacramento schools are giving kids farm-fresh meals – and California is following the lead – from the Sacramento Bee

By Benjy Egel Alfred Melbourne tromped through Three Sisters Gardens’ half-acre urban farm on a recent Friday morning dressed in black Ray-Ban sunglasses, cut-off shorts and a black tank top showing off his lean build and many tribal tattoos. Hummingbirds … Continue reading

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CDFA Launches Farm2Food Accelerator Program to Empower Small Business Growth for Women, Minorities, and Small-Scale Farms and Ranches

Applications are Open and Classes begin in November. Classes are also available in Spanish with bilingual instruction and curriculum. CDFA is partnering with the NASDA Foundation (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) to launch a Farm2Food Accelerator Program in … Continue reading

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Video — Eggs, dairy and regenerative farming

Through regenerative farming practices, Alexandre Family Farm achieves sustainable water conservation goals in its production of eggs and dairy products. Located in Northern California’s Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the farm also focuses on healthy soils.

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Celebrating California Agriculture: Ag Day 2022 photo gallery

California’s annual celebration of agriculture returned to the west steps of the State Capitol today, bringing together farmers, ranchers and agricultural enthusiasts of all kinds to spread the word. Thanks to everyone who came out to share the bounty of … Continue reading

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CDFA partners with community colleges to launch export training program

CDFA is partnering with the State Center Community College District and the Fresno Center for International Trade Development to launch an export training program for California food and agriculture companies. This training program, focusing on new-to-export agricultural businesses, will help … Continue reading

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CDFA Farm to School Incubator Grantee Highlights

In continued celebration of October as National Farm to School Month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) spotlights several of the 60 farm to school projects that received funding through the CDFA Farm to School Incubator Grant Program … Continue reading

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Video: California Strawberry Farmer Uriel Hernandez

Our California Strawberry Commission is doing some beautiful work introducing some of its farmers through videos, like this one on Uriel Hernandez and his journey coming from a hard-working family of 11 kids, his experience with FFA, and earning an … Continue reading

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Ag Leadership Program alums reunite at World Ag Expo to celebrate 50th class

CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt joined farmers, ranchers and leaders from throughout California’s agricultural community this morning at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, coming together as alumni of the famed California Agricultural Leadership Foundation program known simply as “Ag … Continue reading

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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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