Monthly Archives: August 2019

Two former USDA secretaries agree that next 30 years may be most important period in the history of agricuture – from the Des Moines Register

By Tom Vilsack and Dan Glickman Note -Tom Vilsack is former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2009-2017), and currently the president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. Dan Glickman is former Secretary of Agriculture (1995-2001), and currently the executive … Continue reading

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Study finds farm-level food waste worse than previously thought – from Civil Eats

By Gosia Wozniacka Last year, Cannon Michael left over 100 acres of ripe cantaloupes unharvested. The sixth generation grower could not justify paying workers to pick them all because the cost of labor, packing, and, shipping would have been more … Continue reading

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CDFA on the radio to discuss Produce Safety Rule

CDFA’s Michelle Phillips recently appeared on KSTE radio’s “Farm Hour” program, with host Fred Hoffman, to discuss the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule in addition to the Food Safety Modernization Act and CDFA’s role in education and enforcement in California.

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Secretary Karen Ross

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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Video – Climate Smart Agriculture and CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program

The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) provides financial assistance for the implementation of non-digester manure management practices that will achieve reduced greenhouse gas emissions in California. Click this link for more information about CDFA’s Climate Smart Agriculture Programs.

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Secretary Ross in South Africa – Farewell to a land of resilience and opportunity

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Our week in South Africa concluded by attending the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s Agricultural Outlook Conference. I had the honor of speaking to farmers and the academic community … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in South Africa – Awe-inspiring women moving forward to adapt to climate change

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA – When I was in Bonn, Germany a couple months ago attending the United Nations Climate Conference, there was a lot of discussion concerning Sustainable Development Goals – the UN’s blueprint … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in South Africa – Drought strategies in the Western Cape

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross THE WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA – We were fortunate to be able to visit one of the largest plum farms on the African continent – getting a first-hand look at strategies to further conserve water … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Dave Ikari

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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Secretary Ross in South Africa – Water resilience in Cape Town

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – At the height of the drought (April 2018) in this amazing city, residents were restricted to 50 liters (13 gallons) of water per person, per day, and that allowed Cape Town … Continue reading

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