Category Archives: Climate Change

California and Denmark to co-host webinar on anaerobic digestion and renewable natural gas

Farmers and ranchers in California and around the world are addressing climate change in many ways, including researching and developing new, innovative agricultural practices. Among those innovations are dairy digesters, which capture on-the-farm methane from cow manure and send it … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in Mexico: Climate, Trade and Collaboration

It’s an honor to join Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis on California’s Trade Mission to Mexico. As the state’s largest trading partner and fifth largest agricultural export destination, Mexico is a key international partner for California. Over the last two days, … Continue reading

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UC Climate Smart Ag Team (including CDFA) showing results – from CalCan

Note – CalCan is the California Climate and Agriculture Network Technical assistance for farmers and ranchers is a critical tool for scaling up the widespread adoption of climate-beneficial agricultural practices. In the fall of 2018, University of California’s Division of … Continue reading

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A Time of Reckoning in the Central Valley – from Bay Nature/KQED Science

Climate change is upending agriculture and land use in California’s Central Valley By Mark Schapiro Inside a climate-controlled laboratory at the Duarte Nursery outside Modesto, an experiment is taking place that could help determine what food we will eat for … Continue reading

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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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The new plan to remove trillions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: bury it – from the Washington Post

By Laura Reiley Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent … Continue reading

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Earth Day on the Farm: Celebrating Soils, Science and Solutions

By Karen Ross, SecretaryCalifornia Department of Food & Agriculture When we celebrate Earth Day, we come together to recognize our earth as a giant, complex ecosystem that we – humans – have pushed out of balance. Why is it a … Continue reading

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Farmers look to adapt to climate change – from Bakersfield.com

By John Cox Delano citrus grower Matt Fisher prefers not to use the term “climate change,” and doesn’t like debating the topic, but he’s thought a lot about how to deal with it. He has invested in highly efficient drip-irrigation … Continue reading

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California Climate Investments – CDFA part of $1.4 billion program in 2018

A new report details how cap-and-trade investments are reducing climate-changing emissions while pumping money into local economies and improving public health and the environment across the state — especially in disadvantaged and low-income communities. Nearly $1.4 billion in new funding last year … Continue reading

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Climate change: Bug-covered ‘bionic mushroom’ generates clean energy – from BBC News

By Matt McGrath, BBC US researchers have successfully tested the rather whacky idea of producing electricity from a mushroom covered in bacteria. The scientists used 3D printing to attach clusters of energy-producing bugs to the cap of a button mushroom. … Continue reading

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