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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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Drip-irrigation study sees 37 percent reduction in water use and five percent increase in yield

A new study suggests that drip irrigation for sweet corn can significantly conserve water, reduce fertilizer use and boost crop yield in the low desert of California – and likely in other areas of the state with similar conditions. Although … 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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State enlists commercial, industrial sectors in water conservation efforts

New Regulations Will Drive Down Commercial Water Use as Urban Residents and Farmers Cut Back Amid Historic Drought, Changing Climate From a California Natural Resources Agency news release As Californians continue efforts to reduce water use at homes and on … Continue reading

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International Webinar on Dairy Methane Reduction Programs and Climate Smart Agriculture with California, Netherlands and Denmark

Join CDFA and the Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands The State of California, Denmark and the Netherlands are all actively working to reduce methane gas emissions, capture methane gas from dairy operations, and utilize that gas as a renewable … Continue reading

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Applications due March 1 for FARMER funding to upgrade agricultural trucks, equipment, reduce pollution

$4.65 million available — across 18 California air districts — for purchase of cleaner agricultural trucks, pump engines, tractors and more From the California Air Resources Board Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are now available for 18 … Continue reading

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To Break Bread, We Need Water

Throughout the country, those who grow our food are grappling with water in changing climate. By Page Buono Water connects us across generations, cultures, geographies. And, though we may often forget, water also connects us across tables. We need water. … Continue reading

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Research partnership with CDFA and others uses compost to tackle climate change – from UC Merced

By Lorena Anderson A thin layer of compost applied to grasslands could help fight climate change by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil, recent research shows. UC Merced Professor Rebecca Ryals and a team of researchers, ranchers … Continue reading

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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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