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Monthly Archives: November 2014

From the New York Times: The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State

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Thankful for what’s on our table

What’s on the table for the Thanksgiving feast is often a matter of household tradition. In my family, that means turkey with all the fixings! Maybe your traditional Thanksgiving is much the same, but it’s good to know that here … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Needs Farmers Too – Farm to Food Bank Month Spotlight

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is centered in one of America’s wealthiest regions. But as the cost of living soars, nutritious food has become a luxury for the nearly 250,000 people who depend on … Continue reading

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Growing California video series – What does California Grown mean to you?

With Thanksgiving coming next week, CDFA presents “What does California Grown mean to you?” It’s the latest segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown.

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Veggie Trike brings fresh produce to streets – from the Sacramento Bee

By Sammy Caiola “Fresh fruits and veggies! Fresh fruits and veggies!” Like a jovial street merchant from days of old, a bearded Collin Samaan stood on Liestal Row between 17th and 18th streets Friday in Sacramento, vending healthy foods out … Continue reading

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Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, but is still under $50 for 10 people – from the American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of … Continue reading

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Three-hundred tons of nutrition from annual food drive

CDFA knows food. We inspect it, we protect it, and we really enjoy it. So when the State of California came looking for a lead agency to coordinate the annual State Employees Food Drive, they didn’t have to look far. … Continue reading

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USDA and partners complete first-of-its-kind sale of carbon credits from working ranch grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost … Continue reading

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202 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become – from the Los Angeles Times

It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state’s condition isn’t expected … Continue reading

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‘Explore Exporting’ seminar comes to Sacramento on December 9th

Small businesses lead the way in U.S. export growth, however many food companies never consider the prospect of going international. On December 9th, the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association (WUSATA), in partnership with California Department of Food and Agriculture … Continue reading

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