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Monthly Archives: January 2018

World food prices down in December, up in 2017 – from Morning Ag Clips

Global food prices declined in December, led by sharp decreases for vegetable oils and dairy products, according to the latest FAO Food Price Index. The index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Summit kicks off at the Capitol

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Proposed CDFA budget for 2018-2019 demonstrates steady course for agency and California

Governor Brown’s proposed budget of $488 million for the California Department of Food and Agriculture for 2018-2019 reflects his emphasis on steady growth while maintaining a sufficient rainy day fund. Some key CDFA proposals are as follows: Use of Antimicrobial … Continue reading

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CDFA Welcomes Assistant Secretary Rachael O’Brien

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What could Huanglongbing look like in your citrus? From Western FarmPress

By Todd Fitchette The proliferation of the fatal citrus disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) in urban neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Basin can be traced to the introduction of the Asian citrus psyllid into California about a decade ago. Since the … Continue reading

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Video – Climate Smart Ag in action at Giacomazzi Farms

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) investments in irrigation technology and other advancements through its State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) are explored in this video about Giacomazzi Farms. Through the SWEEP program, CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming … Continue reading

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10 ways ideas about healthy eating have changed – from the Washington Post

By Ellie Krieger Healthy isn’t what it used to be. I don’t mean that in the whiplash-inducing way all the clickbait headlines out there would have you think. Despite the seeming back and forth, there is remarkable consistency in core … Continue reading

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Video: CDFA helps California’s Hmong farmers conserve water and reduce emissions

California farmers Fong Tchieng and Vang C. Thao have a lot in common. They both have farming operations in the Central Valley. They both belong to the state’s vibrant – and growing – Hmong farming community. And most importantly, they … Continue reading

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Another beautiful weekend for California Grown at Tournament of Roses

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