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Monthly Archives: October 2017

October is Manufacturing Awareness and Appreciation Month

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross joined a coalition of manufacturing sector representatives at the State Capitol today for the presentation of a letter from Governor Jerry Brown recognizing October 2017 as Manufacturing Awareness and Appreciation … Continue reading

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SWEEP saves water!

Follow this link to CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation and SWEEP.

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Californian makes history in election as president of National FFA

INDIANAPOLIS – Students from Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2017-18 National FFA Officer team. Breanna Holbert of Lodi, an agricultural education major at California State … Continue reading

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After the fires: Solano County Fairgrounds as animal evacuation center – from the Sacramento Bee

By Cynthia Hubert As smoke and flames threatened her rural property in Suisun City, Cristina Santini’s thoughts turned to her 38 goats and sheep. She and her husband Flavio had been told to get out ahead of the Atlas Fire … Continue reading

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Agricultural commissioners bring tremendous value in unique partnership with California

California’s agricultural commissioners are holding their annual fall conference this week in Sacramento. I was honored to be able to spend some time with them and remind them yet again how much we appreciate the unique partnership we enjoy with … Continue reading

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High Tech set to revolutionize California agriculture – from the Central Valley Business Journal

From “Tech Talk,” by Phillip Lan Over the past few decades, technology has disrupted many industries including manufacturing, media, banking and retail shopping. We also now understand that it is no longer a matter of if but when technology-based solutions, … Continue reading

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A look at year-round lettuce production – from California’s Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

According to production statistics compiled by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and released by CDFA, lettuce is the fifth largest commodity in California, with a value of nearly $2 billion. Roughly 75 percent of the nation’s lettuce and leafy greens are … Continue reading

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Wildfire recovery resources listed on CDFA web page

With thousands of Californians suffering devastating losses due to recent wildfires, CDFA is offering a web page with resources for recovery. Included is a program from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) for individual assistance to those who have lost … Continue reading

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Apple Hill – the season is upon us

With Fall now in full swing, Californians are again starting to turn their attention to El Dorado County’s Apple Hill, which is in the midst of its 2017 production season. From CDFA’s award-winning Growing California video series, here’s an encore presentation on Apple Hill’s … Continue reading

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Modern water demands help irrigation technology program thrive at Central Valley college – from

Note – California and all of American agriculture are seeking young people to enter farming-related fields, and not just on the farm – there are an estimated 300 positions in food production, many of them requiring increasingly sophisticated technical skills.  … Continue reading

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