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Monthly Archives: June 2015

CDFA’s commitment to eradicate the Japanese Beetle

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is currently working on a pair of Japanese Beetle eradication projects in Sacramento County, in the communities of Carmichael and Fair Oaks. The beetle has been called perhaps the most devastating pest of … Continue reading

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A story of the drought: less water, more flavorful peaches – Q-and-A with David “Mas” Masumoto in the Los Angeles Times

By Geoffrey Mohan David “Mas” Masumoto settles on a patio chair on a cool San Joaquin Valley evening, perhaps the last one before summer converts the valley into a kiln. The author and organic farmer has just sold the last … Continue reading

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Fruits and vegetables top the list of locally produced foods served in U.S. schools

According to USDA’s Farm to School Census, 36 percent of the U.S. public school districts that completed a questionnaire reported serving at least some locally produced foods in school lunches or breakfasts during school years 2011-12 or 2012-13. While fruits … Continue reading

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How water technology can help farmers survive California’s drought – from Fortune

By Katie Fehrenbacher Another year of crushing drought in California means new water cuts are in the works for both cities and farmers, who use up to 80 percent of the state’s water in an average year. In what is … Continue reading

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2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Program (GEELA) now accepting applications

The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, … Continue reading

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Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for USDA Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation’s … Continue reading

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Preliminary report on drought impacts to agriculture in 2015

Drought conditions in crop field near Woodland, Calif. By Richard Howitt, Duncan MacEwan, Josue Medellin-Azuara, Jay Lund and Daniel A. Sumner The drought is expected to be worse for California’s agricultural economy this year because of reduced water availability, according … Continue reading

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California agriculture: it’s worth the water – Op-ed co-authored by Secretary Ross in the LA Times

By Karen Ross and Daniel Sumner Pundits here in drought-stricken California have become fond of proclaiming that farms consume 80% of the state’s water and generate only about 2% of its gross domestic product. “Why devote so much of our … Continue reading

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Davis think-tank event invites solutions to world hunger – from the Sacramento Bee

By Sammy Caiola How do you feed 9 billion people by 2050? That question was posed Friday to a room of UC Davis students, community activists, farmers and Monsanto executives at a think tank-style event on campus. About 70 attendees … Continue reading

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