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Monthly Archives: February 2020

CDFA at California Small Farm Conference

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Secretary Ross meets with Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture

This afternoon CDFA Secretary Karen Ross met with a Vietnamese Delegation of government and business leaders led by Vice Minister Le Quoc Doanh of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This meeting served as an opportunity to strengthen the … Continue reading

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Central Valley farm advisor’s commitment to help Hmong farmers prosper – from the University of California

By Pamela Kan-Rice, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Keeping current on government regulations, agricultural marketing news and crop research advances can be challenging for California farmers, especially for those who speak English as a second language. Hmong farmers in the … Continue reading

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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

By Geetika Joshi, CDFA Senior Environmental Scientist, in the Journal of Nutrient Management 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, … 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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