Monthly Archives: August 2019

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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Climate Change: Farmers don’t need to read the science, they’re living it – Opinion piece in the New York Times

By Allen Sano, Fresno County Farmer Many farmers probably haven’t read the new report from the United Nations warning of threats to the global food supply from climate change and land misuse. But we don’t need to read the science — we’re … Continue reading

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Collaborating with South Africa on climate change strategies

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross I am honored to lead a delegation from California today on a seven-day visit to South Africa to exchange information on climate smart agriculture. A report from the United Nations this week gave new urgency … Continue reading

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United Nations: Climate change threatens world food supply – from the New York Times

By Christopher Flavelle The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Ann Veneman

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 video … Continue reading

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Studies show soil health practices increase farm profitability – From American Farmland Trust

By Lori Sallet American Farmland Trust (AFT), the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, has released four case studies that show that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. These case studies were … Continue reading

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Visit a CDFA Certified Farmers Market during National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10

During National Farmers Market Week August 4-10, we encourage you to visit one of the 675 CDFA Certified Farmers Markets in California. CDFA’s role at Certified Farmers Markets is to facilitate the sale of California-grown agricultural products while maintaining sufficient … Continue reading

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