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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Fresno County farmer’s inspiration leads to large squash donation to food bank

From Morning Ag Clips West Side farmer John Diener had flash of inspiration. Why not plant butternut squash? Diener is a long-time research cooperator with UC Cooperative Extension specialist Jeff Mitchell, who has studied innovative, sustainable farming practices for 21 years … Continue reading

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From Service to Harvest – veterans finding opportunities in farming

In recognition of Veterans Day tomorrow, here is an encore presentation of a video from CDFA’s award-winning Growing California series. This was produced in 2013.

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Tiny stingless wasps helping with Asian citrus psyllids in Kern County – from the Bakersfield Californian

By John Cox, Bakersfield Californian Tiny wasps are here to save the day! In response to a local surge in detections of a pest threatening to wipe out California’s citrus industry, a coalition of researchers and government officials last (month) … Continue reading

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Fire, windstorms and hurricanes – California joins the Midwest and Louisiana with substantial Ag damage from natural disasters

CDFA secretary Karen Ross appears in this story from the PBS program Market to Market. The portion about California wildfire impacts to Ag begins at 4:00.

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Firewood awareness tips from CDFA

With the weather changing and Californians beginning to think more about heating their homes, CDFA is providing a video on the invasive species risk of moving firewood as well as tips from our Division of Measurement Standards for those buying firewood to … Continue reading

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