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Monthly Archives: October 2022

Farewell to CDFA Deputy Secretary Kevin Masuhara

Today is the last day of state service for CDFA Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance Kevin Masuhara, who is retiring after 16 years at the agency. Masuhara has also served as CDFA’s Director of Marketing Services and as the … Continue reading

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CDFA Undersecretary Birdsong applauds partnership as USDA announces funding for schools to purchase locally grown foods  

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Undersecretary Christine Birdsong spoke at an event yesterday held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters to announce the award of more than $23 … Continue reading

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Southern California school garden program encourages students to recycle water for plants

Santiago Elementary School in Lake Forest (Orange County) is growing the next generation of water-wise Californians by encouraging students to recycle clean water for its school garden. In an Instagram post about the project the school asked, “Do you pour … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross joins Salinas food safety tour

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Expanding Food Bank Service Capabilities in Contra Costa/Solano and Beyond

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National Apple Day — grab one that’s crisp like Fall

National Apple Day falls in the midst of peak season for Northern California’s Apple Hill. Check out this video to see what’s happening there.

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Robots and the Future of Farming — from KFSN TV, Fresno

By Dale Yurong The future workforce on Valley farms will include more robots to plant, pick and weed. The FIRA conference at the Fresno Convention Center features creations like The Amiga by Farm-ng, which offers different applications from towing to … Continue reading

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Farm to School Month — McFarland school district students learn about healthy food and gain insight for ag careers

During National Farm to School Month, CDFA continues to recognize and thank partners across California helping to improve the wellbeing of students through food-based education and equitable access to healthy food. One such partner is the McFarland Unified School District … Continue reading

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Farmers on Drought — Yeu Tchieng, Fresno County

About six miles south of Fresno, in the small town of Easton, California, Yeu Tchieng has tended to a farm since 2007, but he’s been farming for a total of more than 50 years – most of his life. Born … Continue reading

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State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones honored by US Animal Health Association

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones was awarded the Medal of Distinction this month by the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) for her achievements in safeguarding animal health in California and across the nation, and her contributions as an … Continue reading

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