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Monthly Archives: October 2015

CDFA grants help growers upgrade irrigation systems – from Ag Alert and the California Farm Bureau Federation

By Bob Johnson Hundreds of farmers around the state are upgrading their irrigation systems with the financial support of a California Department of Food and Agriculture grant program for projects that improve water and energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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National Manufacturing Month – Recognizing where the harvest leads

For a lot of our farmers here in California, this is about the time of year when we stand back with pride and a little relief that the harvest is done. There is always plenty more work to be done, … Continue reading

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“Growing Together,” from the Growing California video series

The next segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Growing Together,” a profile of closely-knit farmers flourishing in the Central Valley.

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Guarding against foot-and-mouth disease – a partnership of dairy farmers, UC Davis and CDFA

California’s dairy farmers have joined together with the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis–a joint venture with CDFA–to fund research through the California Dairy Research Foundation that has brought a much more rapid detection system for … Continue reading

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New forecast says El Nino may help Northern California – from the Sacramento Bee

By Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese El Niño might put a dent in the drought after all. In a revised forecast Thursday, the National Weather Service said Northern California stands a decent chance of getting significant precipitation from this winter’s … Continue reading

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CDFA Joins State in Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

California celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day today on the cusp of a transportation revolution that will lead to cleaner air and fewer greenhouse gas emissions as more drivers turn to zero-emission vehicles. The U.S. Senate has declared Thursday, … Continue reading

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California to benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership

The USDA has released a series of fact sheets illustrating how the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement can boost the U.S. agriculture industry, supporting more American jobs and driving the nation’s rural economy. Created by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural … Continue reading

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Growing California video series – Apple Hill

This is a reprise post from our Growing California video series. Apple Hill is now open for its annual fall run in El Dorado County.

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USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities’ Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables

Funding Supports Local Food Systems, Farmers Markets and Healthier Eating for SNAP Participants Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack helped to kick off the nation’s harvest season this week by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley to lead study of crop drought tolerance

By Sarah Yang UC Berkeley is leading a $12.3 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions, an increasing concern for agriculture as the effects … Continue reading

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