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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Final 2017 California Grape Crush Report

– The 2017 crush totaled 4,239,836 tons, up 0.5 percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,248,260 tons, down 1.4 percent from 2016. The 2017 white … Continue reading

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Dozer the Detector Dog Promotes Ag Day

Dozer the Detector Dog made an appearance at the State Capitol yesterday to encourage legislators and staff to attend California Ag Day at the Capitol March 20, 2018. Recently retired, Dozer spent his career protecting California and its agriculture from invasive plant … Continue reading

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Reducing waste, delivering food

March 5-9 is Food Waste Prevention Week According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Californians throw out around 5.6 million tons of food every year, accounting for about 18 percent of the state’s waste stream. In fact, an estimated 40 … Continue reading

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Saying farewell to a friend of agriculture

One person can make a difference and sometimes we don’t have the time to say goodbye. It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our dear colleague and friend from the Netherlands, Mr. Ton Akkerman who passed away suddenly … Continue reading

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Food Waste Prevention Week Aims to Raise Awareness about Unused Food

Secretary Ross discusses Food Waste Prevention Week CDFA, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Strategic Growth Council, the California Department of Public Health, and other partners, is pleased to announce March 5-9, 2018, as “Food … Continue reading

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Weights and Measures Week March 1-7 celebrates fairness in the marketplace

Each year, Weights and Measures Week is observed March 1-7 in the U.S., commemorating the signing of the first weights and measures law and celebrating the weights and measures inspectors who protect consumers and provide a level playing field for … Continue reading

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This Robotic Wheelbarrow Will Follow Farmworkers As They Pick Berries – from Fast Company

An automated helper is designed to be a helpful companion to farm workers, so they don’t have to carry the produce they pick. By Adele Peters When farmworkers harvest table grapes in California’s Central Valley in 109-degree August weather, part … Continue reading

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CDFA in Fresno for “Growing Together, Black Farmers with Urban Farmers Conference”

CDFA staff took part in the Growing Together, Black Farmers with Urban Farmers Conference in Fresno on February 28, speaking with farmers and other conference attendees about how CDFA resources can help them improve water efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet … Continue reading

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