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Climate smart ag collaboration between California and the Netherlands

California and the Netherlands continue their longstanding partnership on Climate Smart Agriculture, first established in 2015 with a visit by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to the Netherlands. The two governments share opportunities for innovation within the food sector to reduce … Continue reading

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Building Belowground Biodiversity: A Free Webinar for Healthy Soils Week 

Healthy Soils Week is December 5-9, 2022 More than a quarter of the world’s biodiversity lives belowground, in our soils. And about a third of the biodiversity in the United States is right here in California. California farmers and ranchers … Continue reading

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Climate Week 2022 – Meet CDFA Senior Environmental Scientist Elizabeth Hessom and learn about her work on the Healthy Soils Program

Elizabeth Hessom, a senior environmental scientist at CDFA, has been with the agency for a year and a half and currently works on the Healthy Soils Program, which helps producers to improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Farmers on Drought — Roberto Le-Fort, San Luis Obispo County

Roberto Le-Fort and Dolores Howard farm a diverse number of crops just north of San Luis Obispo in the town of Creston, California, including apples, peaches, four varieties of basil, carrots, tomatoes, a multitude of herbs and spices, as well … Continue reading

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Climate Week 2022 – meet CDFA senior environmental scientist Alyssa Louie and learn about her work on methane emissions reduction programs

Alyssa Louie, a senior environmental scientist at CDFA, has been with the agency for seven-and-a-half years and currently works on the Dairy Digester Development and Research Program (DDRDP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), both of which reduce greenhouse … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross discusses climate smart, resilient and regenerative food systems with New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture

On Tuesday, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Board of Food and Agriculture President Don Cameron met with New Zealand Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to discuss a variety of agricultural issues related to climate and trade. The meeting also … Continue reading

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KTXL Fox 40: Farmer turns to UC Davis-developed tech to conserve water

As the drought continues into the warmer months, farmers are looking for ways to help conserve water while still trying to keep their businesses afloat. One Yolo County grower has found a way to do that using a water monitoring … Continue reading

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Farmers On Drought: Nick Boldt – Stone Fruit, Reedley, CA

This summer, CDFA is asking farmers what this drought means for their farms, their families, and their ongoing efforts to reduce water use and improve efficiency. What does this drought mean for your farm? “In a normal year my farm … Continue reading

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California Pollinator Coalition Reports Increasing Cooperation Among Ag, Conservation Groups

Members note successful projects in celebration of National Pollinator Week June 20-26 A year after coming together to help make the agricultural landscape more friendly to pollinators, members of the California Pollinator Coalition say they’re gaining momentum, building stronger relationships … Continue reading

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CDFA joins Aemetis in celebrating the commissioning of Biogas to RNG upgrade

On Friday the 10th of June, CDFA’s Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands Virginia Jameson was on-hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony commissioning the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project’s dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) cleanup and compression unit and … Continue reading

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