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Monthly Archives: April 2021

A look at CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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Pistachios bring more than $5 billion in economic impact — from Western Farm Press

By Todd Fichette Pistachios farmed in California, Arizona and New Mexico infused nearly $5.3 billion of combined economic activity across the region, according to a report commissioned by the American Pistachio Growers, a trade association representing the U.S. industry. Nearly … Continue reading

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USDA investments in specialty crops and food security to bring millions to California

The USDA has announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for … Continue reading

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Coming this Thursday — Secretary Ross to participate in “Farmers: Agents of Change in Greening Agriculture” event with Danish government and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Register for event here Join FAO North America and the Embassy of Denmark in the USA to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers in ushering in a green transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food production. The foundations … Continue reading

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Did You Know? CDFA Animal Health Branch investigates hundreds of animal disease incidents

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CDFA’s Drought Resources web page a useful tool for farmers and ranchers

CDFA’s Drought Resources web page stands as a valuable tool for farmers and ranchers seeking information about drought assistance programs. The page features links to the USDA’s Farm Services Agency and contact information for other USDA offices that could be of assistance to farmers … Continue reading

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Can California organic farmers unlock the secrets of no-till farming? From Civil Eats

By Gosia Wozniacka Excerpted Last summer, veteran organic farmer Scott Park was bewildered when he surveyed his vast tomato, corn, and sunflower fields. Before planting the crops on 350 acres he had radically cut down on tilling the soil, planted … Continue reading

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CDFA teams up with partners to introduce California Pollinator Coalition

A broad array of organizations from across California’s agricultural and environmental landscape today announced a working coalition to address their shared commitment to the health of wild and managed pollinators. The Coalition is focusing on increasing the value working lands … Continue reading

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A shared responsibility – CDFA calls for Industry Participation to Help Solve Recurring Food Safety Incidents

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a constituent update today—FDA Takes Two Important Steps to Advance the Safety of Leafy Greens—farmers, researchers and regulators are urged to collaborate on many fronts to understand and prevent foodborne outbreaks … Continue reading

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USDA announces reopening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces FSA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) signup is reopened as of April 5, 2021, as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Farmers and ranchers will … Continue reading

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