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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bee theft in California on the rise – from the Guardian

By Brett Murphy EXCERPTED The bees crawled up the thief’s arms while he dragged their hive over a patch of grass and through a slit in the wire fence he had clipped minutes earlier. In the pitch dark, his face, … Continue reading

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San Francisco hotels host beehives for honey supplies, pollinator awareness – from the Associated Press via ABC News

By Kristin J. Bender At the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, there are more than 370 rooms inside and 100,000 bees buzzing above in rooftop hives outside. Yes, honeybees. Aware of the well-publicized environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced … Continue reading

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Video – CDFA’s outreach to senior citizens at Senior Rally Day

More information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

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Is quinoa California’s next niche crop? From the Los Angeles Times

  Rice farmer and California State Board of Food and Agriculture member Bryce Lundberg in an Imperial Valley quinoa field – courtesy LA Times.                   By Geoffrey Mohan Bryce Lundberg is elated, … Continue reading

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A short video at a certified farmers’ market

Learn more about certified farmers’ markets in California

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#CAonMyPlate; Farmers innovate to get more crop per drop – commentary in the San Diego Union Tribune

By Andy Lyall During your next meal, I encourage you to look down at your plate. More closely. No matter if you live in San Diego or Baltimore, chances are, one or more of the foods on that plate was … Continue reading

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Governor Brown issues order to continue water savings as drought persists

Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water … Continue reading

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California Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

News release from Sustainable Conservation The Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications through July 8 for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners … Continue reading

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What’s a carbon farmer? From Yes! Magazine

By Sally Neas For many climate change activists, the latest rallying cry has been, “Keep it in the ground,” a call to slow and stop drilling for fossil fuels. But for a new generation of land stewards, the cry is … Continue reading

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Public Service Recognition Week reminds us that our strength is our people

Keeping an eye on our food supply is at the core of what we do at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Nutrition, food safety, quality – that’s important work. But there’s a lot more to it than that, … Continue reading

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