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CDFA’s Work to Regulate Antibiotics in Livestock

A report issued last week by a consortium of environmental groups on antibiotics in the meat supply chain highlights the importance of work being undertaken by California Department of Food and Agriculture as the first state in the nation to regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock. The report touched on CDFA’s efforts but it is important to clearly state …

Turning Waste into Energy

Secretary Ross Addresses National Renderers Association If it were up to her, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross would rather we all stopped using the word “waste.” That’s what she told the National Renderers Association last week at their conference in Orange County. When more than 62 billion pounds of animal by-products are converted annually into usable commodities such as animal feed, biofuels, fertilizers, soaps, and …

Four Companies Shaking Up Food Safety

The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick due to foodborne illness each year – but what if they didn’t have to? Can you imagine a world without foodborne illness? That’s the dream, right? Well, these four emerging technology companies are working hard to make that dream a reality. IBM Block chain is a buzz word in Food Safety …

California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 miles of pipeline and 75,000 cows contribute to this interconnected system, which will collectively reduce an estimated of 1,867,651 metric …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: October 2018 Issue

California Dairy Magazine October Issue

Bordessa Dairy Featured In Scaling Up Climate Smart Ag Event Producers, Officials Discuss Role of Ag in Creating Solutions Changing Manure Management to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions Detailed Study Provides “Whole Dairy” Methane Analysis in CA Dairy Safety 101 Revisiting Dairy Hazard Prevention CA Federal Milk Marketing Order Implementation Underway CDFA Sets Final Prices – Up from September

FDA’s “Intentional Adulteration” Rule

Don’t Get Behind As with many of FDA’s new rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Intentional Adulteration rule sets a standard for the industry that’s similar to what many food processors already have in place.  Companies which have a GFSI certification, like SQF or BRC, already have something called a “Food Defense” plan that includes …

Presidential Order Restores Western Water Supplies

Today’s order by President Trump will provide welcome relief to Western farmers, cities, rural communities and wildlife refuges that have struggled under water supply rules that are long overdue for an update. Prioritizing national interest and the value of California food production, the president’s order requires the re-consultation of the biological opinions to be completed and fully implemented by August …

Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Glyphosate: In the News Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. In early August, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was quickly followed by a report …

A REPORT ON CALIFORNIA’S BROKEN WATER SYSTEM – Westland’s Food for Thought

The Silent Squeeze on Agriculture If you had to guess what percentage of the total US production of broccoli came from California, what would you guess? How about almonds, artichokes, celery, dates, figs, garlic, kiwifruit, olives, processing tomatoes, pistachios, plums, prunes, processing strawberries, or walnuts?    If you answered between 95-100% for each product, you would be correct; this is …

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