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Monthly Archives: December 2022

USDA presents certificate of appreciation to Tiffany Tu, retiring Center for Analytical Chemistry manager

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has presented a certificate of appreciation to retiring CDFA Analytical Chemistry (CAC) Food Safety Program Environmental Program Manager Tiffany Tu. The award reads, in part, “This certificate of appreciation is presented to you with … Continue reading

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Drought Persists: California heads into 2023 with most reservoir levels well below historical averages

A year-end status check of levels at 17 of California’s major water supply reservoirs reveals that our recent storms, while certainly helpful, would need to be repeated several times over early in the new year to get the Golden State … Continue reading

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Holiday Season a Chance to Reconnect with Colleagues and Family as we Enjoy California Agriculture

By Karen Ross, SecretaryCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture Everywhere you look during this holiday season, you see the work of our California agricultural community.From the Christmas trees and poinsettias, to the resplendent holiday tables full of California-grown specialties, to … Continue reading

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Rain welcome but drought persists

The graphic below from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service demonstrates that almost all of California remains in a devastating drought, despite encouragement from recent precipitation. Californians are reminded to save water by … Continue reading

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Report — California’s climate-smart dairy practices creating pathway to significant methane reduction

From a UC Davis analysis The California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) and University of California, Davis CLEAR Center has announced the release of a new analysis of methane reduction progress titled Meeting the Call: How California is Pioneering a Pathway to … Continue reading

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California awards $74 million to conserve agricultural lands, bolstering climate action and rural economies

Taken from a California Strategic Growth Council news release The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has approved over $74 million in grants to protect 54,000 acres of agricultural lands at risk of development. The investments are part of Round 8 … Continue reading

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Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship Program reports on continuing efforts to guide responsible use of antibiotics with livestock

CDFA’s Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) program has released its fourth Annual Report. The AUS program is a comprehensive antibiotic stewardship and monitoring program, established to fulfill the mandates of California law, Livestock: Use of Antimicrobial Drugs (FAC Sections 14400 … Continue reading

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California makes climate history — again

News release from the Governor’s Office Bringing offshore wind power to the West Coast. Providing funding for 90,000 new EV chargers across the state. Approving a new solar policy that will make our grid more reliable and accelerate energy independence. … Continue reading

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Make your voice heard! Public comment periods underway for two key state groundwater programs

Two key state groundwater conservation programs are in the midst of public comment periods, providing stakeholders with important opportunities to help shape these programs. One is the Department of Water Resource’s LandFlex Program, which will provide immediate drought relief to … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross swears in Arturo Barajas to serve on the Cal Expo Board of Directors

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