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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fruit flies with backpacks – from the Australian website “The Conversation”

  By Paul De Barro and Paolo de Souza, research scientists Queensland’s fruit and vegetable farmers are under pressure, having lost their main weapon against their main enemy – fruit flies. Last year, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority banned … Continue reading

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A look back at Ag Day 2014

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A farmer’s perspective on groundwater – from the Sacramento Bee

  By David Mas Masumoto In this drought year, it’s my only hope. Yet I can’t see it, hear it or feel it. It lies hidden deep beneath my farm. Without it, my farm and my neighbors go thirsty. All … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross honors prize-winning student Ag authors

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined six California student authors recognized for their prize-winning stories about agriculture in the Imagine This…story writing contest. On Wednesday, March 19, the students and their teachers were honored during a ceremony at the California State … Continue reading

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“California – Always in Season” campaign announced by California Grown and Visit California

Driven by the farm-to-fork movement and a growing interest among travelers for culinary experiences, Visit California is partnering with California Grown to launch a new marketing campaign, “California, Always in Season.” The two entities announced their partnership at the campaign … Continue reading

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Highlights from Ag Day at the State Capitol

California’s agricultural community gathered on the west steps of our State Capitol today to show, see and sample the wonderful crops and products that come from our farms and ranches. Despite challenges such as the current drought, the Golden State’s … Continue reading

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Ag Day today at State Capitol!

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Cattle Ranching Critical to Environment, Even During Drought

It is human nature to come at a crisis from one’s own point of view. Sometimes, however, that can lead to conclusions and courses of action that are ineffective at best and drastically short-sighted at worst. With the drought and … Continue reading

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USDA Reaching Out to Farms and Ranches Impacted by Drought and Disaster

A wetter than usual February has helped turn the brown hills of California’s coastal ranges and Sierra foothills a light shade of green and while these rangelands won’t be mistaken for Ireland any time soon, this precipitation was a welcome … Continue reading

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Save the Date! California Ag Day on March 19

The annual California Ag Day has been scheduled for March 19 at the west steps of the State Capitol. Ag Day is one of a series of events scheduled that week to celebrate farming and ranching in our state and … Continue reading

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