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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Oriental fruit fly infestation in Stockton will trigger quarantine

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is preparing for quarantine and eradication measures in response to the Oriental fruit fly (OFF) infestation detected in the Stockton Area of San Joaquin County. “Our statewide array of pest traps has worked … Continue reading

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Celebrating Excellence: Citrus Research Board honors CDFA’s Tina Galindo

In my time at CDFA, and in the years before that when I worked cooperatively with the agency as a member of the agricultural industry, I’ve come across many accomplished, truly outstanding public servants.  So many people quietly dedicate their … Continue reading

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Finding Agriculture Everywhere

Here’s a game for your next car trip:  Name something you see, and see if your kids can link that object to a farmer.  For starters:  orange tree, landscaping plants…  Then houses (wood, carpets…), cars (fabrics, resins, polymers, adhesives, biofuels…) … Continue reading

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Governor Brown joins Secretary Ross at Yolo County Land Trust “Day in the Country” event

Governor Brown with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross at the Yolo Land Trust’s “Day in the Country” event.   Yesterday I participated as a “celebrity chef” at The Yolo Land Trust’s “Day in the Country” annual fundraiser. It was their largest … Continue reading

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50th Annual Harvest Luncheon in Modesto

Today, I had the opportunity to speak at the 50th annual Harvest Luncheon in Modesto. This is a great cause. The money raised goes to fund scholarships for Ag students – the next generation of agricultural leaders in California. I … Continue reading

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USDA Report Shows More Than 17 million American Households Lack Food Security

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2011 — USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the results of USDA’s Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 report that found that the percentage of very low food security … Continue reading

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First Asian Crop Harvest Festival Opportunity to Celebrate Heritage

  One of the most remarkable things about our state and nation remains the opportunities available to immigrants. Even now, in the midst of recession, there are new Americans pursuing their dreams, just like many millions before them. In agriculture, … Continue reading

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Wisconsin study finds big dairies produce cleaner milk By DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press Monday, September 5, 2011 (09-05) 00:25 PDT MILWAUKEE (AP) — With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that … Continue reading

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