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Monthly Archives: November 2023

Innovative collaborations boost soil health outreach — CDFA funding helps make it happen

Collaborative Project in Sacramento Valley increased outreach, regional cooperation Note — CDFA will join partners from around California to observe Healthy Soils Week, Dec 4 – 8. By Linda J. ForbesDirector of Strategic Communications, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources In … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross gives thanks for food, agriculture, and the people who make it possible

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross It is the season to reflect on the year, gather around the table, and give thanks!  As someone who feels truly blessed to work with people I respect and admire, I feel thankful every day … Continue reading

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Cost of Thanksgiving dinner down slightly from 2022

From the American Farm Bureau Federation Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner won’t take as much of a toll on your pocketbook this year compared to 2022, but the meal still reflects historically high costs. The American Farm … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving food safety tips from the USDA

America’s biggest food holiday is almost here, and the USDA wants to remind consumers to avoid habits that increase the risk of harmful bacteria in their Thanksgiving meal. “Unsafe handling and undercooking your turkey can cause foodborne illness,” said USDA … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross at APEC CEO Summit USA 2023

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Don’t move homegrown fruits and vegetables off your property — urgent holiday reminder for Californians in fruit fly quarantine zones

With Thanksgiving and its generous tradition of sharing coming up next week, CDFA is urgently reminding Californians in fruit fly quarantine zones that they should *not* be moving homegrown produce off their property — citrus as well as other fruits … Continue reading

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USDA Contributes to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, Highlighting Impacts on Ag, Forests and Rural Communities and Adaptation Needs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its important contributions to the Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA5) demonstrating a commitment to understanding and addressing the effects of climate change. “Our farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners are on the … Continue reading

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Visit State Organic Program booth at Organic Grower Summit Nov. 29-30

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s California State Organic Program (SOP) invites attendees of the sixth annual Organic Grower Summit to visit the SOP booth in the exhibitor section. The event runs November 29-30. The summit provides a great … Continue reading

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CDFA helps California dairy farmers generate renewable energy from waste — from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources via Morning Ag Clips

California ranks number one in the nation for dairy production, with 1,100 to 1,200 dairy farms, each with an average of 1,436 cows, mostly concentrated in Tulare County in the San Joaquin Valley. A major dairy waste is cow manure, … Continue reading

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USDA launches initiative to improve competitiveness of specialty crop industry

From a USDA news release The USDA is initiating a new effort to further support the U.S. specialty crops sector and increase the competitiveness of its products as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to build new, more and better … Continue reading

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