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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Secretary Ross talks public policy with Coro Fellows at State Capitol

Young and emerging leaders participating in the Coro Fellows Program are in Sacramento this week to learn what they can, both personally and professionally, about a wide range of public policy areas, including agriculture and its important role in California. … Continue reading

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CDFA among participants at World Ag Expo this week

The 2019 World Ag Expo is scheduled for this week in Tulare (today-Thursday), and several divisions at CDFA will be participating. The California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program will staff a booth to provide information about the Asian citrus psyllid, huanglongbing and other … Continue reading

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Video – Protecting flocks from Virulent Newcastle Disease

As CDFA and the USDA continue with their efforts to eradicate Virulent Newcastle Disease, here is a video (in English and Spanish) featuring CDFA veterinarian Dr. Ricardo Gaitan and Southern California bird owner Luis Aldana talking about ways to prevent … Continue reading

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Big potential changes ahead in land ownership and farm operators – from AgriPulse

By Ed Maixner and Sara Wyant Dig into U.S. farmland tenure to see what’s happening and what’s likely for the future, and Carson Futch’s 87-year-old dad, Alvin, is very typical. Carson, a real estate agent specializing in farmland for Lakeland-based … Continue reading

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Public invited to visit San Joaquin Valley soil health demonstration site in Five Points

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices. “Every Friday morning … Continue reading

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A new era in ag as record number of women hold top state jobs – from Politico

By Liz Crampton A record number of women now lead state agriculture departments across the country, a leadership wave that reflects the industry’s growing gender diversity. A total of 13 women have either been elected or appointed to head state … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Ross in D.C.: “Great conversation with USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue about California Ag issues”

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is in Washington, D.C. this week, meeting today with USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue and other officials. Secretary Ross reported on her Twitter feed, “Great conversation with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue about CALIFORNIA ag issues. It has been a … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – In the Beginning

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. Throughout the year this blog will feature a number of items to commemorate this milestone, including these photographs from the beginning. 

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Video – Rice fields and wildlife

Videos from the California Rice Commission Northern California rice fields demonstrate what are known as ecosystem services – multiple benefits gained from farming and ranching, including crop and livestock production. Please visit CDFA’s database of ecosystem services throughout the state.

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The Super Bowl of chicken wings

Will Americans be ‘winging it’ for the Big Game? The National Chicken Council (NCC) has released its annual Chicken Wing Report, and the answer is a resounding “yes!”  NCC projects Americans’ consumption of the unofficial gameday menu staple – the chicken wing … Continue reading

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