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Monthly Archives: March 2022

CDFA partners with community colleges to launch export training program

CDFA is partnering with the State Center Community College District and the Fresno Center for International Trade Development to launch an export training program for California food and agriculture companies. This training program, focusing on new-to-export agricultural businesses, will help … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom featured in PBS story on farm-to-school programs

From the PBS program “Inside California Education.”

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Natural and working lands, including farms and ranches, critical to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductions

By Virginia Jameson, CDFA Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands When it comes to public policy, the term “natural and working lands” refers to California’s farms, ranches, rangelands, forests, urban green spaces, and wetlands. These lands are home to … Continue reading

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Ag Day to return to State Capitol next Wednesday, March 23

#AgDay2022

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A look at Ag conservation trends

From Morning Ag Clips  A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report shows use of no-till, crop rotations, more efficient irrigation methods and advanced technologies have climbed in recent years. The report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) demonstrates … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross signs climate smart agriculture MOU with Western Cape, South Africa

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross today reconvened the department’s Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy mission in Western Cape, South Africa with a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities. The MOU galvanizes further international collaboration on CSA … Continue reading

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Urban farmers find niche with local and state support — from Ag Alert

By Hannah Getahun Tucked behind the First Congregational Church, in one of Santa Ana’s oldest neighborhoods, are verdant rows of spinach, Brussels sprouts and other leafy greens dotted with the orange hues of marigolds. Six-year-old Diana Bautista, a mainstay and … Continue reading

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CDFA recognizes the substantial contributions of women farmers and ranchers

Today is International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month, and CDFA would like to highlight and recognize the substantial contributions of women farmers in our state. According to the USDA’s Census of Agriculture, California’s 46,235 farming and ranching … Continue reading

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March 10 deadline for USDA-NRCS Cover Crop Initiative applications in California

USDA-NRCS news release The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is encouraging producers to sign up for a special cover crop initiative offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Interested producers can apply and final selections will … Continue reading

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Are you getting what you pay for? National Weights and Measures Week (March 1-7) highlights work of CDFA and other measurement standards professionals to make sure you do

Whether you are a California resident, a visiting tourist, or you own a company that does business in the state, you engage daily in transactions that include weighing, measurement or counting using a commercial weighing or measuring device. It is … Continue reading

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