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What’s That in Your Cornmeal?

Davis, Calif., (April 3, 2018) – You’re thinking about making Grandma’s Southern Cornbread. You head for your pantry. You remember that six months ago you purchased a bag of cornmeal from a local supermarket and that you immediately emptied the contents into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. You open the airtight jar and notice something strange. It’s moving. Moving? …

Nuts for Calories!

Beltsville, Maryland, (March 30, 2018) – Not all of nuts’ calories are taken up by the human body; on some of them, the body gets a free pass, according to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Physiologists David Baer and Janet Novotny, with ARS’s Food Components and Health Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, recently looked at how many of an almond’s, walnut’s, and pistachio’s calories …

Thousands in the San Joaquin Valley Have Unsafe Drinking Water, But Clean Water Is Close

Davis, Calif., (March 23, 2018) – Tens of thousands of people living in the San Joaquin Valley’s unincorporated, rural, low-income communities have unsafe drinking water pouring from their taps. That water is delivered from a patchwork of community water systems that often don’t meet state or federal standards for drinking water, or from private wells that are not tested. However, …

Backyard Chickens Need More Regulation

Davis, Calif., (March 13, 2018) – Historically, keeping backyard chickens was a response to economic hardship — whether it was in the Depression or during wartime food rationing. But a growing number of chickens today are roaming or are caged on small family farms and in backyards, as suburban and urban poultry gains more popularity among consumers. Many people prefer …

California Issues Warning About Consuming Certain Cactus Imported from Mexico due to Health Risk

Sacramento, Calif., (February 20, 2018) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned people not to eat cactus pads imported from Mexico sold at specific retail and wholesale locations around the state, due to the presence of unapproved pesticides. Through routine monitoring of fresh produce, the cactus pads, or nopales, were found by DPR …

Produce Safety Training Ensuring Continued Enjoyment Of Specialty Crops

Davis, Calif., (January 29, 2018) – Oakleaf, Mizuna, Red Rib Chicory, Lollo Rosa, and Lamb’s Lettuce, are the names of a few of the leafy vegetables which graced my salad plate. The thinly sliced fresh red onion, juicy pomegranate kernels, and fresh citrus dressing added to the delectable ensemble. I, as well as so many other California diners, have grown …

New Pesticide Laws & Regs Now Taking Effect in California

New Pesticide Laws & Regs Now Taking Effect in California

If you missed the Annual Tree & Vine Expo, Marline Azevedo with the Stanislaus County Ag Commissioner’s office provided an update on changes in laws and regulations for growers moving into 2018. Watch her brief interview as she describes two key changes in Chlorpyrifos permit conditions & pesticide use around school sites.

Request For Proposals For The California Nutrition Incentive Grant Program – 2018 CNIP Expansion

Sacramento, Calif., (January 22, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), 2018 CNIP Expansion. CNIP encourages the purchase and consumption of healthy, California grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts by nutrition benefit clients. CDFA is seeking project proposals from qualified entities …

Request For Proposals For The California Nutrition Incentive Grant Program – 2018 CNIP Expansion

Sacramento, Calif., (January 22, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), 2018 CNIP Expansion. CNIP encourages the purchase and consumption of healthy, California grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts by nutrition benefit clients. CDFA is seeking project proposals from qualified entities …

UC ANR Global Food Initiative Fellows Take Aim at Food Insecurity and Obesity

Davis, Calif., (October 13, 2017) – Three University of California students have been selected by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as Global Food Initiative (GFI) fellows for 2017-18. UC Berkeley graduate students Kristal Caballero, Elsbeth Sites and Sonya Zhu are the GFI fellows who will work with ANR academics and staff to address the issue of how to sustainably and nutritiously feed …

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