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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Statement by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on Naming Nick Condos Interim Director of the state’s Citrus Disease and Pest Prevention Program

I am pleased to announce that Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services director Nick Condos has been assigned to lead the department’s Citrus Disease and Pest Prevention Program, as its interim director. During his 23 years with CDFA, Nick has … Continue reading

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California Ag education career began by selling Ag newspaper subscriptions – from Capital Press

By Judy L. Bedell SACRAMENTO ­— Austin Miller says that “connecting students to agriculture is more important now than ever before.” Growing up in tiny Scio, Ore., he has fond memories of spending summers on his grandparents’ ranch. He also … Continue reading

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CDFA contributes to discussion about common sense as a key element in good biosecurity for horses – from

Common sense is the first step to effective biosecurity for horses, according to a university professor who consults in the field. Professor Roberta Dwyer, with the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, says horse owners … Continue reading

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Legislation would curb food waste – from Morning Ag Clips

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have introduced H.R. 3444, the Food Recovery Act, comprehensive bicameral legislation to reduce food waste in stores and restaurants, schools and institutions, on farms, and in American … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross honored by Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement as organization reaches 10-year mark

From an LGMA News Release: The California leafy greens community met in Salinas last week to recognize those responsible for creating the unique public-private partnership formed ten years ago under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). “It’s not often … Continue reading

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Real California Cheese cleans-up at national awards competition – from Morning Ag Clips

Cow’s milk processors displaying the Real California Cheese and/or Milk seals brought home 22 awards from the 2017 annual cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society (ACS), July 26-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The American Cheese Society recognizes the … Continue reading

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The benefits of local and regional food systems – from Politico

The Federal Reserve and USDA have unveiled a new report to showcase how local and regional food systems can help the economies of rural and urban communities, as well as increase access to healthier food and create a more productive … Continue reading

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Healthy Soils the focus of California State Board of Food and Agriculture

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Apps for Ag Hackathon winner uses artificial intelligence to diagnose plant problems – from the UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sreejumon Kundilepurayil, left, and Vidya Kannoly and their Dr. Green app took first place in the Apps for Ag hackathon. Dr. Green uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to quickly advise growers how to treat ailing plants.   For 48 … Continue reading

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CDFA joins California farmers in observance of National Farmers’ Market Week

The USDA has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year the USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet and buy from farmers at local farmers markets. The proclamation notes that farmers … Continue reading

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