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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Video – Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere: specialty crops in Chile

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and a delegation from the agricultural, academic and policy sectors is in Chile this week for an exchange on climate change adaptation. In this video, delegation member Dorene (Dee Dee) D’Adamo, a member of the State Water … Continue reading

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The National Young Farmer Survey – Big opportunities and profound challenges ahead

Excerpted from  executive summary Farmers over the age of 65 now outnumber farmers under 35 by a margin of six to one, and U.S. farmland is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of older farmers. Nearly two-thirds of farmland is currently … Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Southern Hemisphere – Secretary Ross in Chile

Chile is a perfect climate analogue to California with its own central valley and an abundance of specialty crops. Like California, it relies on snow melt to irrigate crops, it produces world-famous wines, and it supports vibrant cities like Santiago, … Continue reading

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Video with Mike Rowe – Farmers Deserve Our respect

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A look back at Thanksgiving history – Country Turkey Loaf

As Californians put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving recipes, here’s a look at an old-school holiday dish from the 70s, offered-up by the California Milk Advisory Board and the now-defunct California Turkey Industry Board. Thank you to the California … Continue reading

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Study finds that more than a quarter of American jobs linked to food and agriculture – from the Food Marketing Institute

A nationwide economic impact study has found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs (28%) are similarly connected. Twenty-two … Continue reading

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Announcing California Healthy Soils Week – Dec 4 to Dec 7

Healthy Soils equal Healthy Lives. In California our soils help feed the world, save water, clean the air, and fight climate change. In recognition of these contributions, and in celebration of the annual World Soil Day, CDFA, alongside its state, federal and private … Continue reading

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CDFA employees donate more than 1,100 pounds of turkeys to Sacramento Food Bank

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Farm Bureau survey reveals reduction in cost of Thanksgiving dinner

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87. … Continue reading

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Licensing Authorities Release Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department … Continue reading

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