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From the editors: Looking forward

January/February 2017 California Bountiful magazine



Each year's dawn marks a new beginning, an opportunity to reflect on the ways we will work for the future we want to see. In this issue, we bring you stories that celebrate the beauty of what we have today and explore ways to build a thriving tomorrow.

The winning images from the California Farm Bureau Federation 2016 Photo Contest showcase our state's rich and diverse agricultural landscape. Meet the recipients and finalists of the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors the commitments of farmers and ranchers to protect and conserve our natural resources. Discover how one man made it his mission to save discarded wool and turn it into blankets to keep U.S. service members warm. Find out how hydroponics offers a new horizon for water-efficient farming in our state—and in space. And learn how farmers and communities are working together online to fight food waste.

When it comes to the future, we're all in this together. We hope these stories and more help inspire a bright beginning to your year.

Happy New Year from the California Bountiful team.


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