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Monthly Archives: October 2021

Apple Hill: a mainstay of California agritourism

For nearly 60 years, Apple Hill has delighted visitors with delicious, crisp apples, fresh squeezed apple cider, and beautiful scenic views. Located along the Sierra foothill of Placerville, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, the Apple Hill Growers Association represents 50 … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross welcomes FREP Conference attendees

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Secretary Ross discusses support for the USDA’s Hungry Pests and Plant Health Champions programs

The USDA is profiling its Hungry Pests program this fall and in this video CDFA Secretary Karen Ross shares California’s support for the program as well as CDFA’s commitment to protect the state’s crops and natural resources from invasive species, … Continue reading

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CDFA Farm to School Incubator Grantee Highlights

In continued celebration of October as National Farm to School Month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) spotlights several of the 60 farm to school projects that received funding through the CDFA Farm to School Incubator Grant Program … Continue reading

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Oldest beekeeper in LA explains how drought affects bees — from Spectrum 1 News

By Nathalie Basha At 97 years old, Victor Jaramillo is said to be the oldest beekeeper in Los Angeles. He is known in El Sereno as the “honey man” because he’s been selling jars of honey from his hives that … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom signs executive order to help tackle supply chain issues

Formalizes state agencies’ partnership with the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address state, national and global supply chain challenges Directs state agencies to develop longer-term proposals that support port operations and goods movement for consideration in the January 10 Governor’s Budget … Continue reading

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Farm to School Month garden highlight — Luther Burbank High School’s BUG Program moves outdoors

Luther Burbank High School (LBHS) in Sacramento welcomed students back to school this year with an updated outdoor learning space of chairs and desks beside its Burbank Urban Garden (BUG). Home to the LBHS Urban Agriculture Academy, BUG is a … Continue reading

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Public comment period opens for Draft California Climate Adaptation Strategy

From a California Natural Resources Agency and Governor’s Office of Planning and Research news release The climate crisis is here. In the last decade, Californians have endured severe droughts, historic wildfires and floods, rising seas, and record temperatures. Californians now … Continue reading

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Strengthening University of California-Mexico Ties to Further Research on Agricultural Topics

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross met recently with Dr. Isabel Studer, Director of Alianza University of California-Mexico, and Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, to discuss cooperation on agricultural and climate related research topics, centered on the ongoing activities already taking … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross on California Farmer and Farmworker Month

October is California Farmer and Farmworker Month! California plays a big role in the nation’s food supply and economy—supporting 1.2 million jobs, producing over 400 crops and roughly 50 percent of U.S. produce overall. California Department of Food and Agriculture … Continue reading

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