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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Funding available for Ag land preservation

For the third year, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) has announced that funding will be available for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. Cities, counties, and land trusts are invited to apply for grants that will … Continue reading

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Video – Bringing Daughters and Sons to Work

Today is being widely acknowledged as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (also known as Bring Your Child to Work Day). More than 37 million Americans at more than 3.5 million workplaces are expected to participate. At CDFA … Continue reading

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A look back at Earth Day – from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

By Kevin McCallum Often critiqued for their outsized impact on a changing environment, farmers are actually key to helping California achieve its aggressive conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. That was the Earth Day message California Secretary of Agriculture … Continue reading

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It Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

CDFA is observing Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month throughout April. The USDA, CDFA and organizations across the agricultural spectrum are reminding the public about the risks that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s crops and forests—and how … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross visits students in Fresno

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Ag investment in tech is booming – from Ag Web

By Susan Skiles Luke If it seems to you advanced ag technology is invading farm fields across America, you should see Silicon Valley. Investors have poured more than $10 billion into agtech inventions since 2014, according to AgFunder, an online … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins Land O’ Lakes for sizable food bank donation

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A Farm Bill for our farmers

CDFA is in the midst of preparing California’s recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is renewed every five years and serves as the policy guideline for food and farming in the United States. The legislation touches all … Continue reading

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Update to California Ag Vision Released – Framework for Future Action by the California State Board of Food and Agriculture

From water to labor, the dynamics of farming and ranching continue to change. In this environment, building meaningful relationships is critical to telling the story of California agriculture. I truly believe that California is a better place to live, because … Continue reading

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Citrus Stride: farmers, fitness and food banks at the State Capitol

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross joined citrus farmers and food bank advocates today at the State Capitol to celebrate the second annual Citrus Stride – a one mile walk around Capitol Park to raise awareness about hunger and celebrate the positive impact that citrus … Continue reading

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