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Monthly Archives: December 2021

Next segment of Proposition 12 takes effect January 1

Proposition 12, California’s Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, was approved in 2018 with 63 percent of the vote. The voters enacted Prop 12 for the stated purposes of treating farm animals humanely and taking precautionary measures to promote food safety by … Continue reading

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California continues to lead in organic agriculture production

California accounts for 36 percent of all organic production in the United States, leading the nation, and organic production and organic sales are expected to continue to grow. According to the must recent figures, organic sales in 2020 totaled $11.99 … Continue reading

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Santa’s reindeer cleared for entry into California by State Veterinarian

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones has granted a 24-hour permit clearing all brand inspection and health requirements for nine reindeer scheduled to visit California on the evening of December 24 and in the early morning hours of December 25. … Continue reading

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Update of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Proposition 12

Earlier today CDFA updated one of its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Proposition 12. All the existing FAQs, first published in March 2021, remain in effect.  The update includes an addition to an existing FAQ emphasizing that CDFA’s implementation priority … Continue reading

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Sharing Holiday Cheer with our CDFA Family

Over the past week or so, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross, Undersecretary Christine Birdsong, and members of their senior staff have been making the rounds, visiting each of our Sacramento-area offices and laboratory facilities. Sharing … Continue reading

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Brisk pace for grant applications in Healthy Soils Program

Just last week, CDFA’s Healthy Soils Incentives Program received more than $4 million in funding requests. A total of nearly $40 million has been requested so far in the full application period, which began on November 1st. Up to $67.5 … Continue reading

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Fresno State Plant Science Club wins national honor

From Morning Ag Clips Hailing from the nearby small town of San Joaquin, Fresno State junior Alejandra Valdez admits that the adjustment to a 25,000-student campus could have been a little intimidating. However, through a shared love of agriculture with … Continue reading

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CDFA food safety scientists celebrate 30 years of continuous growth partnering with USDA Pesticide Data Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) joins the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Agricultural Marketing Service Pesticide Data Program (PDP). CDFA’s Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC) Food Safety group has partnered … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for farm-to-school visit

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California tree farms welcoming families during holiday season

Now that we’re in the midst of holiday season, many families are venturing out to cut-your-own tree farms in search of the perfect tree, and California’s tree farmers are extending the welcome mat!

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