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Central Valley Farmer Plans to Take Fight Back to D.C. as Congressman

California agriculture may be on its way to getting better representation in Washington D.C. with John Duarte running for California’s new 13th Congressional District.  A Central Valley native and an active multigenerational farmer, John is no career politician.  Protecting property rights and increasing water storage are among his top priorities. Watch this brief interview with John to see what he …

Hundreds of Thousands of Prime CA Farmland Acreage Fallowed this Year Due to Drought

Farmers and other California residents have been pushing legislature for many years to increase our state’s water storage capacity with no success, and with the “years of plenty” long past, hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland will go fallow this year. This will have devastating impacts on our nation’s food supply, local communities and the many families that …

Japanese Consumers Crave California Almonds, Walnuts & Pistachios

According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, a strong demand for U.S. Tree Nut products continues in Japan, driven by the growing health-oriented trends among Japanese consumers. In 2021, fresh and dried nut imports to Japan totaled $491 million, of which 78.2 percent or approximately $384 million was from the United States. The key market sectors for U.S. Tree Nuts …

CA Senators Feinstein and Padilla Join Efforts To Hold Summit to Resolve Ag Export Trade Crisis

The Almond Alliance of California today thanked  California’s U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla for joining with a collaborative of major agriculture associations in urging a summit with all stakeholders – ocean shipping carriers and agricultural exporters – to resolve gridlock at the nation’s ports, where billions of dollars of exports are stuck on the docks. “The agriculture community …

California Almond Subjective Forecast Estimates Smaller Crop

The 2022 California Almond Subjective Forecast published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2022 will come in at 2.8 billion pounds, 4 percent below last year’s 2.92 billion pounds. Forecasted yield is 2,040 pounds per acre, 8 percent below the 2021 yield of 2,210 per acre. “A lower …

How to Protect Your Farmland for Future Generations in California

Many California farms are run by families who have cultivated the land for several generations.  It’s not just land, it’s not just an investment — it is part of what defines them and their mission to feed the world. Watch this brief interview with Charlotte Mitchell from the California Farmland Trust as she shares how to protect their legacy of …

Oregon Hazelnut Grower Shares Experience with Mechanized Pruning

Due to increasing labor costs and shortages in recent years, many painstaking tasks on the farm are now being mechanized, and Pacific Northwest hazelnut growers are beginning to see mechanical pruning as a more reliable and economical alternative to traditional hand-pruning. But when is an appropriate time to begin this practice for those who have just recently planted new orchards? …

EU Proposes New MRL Regulation on Imported Pistachios

It appears that aflatoxin will not be the only naturally occurring mold sabotaging pistachio shipments destined for the European Union.  The EU is proposing a new MRL regulation on Ochratoxin A in pistachio imports to go into effect January 1, 2023. But what is Ochratoxin A and what should the pistachio industry know about this? Watch this brief interview with …

Navel Orangeworm Sterile Insect Technique Moving Forward

Many tree nut growers are aware of the pistachio industry’s investment and government support of sterile insect technique as another tool to suppress navel orangeworm populations in the orchard, but recognize that the research takes time and money. So how far have we come and does the technique still have promise for combatting the tree nut industry’s number one insect …

Almond Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations Following Whole Orchard Recycling

Whole orchard recycling has been a great alternative to the traditional burning of aging almond orchards; however, incorporating the carbon rich wood chips back into the soil presents concerns for nitrogen availability upon replanting.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Farm Advisor Brent Holtz as he shares his nitrogen application recommendations for replanting almonds following orchard recycling based on recent …

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