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Monthly Archives: October 2023

Specialty Crop Block Grant supports UC “Farm to Corrections” project

NOTE — CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, utilizing funds provided by the USDA, awarded a grant of nearly $440,000 to the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources division to facilitate increased access to California-grown produce for residents of … Continue reading

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California Farm to School Conference celebrates champions building local, resilient food systems

More than 300 school food leaders, farmers and educators joined California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross and the Alice Waters Institute at the 2023 California Farm to School Conference October … Continue reading

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Ag Mission to Spain reveals broad potential for collaboration

Food safety, ag tech, plant breeding, irrigation technology, bioinnovation, automation for precision and sustainability – the opportunities for collaboration run deep and wide, as last week’s agricultural delegation from California discovered during a fascinating, stimulating week in Spain. Like all … Continue reading

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Farm to School Month — video highlights benefits for students and small farmers

As the nation celebrates October as National Farm to School Month, check out the video below highlighting the benefits of California’s commitment to farm-to-school programs! The video was created with funds awarded to Slow Money SLO’s Farm to School project … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross in Spain — Ag Tech and Food Safety discussed on next leg of policy mission

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Located in the southeast of Spain, the Murcia region is a key production area for not only the country but also the European Union, which relies on the region’s fresh fruits and vegetables. As a … Continue reading

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Farmworkers Advancement Program grant solicitation announced by EDD

Up to $9 million for skill-building, career advancement, upward mobility California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces the availability of up to $9 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Governor’s … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross leads Climate Smart Agriculture delegation to Spain

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and a delegation of California agricultural representatives are in Spain this week to exchange information about climate smart agriculture.  “Spain is one of the leading specialty crop producers in Europe,” said Secretary Ross. “The climate challenges … Continue reading

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Farm to School Month – CDFA celebrates statewide partners

In recognition of National Farm to School Month’s theme of “Rooted in Community: Growing Stronger, Together,” CDFA celebrates the community of individuals across all sectors, generations and interests – farmers, parents, students, advocates, teachers, food service workers and lawmakers – … Continue reading

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California Farmers and Farmworkers Month – meet a couple who have traveled both roads

To celebrate and thank our hardworking farmworkers and farmers, CDFA joins with California Grown this October to spotlight California Farmers and Farmworkers Month. In this video we learn about Pedro and Amelia Ceja, Napa/Sonoma vintners who began their journey in … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples Day — CDFA recognizes sustainable urban farming practices rooted in native and indigenous traditions

Today (October 9) is Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate and honor indigenous peoples and commemorate their histories and cultures. In this video, CDFA profiles Three Sisters Gardens, an urban farm in West Sacramento led by Alfred Melbourne. The garden incorporates … Continue reading

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