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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Summer interns contribute to key projects at CDFA

In a few short weeks, CDFA will host the Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture forum which will bring together farmers and ranchers, international partners and climate stakeholders to discuss the important role agriculture plays in climate discussions. This event, part … Continue reading

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CDFA to help prevent spread of invasive mussels over holiday weekend

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Europe and Asia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, … Continue reading

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Oldest known cheese found in Egyptian tomb – from Smithsonian

By Katherine J. Wu Last month, archaeologists cracked open a tomb excavated in Alexandria, Egypt, revealing three skeletons bathing in an crimson pool of sludgy sewage. In response, tens of thousands around the world immediately petitioned for the right to sip from the freshly uncorked … Continue reading

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Virulent Newcastle Disease response by the numbers

The Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) project in Southern California is now in its fourth month. The disease has been detected at a total of 117 properties in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties. Key numbers as of August … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Testing: Secretary Ross at CDFA’s Measurement Standards office in Anaheim

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is in Southern California today to check in on the department’s various projects, including a visit to the Anaheim office of CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards where staff conducts hydrogen fuel testing to detect contaminants like … Continue reading

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California releases new climate change assessment

From a California Natural Resources Agency News Release Warning that two-thirds of Southern California’s beaches could completely disappear and the average area burned by wildfires could nearly double by 2100, the State of California has released California’s Fourth Climate Change … Continue reading

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Industrial Hemp to be evaluated as low-desert crop – from the Imperial Valley Press

Note – CDFA has established the California Industrial Hemp Program, in accordance with state statute, and is working to develop a registration process, fee structure, regulations, and other administrative details as necessary to provide for the commercial production of industrial hemp. … Continue reading

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CDFA opens new Border Inspection Station near Nevada border

Watch this video about CDFA’s Border Inspection Stations.

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Report details Ag’s substantial contribution to NE California economy – from CSU Chico

From a CSU Chico News Release The Agribusiness Institute (ABI) at California State University, Chico has released a report detailing agriculture’s contributions to the regional economy of Northeastern California. The report based on 2016 data shows that despite a continued … Continue reading

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Virulent Newcastle Disease update

CDFA, the USDA and local government partners continue their work to eradicate a virulent Newcastle disease outbreak in Southern California. There are now 106 cases of the disease that have been detected in backyard birds in California – 80 in … Continue reading

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