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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Final deadline approaching for Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 … Continue reading

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CDFA spot livestock inspections in Northern California yield good news

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Secretary Ross joins Farmers for Free Trade in stressing the importance of Foreign Markets to California Agriculture

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined California agricultural representatives today at an event in Acampo, San Joaquin County, hosted by Farmers for Free Trade, to underscore the importance of trade to the state’s farmers and ranchers. California is largest agricultural producer … Continue reading

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CDFA joins multiagency team to stop recycling fraud

From NOTE – Under California law, drivers transporting out-of-state empty beverage containers are required to declare the material by submitting an Imported Materials Report at one of 16 CDFA Border Inspection Stations across the state. In a three-day ‘recycling fraud … Continue reading

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USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney meets with California Agricultural Trade Groups

USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney met yesterday with California agricultural trade stakeholders to discuss foreign market opportunities and trade issues. California is the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation, with more than $20 … Continue reading

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Famous in France – CDFA citrus survey crew attracts attention of French news agency

CDFA’s citrus health program is hard at work in Southern California, surveying thousands of trees for signs of huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in areas where the disease has already been detected. The objective is to try to contain HLB … Continue reading

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Kids+Cows: Dairy Council’s new exhibit at the Cal Expo Farm

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Fair CEO Rick Pickering joined Dairy Council of California leaders and volunteers at Cal Expo in Sacramento this morning to welcome two busloads of students from nearby Elk Grove to tour a fresh, new exhibit and … Continue reading

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Reflections on Earth Day and the role of farmers and ranchers

As Earth Day was celebrated this weekend, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I am to have grown up on a farm with a dad who inspired me with his love for the land.  His life-long curiosity led … Continue reading

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Sustainable beef, social media and the environment – from Forbes

By Neil Yeoh Christine Su, the millennial co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a San Francisco-based social venture, is building a technology platform for the meat industry to help reward producers for regenerative practices. PastureMap’s ranch management software is making regenerative … Continue reading

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Can dirt save the Earth? From the New York Times Magazine

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff EXCERPTED When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their ranch in Marin County, Calif., in 1998, it was mostly because they needed more space. Rathmann is an acclaimed children’s book author — “Officer Buckle and … Continue reading

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