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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Introducing cartoon stickers to encourage children to eat their fruits and vegetables – from the Napa Valley Register

By Cynthia Sweeney CALISTOGA — Contrary to what parents have been telling their children for eons, Linda York wants children to start playing with their food. Their fruits and vegetables, anyway. A former documentary filmmaker from San Diego, York lives … Continue reading

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Virulent Newcastle Disease update: State Veterinarian calls for cancellation of poultry exhibitions

A letter to California poultry exhibitors from State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones:  Dear Poultry Exhibition Organizers and Managers: Since May 2018, an outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease (VND) has had a devastating impact on backyard bird populations in four Southern … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross meets with Algerian Minister of Agriculture and business delegation

Secretary Ross: “It was a very good visit about opportunities to cooperate and also to learn from one another. The discussion included the possibilities of future partnerships that would allow California to be a supporting team member on Algeria’s exciting … Continue reading

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Grant funding available for renewable energy in agriculture

The California Energy Commission has released a grant funding opportunity for eligible renewable energy projects installed on agricultural operations. Awarded grants can range from $25,000 to $350,000. Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The application … Continue reading

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A look at weights and measures – from the Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen Note – CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards works closely with county sealers of weights and measures who, under the supervision and direction of the CDFA secretary, carry out the vast majority of weights and measures enforcement activities … Continue reading

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Save the Date! Ag Day set for March 20

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CDFA budget highlights for 2019-2020

California governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal to the Legislature today – a fiscal blueprint that builds a strong financial foundation by investing an unprecedented $13.6 billion in budget resiliency and paying down unfunded pension … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom reappoints Karen Ross as CDFA Secretary

News release from the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom: Karen Ross of Sacramento has been reappointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the state cabinet-level department established in 1919 to promote and protect a safe, healthy … Continue reading

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New app connects beekeepers and growers

From Morning Ag Clips Pollination Network, a mobile app that helps local farmers and growers find bees and beekeepers, launched this week in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app helps beekeepers to find jobs with nearby … Continue reading

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Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds continues to assist Camp Fire victims – from the Appeal-Democrat

Steve Edwards hadn’t been back to Paradise since the Camp Fire destroyed much of the town and surrounding areas in November, including his home. When he returned to see the aftermath earlier this week, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “I … Continue reading

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