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Monthly Archives: May 2021

CDFA Border Stations helping to prevent spread of invasive mussels over holiday weekend

News release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Boating appears to be surging in popularity in California and nationwide. California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels ask new and seasoned boaters to remain cautious … Continue reading

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As summer travel rebounds, Californians urged to leave citrus at home

News release from the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program As COVID-19 restrictions ease, summer travel is expected to increase, and California agricultural officials are cautioning Californians on what not to pack for their trips – homegrown citrus fruit and … Continue reading

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Kick-off webinar and workshops for California Adaptation Strategy

Help us map the next statewide roadmap to a climate-resilient California for all! The impacts of climate change, such as wildfire, extreme heat, drought, flooding, and sea level rise, are a clear and present threat to California’s communities, environment, and … Continue reading

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USDA announces availability of $92.2 million in grants for local agriculture markets and food systems

From a USDA news release The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). These grants support the development, coordination and expansion … Continue reading

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Western FarmPress: 13 innovators picked to lead harvest automation initiative

The companies will get technical help in introducing robotics and other advances amid push to automate half of West’s specialty crop harvests by 2030. By Tim Hearden After weeks of consideration, Western Growers and its allies have placed their bets on 13 … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Bee Day: May 20, 2021

Happy World Bee Day! This international observation, led by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is “an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.” To … Continue reading

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Video: California Strawberry Farmer Uriel Hernandez

Our California Strawberry Commission is doing some beautiful work introducing some of its farmers through videos, like this one on Uriel Hernandez and his journey coming from a hard-working family of 11 kids, his experience with FFA, and earning an … Continue reading

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Real California Milk EXCELerator and New Incubator Boot Camp Launch Search for Performance and Recovery Innovation in Dairy

3rd Annual California Milk Advisory Board and VentureFuel Contest reflects consumers’ focus on personal health & wellness The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced the return of its annual dairy innovation competition with a new name and increased focus … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan – Highlights for Agriculture

Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan proposes historic new investments in sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems. The budget builds on the $285 million included in the Governor’s January Budget and proposes an additional $641 million over two years for a … Continue reading

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California Natural Resources Agency announces first two topical workshops and advisory panels on advancing 30X30 and climate smart lands

From a Resources Agency news release The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) will launch a series of virtual topical workshops focused on the State’s commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 (30×30) and enlist … Continue reading

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