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Monthly Archives: November 2022

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of our GRATITUDE for California Agriculture

By Karen Ross, SecretaryCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture The dictionary defines gratitude as the state of being grateful:  THANKFULNESS. It is important to express appreciation to people every day, but especially at this time of year – a time to … Continue reading

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Report: Climate extremes compound the severity of California’s continuing drought

Estimated $2 billion in GDP and 19,414 jobs lost to drought in 2022 Any way you look at it – precipitation, temperature, the amount of stored water available – the past three years have been the driest period on record, … Continue reading

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Farmer and rancher grant writing workshop offered December 1

California farmers and ranchers, including veterans and beginners, are invited to attend a Farmer & Rancher Grant Writing Workshop 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 via Zoom. The workshop is being offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Continue reading

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CDFA participates in 8th annual Latino Farmer Conference

Representatives from across CDFA divisions and programs were on hand at the Latino Farmer Conference in Escondido on November 17 and 18. The event was held at the California Center for the Arts with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, equity, … Continue reading

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Californians selected for EPA farm, ranch and rural advisory committee

Taken from an EPA news release Two Californians–Lake County supervisor Eddie Crandell Sr. and Jeanne Merrill of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition–have been appointed to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC), which … Continue reading

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Check your cord — firewood buying tips from CDFA

CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) oversees fair commerce in California, including firewood purchases that are common this time of year. If you’re a consumer who wants to purchase firewood to last through the winter, you’re going to be spending … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross emphasizes ‘multi-level action,’ climate-smart strategy at COP27

The ongoing drive of farmers and ranchers to remain resilient in the face of climate change took center stage over the last several days in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where CDFA Secretary Karen Ross traveled to participate in the Conference of … Continue reading

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CDFA awards $25.5 million for Farm to School projects across California

As part of California’s nation-leading investment in farm to school programs, the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is excited to announce $25.5 million in funding for 120 farm to school projects across the state. … Continue reading

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From Service to Harvest — farming opportunities for veterans

In recognition of Veterans Day tomorrow, here is a video from CDFA’s award-winning Growing California series on opportunities for veterans to become farmers and ranchers with assistance from the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

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Farmers on Drought — Pang Chang, Fresno County

On the west side of Fresno County, you’ll find the farm of Pang Chang. He and his family have been growing crops in California for more than 30 years and farmed in Laos prior to that.   Pang started by … Continue reading

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