Monthly Archives: January 2015

New for the 2015 growing season: brochures provide nitrogen fertilization guidelines

Over the past 20-plus years, California farmers have come to know CDFA’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) office as a respected resource for the science of crop nutrients. Recently, through a joint project with UC Davis, FREP has completed … Continue reading

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UC Davis launches Innovation Institute for Food and Health – from the Sacramento Bee

  By Edward Ortiz  The fate of the world’s food supply, the relationship of food to health, and the role of venture capital in farming were among a slate of issues tackled by noted national scientists and others during the … Continue reading

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El Capitan Achievement Celebrated with California Sparkling Wine

Here area couple of exciting photos of Sonoma County native Kevin Jorgeson and his climbing partner Tommy Caldwell celebrating with California sparkling wine after scaling the Dawn Wall of El Capitan – a feat that has earned them admiration and cheers from all … Continue reading

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California conservation projects in new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  … Continue reading

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“Coins for Cans” highlights final days of Holiday Food Drive

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Recent CDFA Border Protection Station activities protect bird flocks and citrus

An old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The California Department of Food and Agriculture practices this principle through its Border Protection Stations. There are 16 of them along the state’s perimeter, staffed by … Continue reading

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The Tournament of Roses – a California Grown opportunity to honor tradition and look to the future

Over the last several years I have been honored to receive invitations from the California Cut Flower Commission to spend time with them at the Tournament of Roses, and I was fortunate to be able to visit Pasadena again last … Continue reading

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Restaurant scraps returned to farms as compost in new program – from the Sacramento Bee

  By Edward Ortiz It’s farm to fork to farm. That describes the loop that is near and dear to Sacramentan David Baker, co-founder of ReSoil Sacramento, a local effort to use bikes to pick up food scraps at area … Continue reading

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