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Monthly Archives: November 2019

A California Farm will Likely Contribute to Your Family Thanksgiving – from the California Farm Water Coalition

One of the many things Californians have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving is that we live in a state that produces an abundance of fresh food that not only feeds but nourishes, our families. At a recent Public Policy … Continue reading

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CDFA and Farm Bureau team-up with fairs for animal pens for emergency response

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Coming up – Healthy Soils Week Dec 2-6

CDFA has introduced a webpage to promote the week-long Healthy Soils Week, December 2-6, 2019. CDFA, several partner agencies, and non-governmental organizations have joined forces to promote awareness about the importance of soil health to fight climate change, enhance food … Continue reading

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CDFA joins state employees in annual Turkey Drive

Each year CDFA joins state employees for the annual Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Turkey Drive. At the donation event yesterday at Food Bank headquarters, state employees delivered nearly 3,700 turkeys–25 tons–for needy families. Food insecurity remains a significant … Continue reading

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California lays out vision for protecting endangered species and meeting state water needs – from Cal Matters

Op-ed by California Natural Resources Agency secretary Wade Crowfoot and California Environmental Protection Agency secretary Jared Blumenfeld California’s water policy can be complex, and—let’s be honest—often polarizing.  Water decisions frequently get distilled into unhelpful narratives of fish versus farms, north … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau Thanksgiving survey shows average cost of holiday meal up one cent from last year

From the American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.91, or less than $5.00 … Continue reading

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Student-run project attempts to match food waste with hunger – from the California Aggie

By Sneha Ramachandran The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found in 2010 that the U.S. wastes approximately 30-40 percent of its food supply, equaling almost 133 billion pounds of food. It is also estimated that 40 million people in the … Continue reading

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“Growing Together” – CDFA working with farmers, ranchers at Latino Farmer Conference

With the theme of “Growing Together,” California’s 5th annual Latino Farmer Conference is being held today in Tulare at the International AgriCenter. More than 300 farmers and ranchers are in attendance, along with CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI), … Continue reading

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World’s first true red spinach variety released by USDA

From Morning Ag Clips USDA Red, the world’s first true red spinach variety has been developed and released by the Agricultural Research Service. Spinach has always been known as a green leafy vegetable. There are leafy vegetables often called red … Continue reading

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Nirmal Saini

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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