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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bee theft in California continues to be a problem – from Mother Jones

By Oliver Milman This story was originally published by The Guardian  Mike Potts was aware he was at risk of being a victim of crime, he just didn’t think it would happen to him. But Potts is an owner of an … Continue reading

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CDFA scientist: California moving towards less methane by 2030 – from the Journal of Nutrient Management

By Geetika Joshi, CDFA Senior Environmental Scientist Farmers and ranchers in California know that their Golden State is more than palm trees and beaches. It is the largest dairy producing state in the nation, and based on 2017 data, California … Continue reading

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Look for CDFA this week at Small Farm Conference and Black Farmer Conference

California Small Farm Conference CDFA is pleased to be part of this year’s 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference that runs from Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29 at Cuesta College North County Campus, 2800 Buena Vista Dr, Paso … Continue reading

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Promoting Biodiversity: CDFA scientists at Biodiversity Museum Day

UC Davis’ annual Biodiversity Museum Day earlier this month provided an excellent opportunity for CDFA’s Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab to show off some of its most prized posessions: the California State Collection of Arthropods. Dr. Martin Hauser, Dr. Peter Kerr … Continue reading

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Applications due March 1 for FARMER funding to upgrade agricultural trucks, equipment, reduce pollution

$4.65 million available — across 18 California air districts — for purchase of cleaner agricultural trucks, pump engines, tractors and more From the California Air Resources Board Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are now available for 18 … Continue reading

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Stockton fourth-grader grows prize-winning cabbage

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CDFA grant program helps bring new choices to food deserts

Note – Food deserts are urban areas where people find it difficult to find affordable, nutritious food. CDFA’s Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program has made funding available to organizations and markets looking to bring fresh, nutritious foods to low-income or … Continue reading

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Public comment opens for groundwater sustainability plans

Groundwater sustainability plans that have been submitted to the state are now online at the DWR SGMA Portal. Plans are open to public comment for 75 days after they were posted online. Below is a table of the submitted plans, … Continue reading

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CDFA staff honored at IT leadership award ceremony

Two members of CDFA’s Information Technology staff were honored this month at the 2020 Public Section CIO Academy Awards ceremony in Sacramento. In the category of IT Leadership, the CDFA awardees were: Marc Grijalva – Customer Delivery Unit Manager Marc … Continue reading

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UC Davis Research shows California dairies reducing environmental footprint

New research published in the Journal of Dairy Science finds the climate footprint of milk production in California has been significantly reduced over the past 50 years (1964 to 2014). The amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced per unit of milk was reduced by … Continue reading

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