Author Archives: Robert Schmidt, Director Executive Office OITS

About Robert Schmidt, Director Executive Office OITS

Mr. Schmidt is Agency Chief Information Officer and Director of Executive Office/IT Services for the California Department of Food & Agriculture. As a proven leader over a 20 year State IT career, he influences technology-related decisions and change across internal and external stakeholders statewide including 31 state departments, boards, and commissions. In Mr. Schmidt's prior roles at CTA and FTB he developed a reputation as the go to guy’ for execution of large-scale, complex projects and programs. His academic achievements are a true blend of business and technology as well with a Master's of Business Administration from CSU, Sacramento and Bachelor's in Computer Science from CSU, Chico.

Help CDFA Reduce Lost and Stolen Mobile Devices

Let’s face it smartphones are easy to snatch and take. A recent survey found that 3 out of 10 cell phone users between the ages of 35 and 54 have misplaced their device or had it stolen, as Kashmir Hill … Continue reading

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20 Years of Ag Fertilizer Research Opened Online

Over the past 20 years, CDFA’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has funded over $12 million dollars worth of scientific research on the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizing materials.  One of the goals of this research … Continue reading

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PiercesDisease.Org Online with CalCloud Infrastructure

Pierce’s Disease (PD) is a fatal bacterial disease of grapevines that is spread by certain types of insects, such as leafhoppers. It has been present in California for more than 100 years and in the past has caused sizable losses … Continue reading

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From Smart Phones to Sensors, Data Drives the Future of Ag

In California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) balanced, agency-wide roadmap, information technology drives and supports innovative and cutting-edge initiatives that will position board members, inspectors, veterinarians, scientists, technicians and other CDFA constituents not only to achieve the goals of … Continue reading

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Mobile Technology is at Home on the Range

Livestock Brand Inspectors have been performing their jobs in the same way since 1917, when the Bureau of Livestock Identification was established, as a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; by the use of hand completed forms … Continue reading

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California’s Animal Border Crossing Data System

California Border Protection Stations (BPS) are the first line of defense in protecting our environment and resources from invasive species.  At these stations, vehicles are inspected for commodities infested with invasive species. California established its first agricultural inspection stations in … Continue reading

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CDFA Growing Mobile Apps for California Citizens

CDFA’s ongoing commitment to outreach through technology has led to the development of three new applications for smart phones. The first is a guide to local farmers’ markets. The new application was developed in collaboration with the State Department of Technology and … Continue reading

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