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Monthly Archives: December 2019

2019 in Review: Measurement Standards = Marketplace Fairness

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2019 in Review: Climate Smart Agriculture

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To Break Bread, We Need Water

Throughout the country, those who grow our food are grappling with water in changing climate. By Page Buono Water connects us across generations, cultures, geographies. And, though we may often forget, water also connects us across tables. We need water. … Continue reading

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Holiday visits: CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and staff celebrate 2019 centennial, look forward to 2020

2019 was a year of celebration and reflection at CDFA, as we observed our centennial and looked back at 100 years of accomplishments and milestones. As CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and her senior staff made the rounds to Sacramento-area offices … Continue reading

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Santa’s reindeer cleared for entry into California by State Veterinarian

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones has granted a 24-hour permit clearing all brand inspection and health requirements for nine reindeer scheduled to visit California on the evening of December 24 and in the early morning hours of December 25. … Continue reading

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The Value of Conservation: Our land, our farms and our farmers all have stories worth preserving

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross It’s not quite New Year’s Eve yet, but I’ve already got the kernel of a resolution taking root in my mind for 2020. It’s about stories – stories about people. About farmers and ranchers. About … Continue reading

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Research partnership with CDFA and others uses compost to tackle climate change – from UC Merced

By Lorena Anderson A thin layer of compost applied to grasslands could help fight climate change by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil, recent research shows. UC Merced Professor Rebecca Ryals and a team of researchers, ranchers … Continue reading

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California leads in poinsettia production

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2019 in review: Grants and Community Support at CDFA

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How to attract bug-eating birds to farms – from UC ANR

By Jeanette E. Warnert, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Hedgerows bordering farmland – plantings with native trees, shrubs, bunch grasses and wildflowers – support bug-eating birds, which helps with on-farm pest control, according to research by recent UC … Continue reading

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