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CDFA environmental scientist offers technical assistance at Farming to Grow California’s Black Specialty Crop Farmers workshop

Dr. Don Stoeckel, senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Produce Safety Program, discusses good agricultural practices to minimize microbial contamination in the production and handling of fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts at a recent technical assistance workshop in Yolo County. The workshop, “Farming to Grow California’s Black Specialty Crop Farmers,” was offered by Farms to Grow through funding support of the CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown by historically marginalized African American farmers in California.  

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