Sacramento, California - California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross spent a rewarding afternoon recently with young rancher, student, and up-and-coming ag leader Bailey Morrell at her family’s ranch near Willows in Northern California. As Bailey led a tour of the property’s cattle pens, nut orchards and hay fields, the pair recorded an extensive conversation that will be aired later this summer as part of the Imagine If podcast project. CDFA’s Planting Seeds blog will feature the podcast as soon as it’s available.

Sacramento, California - Now midway through the 2018 legislative session, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) is geared up for a full week of Assembly floor votes to send the remainder of his bill package onto the Senate. Last Friday, he safely ushered eight bills out of the Appropriations suspense file, and they have now joined his list floor vote eligible measures.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is now accepting new dairy and livestock manure management practices for consideration in the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The goal of this effort is to improve program effectiveness and increase stakeholder engagement.

Los Angeles, California - Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have started reporting sick birds. VND has now been confirmed in a number of flocks of backyard birds in San Bernardino County. CDFA is working closely with USDA to respond to these findings, and is investigating any potential links between these cases and a case recently identified in Los Angeles County.

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

Sacramento, California - A former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant pleaded guilty today to seeking and receiving a bribe from an Afghan contractor while serving in Afghanistan.  The sergeant worked at the Humanitarian Aid Yard (HA Yard) at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan and was involved in the issuance of contracts to replenish supplies at the HA Yard under the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP).  The sergeant is the eighth defendant to plead guilty in the investigation of this matter.