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Monthly Archives: July 2020

New Report Lays Groundwork for Safer, More-sustainable Alternatives to Banned Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

A report issued today identifies alternatives for California growers to the banned pesticide chlorpyrifos and calls for continued work towards safer, more sustainable pest management practices. Following California’s historic decision to end use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in 2019, the California … Continue reading

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Annual meeting of Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA) focuses on shared interests of western states

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Dairy’s shrinking water footprint: a key piece of the groundwater management puzzle – from Dairy Cares

The implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and and other anticipated water restrictions pose major challenges for California agriculture. Without effective solutions, economists have estimated that up to one million acres of farmland will be fallowed, resulting in … Continue reading

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CDFA provides flyers on COVID-19 awareness and best practices

California agriculture is vital to the nourishment of our citizens, our economy and our environment. From the farm, to the packing and/or processing plant, and into the hands of consumers, California’s bounty is in high demand this time of year. The … Continue reading

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Assisting farmworkers and employers during COVID-19 crisis – nearly 13 million masks distributed

Tulare County pesticide inspector Juan Rangel (left) delivers masks for farmworkers at a farm in Exeter. This is an example of the State of California and local governments working collaboratively to provide face masks to farmworkers and employers during the … Continue reading

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CDFA statement on racial equity

The challenges and anguish of 2020 have impacted us all and exposed deep-seated disparities affecting people of color across all aspects of our society, which must be urgently addressed to create a more just and caring state and nation. CDFA … Continue reading

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CDFA programs help bridge gap between disadvantaged communities and nutritious foods

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is committed to helping all Californians access healthy and nutritious California-grown food. But for many disadvantaged Californians, our state’s bounty is out of reach. Two programs helping to bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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CDFA and Climate Science Alliance release 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops Report

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the Climate Science Alliance, has released the 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops Report for the Southern California Region, which covers three distinct growing regions: San Diego County, South San … Continue reading

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CDFA environmental scientist joins national young Ag leaders program

From a Farm Foundation news release CDFA environmental scientist Emily Zakowski, who works in the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis, has been named a 2020-2021 cohort for the Farm Foundation’s Young Agri-Food Leaders and Young Farmer Accelerator programs. Each … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom Launches ‘Wear a Mask’ public awareness campaign

As COVID-19 cases rise throughout the state and in advance of the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the “Wear A Mask” public awareness campaign encouraging Californians to use face coverings – one of the best ways people … Continue reading

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