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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA

By USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of accepting the Federal Agency of the Year award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Continue reading

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Address all factors to improve salmon numbers – from the Sacramento Bee

By Don Bransford and Fritz Durst Special to the Sacramento Bee For most people traveling on Interstate 5 in Northern California, Lake Shasta is viewed as a recreational jewel along their journey. The fact is the reservoir is a major … Continue reading

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Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought – from UCANR

By Jeannette Warnert, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show aired, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to … Continue reading

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State ag secretary recognizes local homeless services organization at fundraiser – from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

By Jake Donahue, Santa Cruz Sentinel Nearly 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon at a small urban farm that is the heart of a local organization helping Santa Cruz’ homeless get back on their feet. The Homeless Garden Project has found … Continue reading

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USDA Begins Second Year of National Project to Quantify Effects of Agricultural Conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation … Continue reading

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