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CDFA Announces Vacancies On The Cattle Health Advisory Task Force

Sacramento, Calif., (May 23, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Health and Food Safety Services division is announcing two vacancies on the Cattle Health Advisory Task Force (CHATF), which advises the CDFA Secretary on the control and management of cattle diseases and evaluates the effectiveness of cattle health programs. The term of office for a …

Kickoff meeting of Dairy and Livestock GHG Working Group – May 23

Sacramento, Calif., (May 18, 2017) – The California Air Resources Board, in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC), will host the first meeting of the Dairy and Livestock Greenhouse Gas Reduction Working Group on May 23, 2017.  The first meeting of the Working Group will be …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – There was bit more variation in the weather pattern this week across the west coast with two separate storm systems developing and moving through the area. Each system brought a couple of rounds of light precipitation to various parts of the State. Saturday was the only completely dry day across the State, with no …

Oak Ridge Angus: 105 Years

Santa Rosa, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – At 14 years old, Massimino LaFranchi emigrated from Switzerland in 1888 and made his living milking cows throughout Sonoma County before meeting his wife Anna Nicklaus in San Francisco. In 1912, the couple bought 500 acres of land on the outskirts of Calistoga forming Oak Ridge Farm, named after all the oak trees …

CDFA Announces Vacancy On The Livestock Identification Advisory Board

Sacramento, Calif., (May 15, 2017) – CDFA’s Bureau of Livestock Identification is announcing a vacancy on the Livestock Identification Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the secretary of agriculture about the curbing of livestock theft; legislation and procedures to improve the function of the Bureau; and the Bureau’s annual budget. The term of office for a member on the Board is …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 9, 2017) – A broad ridging pattern over the western United States brought dry and hot weather to the State during the first two thirds of the week. Then a pattern shift over the weekend brought cooler temperatures and precipitation to parts of the State. A few isolated showers were limited to the Los Angeles basin and …

CDFA Announces Funding For Dairy Digester Development Program

Sacramento, Calif., (May 5, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016. This program receives funding from California Climate Investments Program, with proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: May Issue

California Dairy Magazine: May Issue

The May issue of California Dairy Magazine is now available to read online! Read the latest California Dairy & Feed industry news and technology.  Here’s a peek of what’s inside: Overcoming Labor and Environmental Concerns Keeping Informed with Western United Dairymen Declining Dairies Sour Milk Stats Milk Getting Shaky New Pest Management Guidelines for Alfalfa UC Cooperative Extension IPM Revised and …

Public Listening Sessions Scheduled To Discuss Cdfa’s Alternative Manure Management Program

Sacramento, Calif., (April 10, 2017) – Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28, 2017 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework. The listening sessions are designed to obtain input from a wide group of stakeholders including but not limited to dairy and livestock farmers, environmental …

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