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Monthly Archives: November 2018

From the Growing California video series – Lemon Appeal

With citrus season underway in California, CDFA offers an encore presentation of “Lemon Appeal” from its award-winning Growing California video series.

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California Dairy Quality Assurance Program celebrates 20 years

In December of 1996 and January of 1997, a series of subtropical pineapple express storms washed over California. Watersheds were already saturated when the storms brought more than 30 inches of rain, making it one of the wettest Decembers on … Continue reading

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The Value of ‘Citizen Science’ – from EurekAlert

An international team of more than three dozen researchers has published a paper highlighting the potential of citizen science to address pressing research challenges in agriculture and food systems. One key to capitalizing on such efforts, the researchers find, may … Continue reading

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Defend the Flock – a new outreach campaign for bird owners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.  Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, … Continue reading

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Organic grower summit will emphasize that technology not just for ‘Big Ag’

From Morning Ag Clips The expanding use of technology by organic growers, regardless of the size of their operation, will be the topic of an educational session at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit. “Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag” … Continue reading

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CDFA hosts informational webpage on wildfire recovery resources for farmers and ranchers

Please click on the image to go to the webpage.

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California Fairgrounds support November Wildfire efforts – serving as evacuation centers, animal shelters and fire camps

California’s network of fairs are fulfilling a crucial role as evacuation centers for people and animals and as a staging area for fire crews. The following fairgrounds have operations occurring as part of overall response efforts. Butte County Fair (Gridley, … Continue reading

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From the Sand County Foundation: Lundberg Family Farms has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private conservation, created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by … Continue reading

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Dutch agricultural counsel visits CDFA

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Marianne Vaes, Agricultural Counselor for the embassy of the Netherlands in Washington DC. Counselor Vaes was here with her advisor Caroline Feitel to build upon our close relationship with the Netherlands. After … Continue reading

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Average cost of Thanksgiving dinner moves lower for third straight year – from the American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent … Continue reading

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