Healthy Soils Program Grant Applications Due September 19, 2017

September 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM

 Grant applications for the Healthy Soils Program – Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects are due by 5.00 p.m. on September 19, 2017. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Technical assistance workshops to help potential applicants prepare and submit their Incentives Program applications are ongoing statewide and the schedule can be viewed at: .

Riverside Supervisors Take Step In Permitting Process

August 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. read more

Tackle Nitrate Pollution With Local Solutions

August 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

It will take decades to slow nitrate contamination in groundwater from industrial agriculture in parts of the state of California, so communities are taking matters into their own hands to get clean drinking water.

A by-product of the nitrogen fertilizer that farmers put on crops, nitrates in groundwater have increased since the rise of industrial agriculture in the 1950’s. Growers apply more fertilizer than the crops can absorb, and the excess nitrates are then washed into surface or groundwater when the crops are irrigated. Read more

National Farmers Market Week Aug 6-12

August 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM

From the AMS blog:

National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, 2017! AMS has created branding to help farmers market managers promote their celebrations and build recognition of National Farmers Market Week. These branding graphics can be used to make posters, emails, buttons, and much more. We’re offering two color options: full-color, or a single-color (brown) format that can work as a neutral for markets with established branding.

Download our branding packs below. For help downloading and using these graphics, visit our tips page.

Carbon Farming: California Focus on Soil to Meet Climate, Water Goals

August 4, 2017 at 9:55 AM

A pioneering program in California aims to sequester carbon, improve water resources and boost plant growth, by treating the soil beneath farmers’ and ranchers’ feet as part of a living system.



Draft Program Environmental Impact Report Now Available for Your Comments

July 29, 2017 at 1:04 PM

15 June 2017

Hello CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Stakeholders:

The public comment period for the proposed medical cannabis cultivation regulations closed on June 14, 2017, and we sincerely appreciate your participation.

Today we are excited to announce the release of the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for public review and comment. This environmental report can be viewed here.

The Draft PEIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. Additional information on the PEIR can be found by reading this Frequently Asked Questions handout on the environmental review process.

The release of the Draft PEIR triggers a 45-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses, mitigation measures, and alternatives associated with statewide cannabis cultivation. Public and agency comments on the Draft PEIR are a critical part of the environmental review process.

The formal comment period for the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft PEIR begins on June 15, 2017, and ends on July 31, 2017, 5pm (PST).

Written comments can be mailed to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Attn: Amber Morris
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
Program Environmental Impact Report
1220 N Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments also may be emailed

Four workshops will be held to provide the public and regulatory agencies an opportunity to ask questions and submit verbal comments on the Draft PEIR.


Tuesday, July 11- Weaverville

Weaverville Veterans Memorial Hall
101 Memorial Lane
Weaverville, CA 96093
Thursday, July 13 – Quincy

Plumas County Fairgrounds
204 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971

Tuesday, July 18 – Monterey

Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

Thursday, July 20 – San Diego

Hilton Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

We look forward to your involvement in this important part of developing California’s medical cannabis cultivation licensing regulations.

Get plugged in as a government contractor

July 25, 2017 at 10:47 AM

This is a free event 

Meet and hear from SBA and its funded resource partners: IE Small Business Development Center, IE Women’s Business Center & IE SCORE

– Learn about certifications available through SBA, State and Local government

– Find out about the application process

– Where to look for opportunities

– Marketing your product/service to the Federal government

Forbes says: Edibles Are The Next Big Thing For Pot Entrepreneurs

July 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

As more states legalize cannabis for recreational use, edibles will become a huge market for entrepreneurs. In California alone, consumers gobbled up more than $180 million worth of marijuana-infused food and drinks last year, 10% of the state’s cannabis sales.  Click here to read the full article

Want a permit in San Jacinto?

July 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM

SAN JACINTO: The City Council set the permit fee at $16,500 during its meeting Tuesday, July 18. Annual permit renewals will cost $6,000 and there also will be a $10,000 fee to transfer a permit. Read more


CDFA accepting proposals for 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

July 13, 2017 at 3:24 PM


Release #17-035

SACRAMENTO, July 10, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Review the 2017SCMP Request for Applications for detailed application instructions.


Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty crop producer associations and groups, state government agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder organizations are all eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners (referred to as “multi-state partners”) with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states to qualify for the program. The deadline to submit SCMP proposals to California is 1:59 p.m. PST on September 25, 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically to


All questions regarding the SCMP should be emailed to