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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Farm-to-Food Bank Month a time for sharing and caring

More than four-million people in California are food-insecure and need a little help. It just doesn’t seem right to have that many people lacking nourishment in a state that produces such a bounty of healthy food. In recognition of that need, … Continue reading

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State’s Drought Response

SACRAMENTO – As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery … Continue reading

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How California could get smarter about droughts and flooding – from

By Nathanael Johnson First comes the drought, then the deluge. It’s not just that climate change is making the weather more extreme, with hotter dry spells and warmer winters that transform mountain snowpack to water. It’s also that the drought has actually … Continue reading

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Charter of Milan establishes important values for a sustainable world

The 2015 World’s Fair recently concluded in Milan, Italy, and an important development was the Charter of Milan, described by its authors as a moral, non-binding commitment to achieve such goals as regulations guaranteeing rights to food for all; stronger … Continue reading

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Woodland’s California Ag Museum in an exciting time of transition

In unassuming warehouse space nestled along I-5 in Woodland, a stone’s throw from the region’s famed rice fields and nut trees, something’s up. Change is afoot. If you’re an aggie, it’s all kind of exciting… What began a few decades … Continue reading

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Underground movement to save rain water – from the Los Angeles Times

By Bettina Boxall Gary Serrato watched as a tractor worked its way across a field of dried-up weeds, slicing the sandy dirt into orderly furrows. The field was being readied not for a crop but for what he hopes will … Continue reading

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TPP will benefit California – from the California Farm Bureau federation

With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the California Farm Bureau Federation urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the agreement. The TPP would reduce barriers to trade among the United States and 11 … Continue reading

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Map IDs farmland with greatest potential for replenishing ground water – from the University of California

This map helps identify farmlands with the most potential to capture groundwater and help recharge the aquifer. Credit: California Soil Resources Lab, UC Davis By Diane Nelson, UC Davis Growers, researchers, policymakers and others can now pinpoint California’s most promising … Continue reading

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California wins coveted ‘World’s Best Rice’ award

A historic achievement for California rice – on the final day of the 7th Annual World Rice Conference, hosted this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was announced that the “World’s Best Rice” award had been won by California Calrose … Continue reading

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‘Farm to Folks’ – from the Growing California video series

The latest segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Farm to Folks.”

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