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Monthly Archives: November 2020

CDFA secretary Karen Ross kicks off Healthy Soils Week

Today is the start of California Healthy Soils Week! In this video, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross kicks off a weeklong series of events and activities that highlight the importance of healthy soil “On the Farm and at Your Home.”

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California partners with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to enlist Earth-observing satellite data in climate change efforts

Space-Based Observations Will Help Inform Action on Sea-Level Rise, Forest Health, Biodiversity, Carbon Emissions and More  A new partnership with Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) will help state agencies better understand climate change impacts and identify opportunities to build … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving message from CDFA secretary Karen Ross

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Get Ready for California Healthy Soils Week, Nov 30 – Dec 5

Next week, beginning Nov. 30, is California Healthy Soils Week, a series of events that highlights soil health and culminates on United Nations’ World Soil Day, Saturday Dec. 5. To kick off the week, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross will provide … Continue reading

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State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM beginning Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM SACRAMENTO – In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department … Continue reading

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FDA Partners with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Western Center for Food Safety, and California Agricultural Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety

Shared from an FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Constituent Update “California leads the world in leafy greens production and innovation. Industry and food safety officials are proud to partner on this in-depth scientific study protecting public … Continue reading

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CDFA Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship Program Recognizes World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

This is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (11/18 – 11/24). In recognition of that, CDFA is highlighting California’s innovative program focused on antimicrobial use and stewardship in livestock. Antimicrobial resistance is an issue of importance to all of us – across … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins those applauding Center for Organic Production and Research at Cal Poly

Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million for center to bring industry and academia together to solve challenges and prepare future leaders in organic production and soil health  From a Cal Poly News Release Cal Poly is set to change the landscape … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom announces new immediate actions to curb COVID-19 transmission

New actions include pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and strengthening face covering mandate Vast majority of counties are in the most restrictive tier starting tomorrow As COVID-19 cases sharply increase across the country and … Continue reading

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CDFA talks healthy soils with Canadian provincial government – from (Prince Edward Island)

By Andy Walker Members of the Special Committee on Climate Change received a briefing recently on the California Healthy Soils program. Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, Dr. Geetika Joshi and Rachael O’Brien from the California Department of Food and Agriculture appeared via … Continue reading

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