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Join CDFA in Celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2020

In honor of National Pollinator Week, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross will kick off a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020 entitled, “California’s Efforts to Restore and Protect Pollinator Populations.” The webinar, set for 10-11:30 … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Climate Smart Agriculture

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Healthy Soils Week: Legislative briefing demonstrates, explains the value of healthy soil

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USDA report takes stock of cover crop benefits

A new USDA report finds that farmers are likely to see returns from planting cover crops within three years if the practice is used to deal with herbicide-resistant weeds, to graze livestock or to reverse soil degradation. The report is … Continue reading

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Public invited to visit San Joaquin Valley soil health demonstration site in Five Points

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices. “Every Friday morning … Continue reading

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Healthy Soils: CDFA hosts Chinese delegation

CDFA recently hosted a Chinese delegation visiting to learn more about the department’s Healthy Soils Program. The delegation was comprised of directors and agronomists from China’s agricultural extension services, similar to the University of California Cooperative Extension service. The delegation was … Continue reading

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New Partnership with UC advances Climate Smart Agriculture in California

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding this morning at Sacramento’s Stanford Mansion to initiate a new partnership to advance Climate Smart Agriculture in California. This … Continue reading

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Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture: a “California Conversation” brings leaders, innovators together

The Global Climate Action Summit is September 12-14 in San Francisco. The affiliated Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture Event in Sonoma County is connecting climate stakeholders including farmers and ranchers, multinational corporations, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations to further the role of agriculture in climate … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture and California’s Healthy Soils Initiative

The discussions underway at the Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture and Global Climate Action Summit events this week include the critical importance of healthy soils. California’s Healthy Soils Initiative is a collaboration of state agencies and departments, led by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, … Continue reading

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Video: Maximizing Cover Crop Benefits for Growers – from NRCS & AgNet West

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Lockeford Plant Materials Center conducts trials year-round to find plants and mixes that producers can successfully use to improve their soils. Lockeford PMC Manager Margaret Smither-Kopperl talked about the multiple benefits cover crops can have and how … Continue reading

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