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Monthly Archives: July 2016

California gets $18 million from federal program for farmworker housing

Six farmworker housing projects in California have been awarded $18 million in loans from the USDA’s Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant Program to help qualified organizations develop housing for farmworkers, make housing repairs, and provide household furnishings. A total of $26 million … Continue reading

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State Fair’s Ag Heritage Breakfast honors farming and ranching pioneers

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined the California State Fair and state agricultural leaders this morning for the annual Ag Heritage Breakfast, a fair-sponsored event that recognizes the pioneers of California agriculture – Ag operations in business for 100 years or … Continue reading

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California welcomes proclamation of National Farmers Market Week in August

My former boss at the USDA, Tom Vilsack, recently signed a proclamation designating August 7-13, 2016 as “National Farmers Market Week.” This is the 17th annual event showcasing the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. We appreciate … Continue reading

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Let There Be Water – Secretary Ross appears on national podcast – from the Huffington Post

By Seth M. Siegel Among Nebraska’s best farm exports may be one of the country’s most important agriculture officials, California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross. Raised on a Nebraska farm, Ross knows her way around fields and barns, … Continue reading

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Weighing bees – entomologists and engineers working together on research project – from UC Davis

By Andy Fell How do you weigh a bee? That’s the question that brought together insect specialists at the University of California, Davis, and two teams of UC Davis engineering students this year, to try and solve what turns out … Continue reading

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California State Fair opens today for 17-day run

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Video – CDFA helping to fuel the future

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Self-driving robots to start delivering food in Europe – from Forbes

By Parmy Olson One of Europe’s biggest food-delivery apps, Just Eat, will start testing autonomously-driven robots to bring orders to customer doorsteps in the next few months, part of an exclusive partnership that makes it the first such delivery take-out … Continue reading

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NorCal chefs join effort to reduce food waste – from the Sacramento Bee

By Cathie Anderson Chef Patrick Mulvaney and his team at Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in midtown Sacramento regularly butcher whole hogs themselves, carefully ensuring that they use every element of the animal, because food waste translates into lost revenue in the … Continue reading

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NRCS making air quality incentives available to agricultural producers

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making air quality funds available to help agricultural producers improve and maintain air quality within designated nonattainment areas of California. Funding for the National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) is available through the Environmental … Continue reading

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