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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Migrant farmworker housing: Part of the solution for our industry’s workforce – and their families

Recently, I had the privilege of taking part in a tour of several housing centers for our state’s migrant farmworkers hosted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  I was eager to participate in this tour with Business, … Continue reading

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USDA launches new “Healthy Eating on a Budget” section of site

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled Healthy Eating on a Budget – the newest addition to Consumers continue to want more information about how to make better eating decisions with limited resources. To meet this need, the USDA’s … Continue reading

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Want to be happier? Eat your vegetables! – from the Silver Lining Psychology blog

By Patricia Thompson When you were a kid, did your mother urge you to eat your vegetables?  If your home-life was anything like mine, you were presented with a constant array of veggies at dinner time.   Some, like corn … Continue reading

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Lodi 10th annual ‘Zinfest’ a celebration of community

I recently was invited to Lodi to join that region’s Winegrape Commission in celebrating the 10th annual “Zinfest.” It’s a great example of food and wine events that create local economic activity and foster direct communication between consumers and farmers. Zinfest … Continue reading

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Rescued calf gets high-tech prosthetics – from the Associated Press via the Fresno Bee

Wearing his new prosthetic legs Hero gets a taste of shrubbery Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Houston. The abandoned calf rescued from a Virginia farm a year ago and brought to Texas after it nearly died is getting permanent prosthetics … Continue reading

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Heritage Harvests – from the Growing California video series

The latest video in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is Heritage Harvests, a profile of the Rominger family farm in Yolo County.

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UC Davis Study Determines Preliminary Findings of Economic Impact of Drought in Central Valley – News Release

California’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year and could cost the industry $1.7 billion and cause more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary results of a … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins elementary school students to experience Mobile Dairy Classroom

Earlier this month, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined students at Sacramento’s Pacific Elementary School for a visit from the Mobile Dairy Classroom, where an instructor shared fun facts like: cows have built-in fly swatters, and milk is warm when it … Continue reading

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Atwater High School FFA students qualify for national finals for first time in school history – from the Merced Sun Star

Atwater FFA’s Julie Dailey, Katelyn Baptista, Goldi Vang, Emmanual Avila, and Hans van Warmerdam compete in the Milk Quality and Dairy Products competition during the MJC FFA Field Day competition in March. By Doane Yawger For the first time in … Continue reading

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Prunes get their mojo back – from the Sacramento Bee

By Debbie Arrington Wrinkles can be cool – if you’re a prune. Many of us have had a long love affair with our crinkly, locally grown prunes, even if they weren’t considered the coolest fruit in the bunch. But that’s … Continue reading

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