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Monthly Archives: December 2016

USDA’s “MyPlate, MyWins” Helps Americans Turn Resolutions into Real Solutions for Healthy Eating in the New Year

New video series, landing page, and resources guide Americans towards a healthier eating style The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has launched a New Year’s campaign to help Americans turn their resolutions into … Continue reading

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California to receive nearly $22 million in conservation partnership funding

The USDA has  announced that 88 high-impact projects across the U.S. will receive nearly a quarter billion dollars in federal funding as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, partners have proposed to contribute up to … Continue reading

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California leads nation in direct food sales

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Secretary Ross to appear at 2017 Rose Parade festivities to promote California Grown flowers

As part of the upcoming Rose Parade festivities, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross will once again join the Buy California Marketing Agreement (BCMA) and the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) on December 31 to recognize Cal Poly campuses at San Luis … Continue reading

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Santa’s reindeer cleared for entry into California by State Veterinarian

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones has granted a 24-hour permit clearing all brand inspection and health requirements for nine reindeer scheduled to visit California on the evening of December 24 and in the early morning hours of December 25. … Continue reading

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Video – CDFA and LA County team with California Conservation Corps in Medfly program

As CDFA continues its work to eradicate a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation in Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the the county agricultural commissioner’s office, the agencies are teaming up with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) for assistance with … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross congratulates CDFA’s John Lee on his retirement – public service career spanned five decades

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Give the gift of agricultural education with a CalAgPlate!

The CalAgPlate is a great gift for your family and friends. Nothing says “California Agriculture” better than a stylish license plate that supports agricultural educational and leadership within our great state! In April 2013, the first CalAgPlates were issued by … Continue reading

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CDFA spirit of giving on display throughout agency

Each year CDFA offices around California participate in charitable drives for a variety of causes, centered around holiday displays in common areas. This week Secretary Karen Ross paid her traditional visit to locations in the Sacramento-area to wish employees happy … Continue reading

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An edible solution to extend produce’s shelf life – from the New York Times

By Stephanie Strom What if a Florida tomato could be left on the vine long enough to turn red and fully develop its flavor — and still be ripe and juicy when it arrived at a grocery store in New … Continue reading

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