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ISD Staff Spotlight: Center for Analytical Chemistry’s Debbie Cordova takes pride in helping California

NAME: Deborah “Debbie” Cordova

YEARS at CDFA: 23 years

PROGRAM: Research & Development, Center for Analytical Chemistry

POSITION TITLE: Senior Environmental Scientist

USUAL DAILY ACTIVITIES ON THE JOB? You’ll either find me in the lab working on some samples or helping others with theirs, at my desk writing or researching about those samples, or in my boss’s office or in meetings talking about those samples.

HOW DO YOU WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA FOOD SUPPLY? As part of the Research and Development team here at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (CAC), we work toward improving or developing methods that the CAC or other agencies will use to test chemicals in food, water and the environment.

THOUGHTS OF WORKING AT INSPECTION SERVICES? Although many people don’t know what we do out here at the lab, I have a wonderful sense of pride in knowing that my colleagues and I are doing our part to help California and its people.

PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE? As the verse goes, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Therefore, I try not to worry too much about things, laugh when I can, and treat others with kindness.

SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOU? I can think of song lyrics that will fit into almost any conversation. Don’t ask me the title of the song or the artist, I just have random bits of songs in my head at all times.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY? This is my home away from home. I’ve made wonderful friends here

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CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) invites crop consultants / advisors to join group session for feedback on FREP informational products and services

The FREP team is inviting crop consultants and advisors to take part in evaluating how FREP can better support their work across California.

FREP will be holding a series of focus group sessions to gather feedback and suggestions on irrigation and nutrient management informational products and services provided by FREP and partnering organizations.

Click here to view a FREP blog will details who is eligible to participate, why it’s important, and when are where the sessions are being held.

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FREP’s Mark Cady named president of California Chapter of American Society of Agronomy

FREP Supervisor Mark Cady (left) accepts the presidential gavel of the California Chapter of American Society of Agronomy from UC Davis Associate Professor Daniel Geisseler Feb. 7 at the 2024 California Plant and Soil Conference in Fresno.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Supervisor Mark Cady on Feb. 7 became president of the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy (CalASA).

“I’m excited to take on this responsibility,” Cady said. “My goals include trying to offer the best conference ever and helping our chapter develop a stronger relationship with our parent organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.”

CalASA was founded in April 1971 by California agronomists wanting a conference focused on California agricultural sciences. The CalASA annual conference was launched in January 1972 and has been held every year since. The purpose of the annual California Plant and Soil Conference is the same as the national chapter: to promote research, disseminate scientific information, foster high standards of educational and ethical conduct in the profession, and facilitate robust cooperation among organizations with similar missions.

This is Cady’s seventh year as a CalASA board member. Now in his fourth year on the CalASA executive board, the president position rotated to him for one year. CalASA presidential duties include organizing board activities and ensuring all tasks and processes are going according to plan for the California Plant and Soil Conference to occur at the beginning of each year.

“The value of the conference is it’s not simply high-level research reports, but more like relevant scientific topics suitable for academics and producers in the field,” Cady said. “The audience is a great mix of students and people with established careers interacting in a way that would not otherwise be possible.”

American Society of Agronomy (ASA) membership includes agricultural academics, private crop advisors and those working in crop, plant and soil sciences. ASA also is the home organization of the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program. CDFA’s FREP has a relationship with ASA in that FREP helped establish the California Nitrogen Specialty certification for CCAs. Crop advisors must have this certification to approve irrigation and nitrogen management plans in California’s Central Valley.

Click here for more information about CalASA or the annual California Plant and Soil Conference.

“If you’re involved in any way with agricultural sciences, this is a great conference that we invite you to participate in,” Cady said. “And you’re by definition a member of CalASA if you attend the conference.”

Fun Trivia Fact: Cady’s spouse, Casey Walsh Cady, was president of CalASA in 2003, making them the second husband-wife team to have served different terms as CalASA president.

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Produce Safety Program Offers Flooding Response Resources for California Produce Growers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Produce Safety Program announces a new Flooding Response Resources section has been added to the Resources section of its Educate webpage.

As seasonal storms are underway, this new section offers several educational resources related to flooding and produce safety on farms. The California agricultural community is encouraged to visit this site regularly as new resources become available.

Click here to read a Produce Safety Rules! Blog post with further details.

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Apply by April 4 for 2023-24 CA Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is accepting applications for the 2023-24 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, until 5 p.m. PDT April 4, 2024.
 
The program will award competitive grants to support projects that cultivate equity, nurture students, build climate resilience, and create scalable and sustainable change.
 
To support a systems approach to advancing farm to school throughout the state, the program offers four funding tracks:

  • Track 1: The California Farm to School TK-12 Procurement and Education Grant
  • Track 2: The California Farm to School Technical Assistance (TA) Grant
  • Track 3: The California Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Grant
  • Track 4: The California Farm to School Producer Grant

Visit the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program webpage to view the formal request for applications, access the online portal through which applications must be submitted, and register for informational webinars.
 
The California Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022 made appropriations for the 2023-24 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program. CDFA will make a total of up-to $52.8 million available via the four funding tracks outlined above. The amount of funds awarded in each funding track will depend on the number of competitive applications received in each funding track.
 
For assistance and questions related to the Farm to School Incubator Grant Program process, please email cafarmtoschool@cdfa.ca.gov.

Click here to view this original CDFA news release.

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Apply by Feb. 29 to fill vacancy on Feed Inspection Advisory Board

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces three vacancies on the Feed Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB). This board makes regulatory and enforcement recommendations to CDFA to help ensure that commercial feed inspections contribute to a clean and wholesome supply of milk, meat and eggs.

The FIAB vacancies are for three commercial feed industry representatives. Board member applicants must hold a current California Commercial Feed License. The term of office for board members is up to three years. Board members do not receive compensation, but they are entitled to necessary travel expenses. 

Individuals interested in a board appointment must submit a resume and a completed Prospective Member Appointment Questionnaire (PMAQ). The PMAQ is available on the CDFA website at: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/pdfs/PMAQ_Feed_IAB.pdf. Both the resume and PMAQ are due by February 29, 2024. 
 
Send resume and PMAQ via email to Brittnie.Williams@cdfa.ca.gov or by mail to: 

CDFA
Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Service Branch 
Attn: Brittnie Williams 
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

For further information, please contact Brittnie Williams at (916) 862-4014 or Brittnie.Williams@cdfa.ca.gov.

Click here to view this original CDFA news release.

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CDFA Produce Safety Program announces development of new digital Farm Data Repository website

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Produce Safety Program (PSP) announces the development of a new digital pathway for fresh produce farmers in California to access their own Produce Safety Rule inspection records and produce safety resources online.

Starting in late 2024, California fresh produce farmers will be able to log into a new cloud-based PSP farm data repository website to view their own farm information and have on-demand access to their digital produce safety inspection reports related to their own farms.

In addition, the PSP farm data repository website will provide resources to support on-farm compliance with the requirements of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule and provide a convenient way for California farmers to connect with PSP staff. The new technology will also allow the Produce Safety Program to focus inspection efforts based on food safety risk factors to help ensure a safe and quality food supply for all consumers.

Click here to view a Produce Safety Rules! blog post with further details.

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Subscribe to receive new email version of Quarterly Feed Update Newsletter

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Commercial Feed Regulatory Program (CFRP) invites you to subscribe to a modernized Quarterly Feed Update Newsletter that is changing from a PDF file to an email newsletter.

The new Quarterly Feed Update will contain links to all blog posts, articles and updates from the previous quarter published individually to the CFRP Run of the Mill Blog. Click here for more information.

To sign up for this newsletter, please visit the CDFA Subscriptions webpage, enter your email or cell phone number, then check the Commercial Feed & Livestock Drug Program box under the Inspection Services Division, as shown in the accompanying graphic.

The Commercial Feed Regulatory Program is part of the Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services Branch of CDFA’s Division of Inspection Services.

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Sign up for Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s quarterly newsletter – “Bringing Research into Practice”

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) now offers a quarterly newsletter, “Bringing Research into Practice.”

With this newsletter, FREP intends to provide updates on the FREP Grant Program, including information on funding availability and current and completed research projects.

The newsletter also will feature upcoming events focused on irrigation and nutrient management, including the annual FREP Conference.

To sign up for this newsletter, please visit the CDFA Email Subscriptions webpage, enter your email or cell phone number, then check the Fertilizer Research and Education box under the Inspection Services Division section, as shown in this blog’s graphic.

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program is part of the Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services Branch of CDFA’s Division of Inspection Services.

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CDFA participates in 44th annual EcoFarm Conference

CDFA staff was happy to participate and answer questions for farmers and ranchers at the 44th Annual EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Topics of interest included the CDFA State Organic ProgramOrganic Certification Cost Share ProgramCDFA Organic Input Materials Program, and the CDFA Farm to School Program. (Lower right) The CDFA California Organic Products Advisory Committee held a meeting at the conference. (Upper right) California State Board of Food and Agriculture member Doria Robinson participated in the keynote session “Cultivating Success: Insights from Seasoned Farmers.”

Click here to view this original CDFA Planting Seeds blog post.

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