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Monthly Archives: June 2019

CDFA leadership: Governor announces appointments

Secretary Karen Ross with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) was very pleased this afternoon with Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he has confirmed the appointments of current CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt and CDFA Deputy Secretary Rachael O’Brien. Secretary Ross also … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross honored as “Agriculturalist of the Year” at State Fair Gala

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross was formally honored as the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year last night at the annual State Fair Gala at the Cal Expo fairgrounds in Sacramento. The gala also includes an auction that benefits the youth scholarship … Continue reading

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Best of Show: California’s finest wine, beer, cheese and olive oil recognized at State Capitol

It’s fair season! With the State Fair coming up July 12-28, judges have been busy tasting and testing some of California’s finest agricultural products for the coveted annual “Best of Show” awards. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt joined in the festivities on the … Continue reading

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UC Climate Smart Ag Team (including CDFA) showing results – from CalCan

Note – CalCan is the California Climate and Agriculture Network Technical assistance for farmers and ranchers is a critical tool for scaling up the widespread adoption of climate-beneficial agricultural practices. In the fall of 2018, University of California’s Division of … Continue reading

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Produce safety tour brings leaders, growers together on Central Coast farms

Click here to learn how CDFA’s Produce Safety Program helps bring California produce farms into compliance with the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule.

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UC Riverside utilizes CDFA grant to study looming pest threat

UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including wine, walnuts, and avocados.  The pest, a sap-sucking spotted lantern fly, is originally from China and was first detected five … Continue reading

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A Time of Reckoning in the Central Valley – from Bay Nature/KQED Science

Climate change is upending agriculture and land use in California’s Central Valley By Mark Schapiro Inside a climate-controlled laboratory at the Duarte Nursery outside Modesto, an experiment is taking place that could help determine what food we will eat for … Continue reading

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USDA report takes stock of cover crop benefits

A new USDA report finds that farmers are likely to see returns from planting cover crops within three years if the practice is used to deal with herbicide-resistant weeds, to graze livestock or to reverse soil degradation. The report is … Continue reading

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The new plan to remove trillions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: bury it – from the Washington Post

By Laura Reiley Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Richard Breitmeyer

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. Today we continue with the Centennial Reflections … Continue reading

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