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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Profiles in stewardship: how California specialty crop growers are producing a better environment – from American Farmland Trust

Across the Golden State, California agriculture producers are increasingly recognizing their responsibility to contribute to a healthier environment. This portfolio of profiles compiled by American Farmland Trust showcases outstanding real-world examples of environmental stewardship by California specialty crop producers. These … Continue reading

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Kickoff meeting of Dairy and Livestock GHG Working Group – May 23

The California Air Resources Board, in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC), will host the first meeting of the Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working … Continue reading

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CDFA Border Inspection Stations recognize National Police Week

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Low groundwater levels mean water worries not behind us – Op-ed in the Riverside Press-Enterprise

By Jeffrey D. Armstrong The drought emergency may be over, but our water supply worries are not. When Gov. Jerry Brown lifted mandatory conservation orders across most of the state in April, he closed the book on a sobering chapter … Continue reading

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CDFA brings ‘Neat Science’ to State Capitol – videos and photos

State Scientist Day was yesterday, May 10, at the State Capitol, an annual event that includes a science fair for students from local schools. Scientists from CDFA’s Center for Analytical Chemistry participated with several fascinating demonstrations.         … Continue reading

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Study: full-fat dairy foods not harmful to health – from USA Today

By Matthew Diebel Pass the cheese, please. And the cream and that carton of full-fat yogurt and a big glass of non-skimmed milk. And, yes, eat it to your heart’s content. That’s the finding of an international team that analyzed … Continue reading

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We’re all in this together – honoring CDFA employees during Public Service Recognition Week

Note – Public Service Recognition Week is May 7-13. That’s right, we’re all in this together. The dedicated public servants of CDFA work tirelessly to fulfill an essential function – assisting farmers and ranchers in producing quality agricultural products, including … Continue reading

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Drought Documentary “State of Urgency” – milestones, lessons from California’s historic drought

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued an executive order ending the drought emergency in all but a few California counties. This came about 27 months after he declared a state of drought emergency for California on January 17, … Continue reading

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From Dry to Drenched – from the King City Rustler

By Johanna Miller After more than four years of devastating drought, 2017 saw California receive the wettest winter in more than 100 years. According to research done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between October 2016 and February 2017 … Continue reading

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The Border Protection Station at Truckee – from Channel 4, Reno

External video – link no longer available By Ben Margiott If you’ve ever driven into California, you’ve slowed or maybe even stopped at the agricultural inspection station before Truckee. Many of my family and friends live near Sacramento, and I … Continue reading

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