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Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

Yosemite, California - Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass. The park's annual pass would increase from $40 to $60. The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle.

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Workshop Schedule 2015

Sacramento, California - During the first two weeks of November, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature an overview of the program, a walkthrough of how to use the online application system, a description of requirements for grant recipients, as well as helpful grant writing tips. All prospective SCBGP applicants are encouraged to participate.

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

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Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC), seeks to appoint 8 members to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture, on behalf of the Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC), seeks to appoint eight (8) members to the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC).  The Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve on the CISAC.

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Acres of Ambition

Salinas, California - The next segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Acres of Ambition,” a  profile of a program in Salinas training farmworkers to become farmers.

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CDFA Awards to 93 different projects to reduce water and energy use

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $3.6 million for 93 different projects to implement on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce water and energy use, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The funding for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) is part of emergency drought Legislation (SB 103) signed earlier this year by Governor Brown - authorizing CDFA to distribute as much as $10 million for eligible projects. 

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USC Launches Pilot Crowdfunding Platform

Los Angeles, California - USC has unveiled its first crowdfunding platform to help faculty, staff and students secure financial support for their projects: Ignite USC.

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New grant aims to build global food security through produce research

Davis, California - A new $18.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development will boost international fruit and vegetable research led by the University of California, Davis.

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