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CDFA Secretary Ross in D.C.: “Great conversation with USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue about California Ag issues”

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is in Washington, D.C. this week, meeting today with USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue and other officials. Secretary Ross reported on her Twitter feed, “Great conversation with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue about CALIFORNIA ag issues. It has been a … Continue reading

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Secretary Ross tours USDA “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile exhibit at the State Fair

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent their “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile interactive exhibit to the California State Fair this year, marking the first time the decked-out vehicle has made the … Continue reading

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The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA

By USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of accepting the Federal Agency of the Year award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Continue reading

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California leads the nation with $2.88 billion in horticultural sales

SACRAMENTO – California leads the nation with $2.88 billion in horticulture sales, according to the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Of the $13.8 billion total horticultural sales … Continue reading

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COMET-Farm: Science-based Tools to help Specialty Crop Growers

Agricultural food production and the relationship with the air, water and soil systems is complex, both from scientific and practical perspectives. Bringing the scientific interrelationships into a user-friendly on-line tool to help agricultural producers understand their entire farming operation’s carbon … Continue reading

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USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities’ Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables

Funding Supports Local Food Systems, Farmers Markets and Healthier Eating for SNAP Participants Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack helped to kick off the nation’s harvest season this week by announcing nearly $35 million in new funding through four grant programs to … Continue reading

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USDA and NASA expand partnership to monitor drought and predict wildfires from space

Meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman have announced an expanded partnership between the two agencies to better protect America’s working lands, predict and prevent natural … Continue reading

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Grill like a pro! Food safety tips from the USDA

July 4 is right around the corner and for the estimated 80% of households that own grills or smokers, that means one thing – barbeques.  Grill masters can make sure they don’t leave their diners with a nasty case of … Continue reading

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From USDA: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $150 Million, New Partnership to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California

Resilient Lands and Waters partnership will focus public and private resources towards conserving and restoring the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird to announce … Continue reading

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USDA to Expand Investment in Water Conservation, Resilience across Drought-Stricken States

Targeted drought funding builds on substantial drought relief efforts From the USDA: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers … Continue reading

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