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Monthly Archives: October 2019

One-ton champion gourd to preside over Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

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California farms and ranches strive to adapt as climate warms – from the SF Chronicle

By Peter Fimrite If ever there was a glaring example of the havoc and heartache climate change can cause to a farming family, the assortment of chain restaurants, stores and 300 apartments on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale is the … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – Secretary Ross unveils 100-year commemorative plaque

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Secretary Ross joins California First Partner for Farm to School Tour

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Kristin Macey

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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Climate Smart Agriculture – Secretary Ross shares success stories with government partners

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross recently took representatives of the Governor’s Office and Cal-EPA on a tour of two Central Valley farms to show how they are successfully utilizing CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture grants and benefiting from the work that CDFA … Continue reading

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Drought-tolerant crop being studied in Central Valley – from ABC 30

By Cristina Davies Big research is happening at the Kearney Agriculture and Extension Center in Fresno County. Sorghum, a crop that looks similar to corn, is under a microscope. Jeff Dahlberg, director of the center, said that sorghum is very … Continue reading

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Battling food waste and sequestering carbon through Farm to School

October is National Farm to School Month and we’re highlighting the work of CDFA’s Farm to School Program. Stay tuned for weekly posts! When school cafeterias develop relationships with local farmers and ranchers, students and families may be in a … Continue reading

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California and Denmark to co-host webinar on anaerobic digestion and renewable natural gas

Farmers and ranchers in California and around the world are addressing climate change in many ways, including researching and developing new, innovative agricultural practices. Among those innovations are dairy digesters, which capture on-the-farm methane from cow manure and send it … Continue reading

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Eyes in the sky help farmers on ground – from the New York Times

By Lauren Smiley The Central Valley of California doesn’t begin so much with a gradual change in the landscape as with an abrupt line. Suddenly, a barren plain that looks like an apt cue for “The Good, the Bad and the … Continue reading

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