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US Pistachio Shipments Up Despite Logistical & Economic Challenges

Despite continued pandemic, trade and logistical issues, American Pistachio Growers President Richard Matoian shared at their annual Summer Luncheon that pistachio shipments are up, which is critical for the success of this growing commodity. Watch this brief interview with Richard as he explains, and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry …

Ag Goals & Progress of Voluntary Agreements for Bay-Delta Flows

What is now being referred to as a 20 year drought in California has caused many problems for not only farmers, but all Californians and wildlife. In addition to the dire need for water infrastructure renovations, farming groups are also very focused on pursuing voluntary agreements for alternatives to the California State Water Resources Control Board plan for Bay-Delta flows. …

2021 Crop Forecast with American Pistachio Growers

Just how “off” of an off-year do we expect the California pistachio crop to be this season?  Obviously factors of drought and increasing bearing acreage will play major roles in the outcome of this year’s harvest, but watch this brief interview with APG President Richard Matoian as he shares the crop forecast.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer …

FARM Act Funding for Pilot Programs to Produce Biocarbon Products from Tree Nuts

The Almond Alliance of California today commended Rep. Josh Harder (C-10) for including funding to support ten nationwide pilot programs to convert tree nut by-products into biocarbon products in the Future of Agricultural Resiliency and Modernization (FARM) Act. Almond Alliance President Elaine Trevino explained that in California the funding will help accelerate efforts to develop new biofuels or other biocarbon …

Merced Grower Works with Farmland Trust to Protect Acreage from Urban Development

Merced County almond, walnut and peach grower, Randy Fiorini is proud to be the first farmer to work with both the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation and California Farmland Trust in a conservation fundraising campaign to protect agricultural land from urban expansion. Watch this brief video with Randy Fiorini as he explains the program and needed support to realize his goal. …

Washington Issues Rules to Protect Farm Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Washington is under a state of emergency, with more than 600 wildfires reported already this year. That’s about double the normal rate, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke that can expose outdoor workers in construction, agriculture, and other jobs to health risks from breathing particulate matter in the air. To help these and other …

Third Edition of NMSU’s Extension Troublesome Weeds Publication Now Available

The third edition of a booklet to help identify noxious and invasive weeds in New Mexico is now available. “Noxious and Troublesome Weeds of New Mexico” provides information on about 67 plant species that are ranked in five categories – noxious weeds categories A, B and C, watch list, and troublesome weeds not included on the noxious weeds list. New …

Protecting Pecans with Friendly Fungi

On July 1, 1930, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) formally began its pecan research and breeding program in Austin, TX. With this support from ARS scientists, the United States became the world’s leading producer of pecans, a crop estimated to be worth over $560 million. Nearly a century later at the ARS Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station in Byron, GA , …

American Pistachio Growers Kicks Off New Facebook Live Series

American Pistachio Growers (APG), armed with voluminous data that pistachios are packed with a multitude of benefits for active bodies and minds, is inaugurating a new 2021-22 Facebook Live Series — Friday Fuel-Up with Dr. Mike Roussell — to engage some of the most energetic and interesting people in the world with the question, What fuels you? The monthly series, …

American Farmland Trust Shares Soil Health Economic Calculator with Customized Almond Version

Today, American Farmland Trust, the organization that for 40 years has been saving the land that sustains us and advancing the principles of regenerative agriculture shares an updated AFT’s Retrospective Soil Health Economic Calculator (R-SHEC) Tool, providing farmers and the conservation community a means of evaluating the return on investment (ROI) of soil health conservation practices with 2020 price and …

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