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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Food and Beverage Venues

Today California officials issued guidance regarding retail food, beverage and other service venues. These venues bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase the transmission of COVID-19. “These are aggressive, but … Continue reading

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CDFA works during COVID-19 Pandemic to Facilitate Safe, Healthy Food Supply

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is serving Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing its work to facilitate a safe, healthy food supply. “Food safety is paramount due to the nutrition provided by California fruits, nuts, vegetables, … Continue reading

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Native sweat bee shows potential as pollinator

From a UC Riverside News Release Entomologists at UC Riverside have documented that a species of native sweat bee widespread throughout North and South America has a daily routine that makes it a promising pollinator. Because the bee can thrive … Continue reading

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Final 2019 California Grape Crush Report

The 2019 crush totaled 4,114,672 tons, down 8.7 percent from the 2018 crush of 4,506,010 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,157,061 tons, down 11.9 percent from 2018. The 2019 white wine … Continue reading

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CDFA climate programs – SWEEP helps fruit grower realize water and energy savings

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California and USDA work together to provide meals to children from low-income families amid coronavirus outbreak

USDA News Release The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a request from California to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus. These meals are available at no cost to low-income children – … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross recaps annual State Employee Food Drive

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Conversation on farmland and development to occur in conjunction with Ag Day – from The Press

Note – Ag Day 2020 is scheduled for March 18 at the State Capitol. By Aly Brown Every year, about 50,000 acres of fertile California farmland and ranchland are lost to development. That is why protection advocates will convene in … Continue reading

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Celebrating Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

CDFA joins colleagues across the nation in celebrating National Weights and Measures Week, March 1 -7. This observance commemorates President John Adams’ signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. Also, in 1850 when California became a … Continue reading

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Scientists trying to make plants love salt – from The Counter

By Jessica Fu Every summer, wine scientist Andrew Walker embarks on one or two road trips in search of wild grapes. Armed with an eagle eye, a team of graduate students, and a rental car—the wheels on one side rolling along … Continue reading

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