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Almond Alliance Announces Leadership Transition

Today, the Almond Alliance Board of Directors announced that our esteemed President and CEO, Aubrey Bettencourt, will be leaving the organization after nearly three years of dedicated service. “As President of the Almond Alliance, Aubrey showed exceptional vision and commitment, guiding us through a period of significant growth and accomplishments,” said Blake Vann, Chairman of the Almond Alliance. “Her leadership …

Hazelnut Grower Keeps Nuts Out of the Mud by Cover Cropping

Like many tree nut commodities, hazelnuts are harvested from the orchard floor after dropping from the trees; however, Oregon growers tend to get more early fall rain events than their California nut grower neighbors. Harvest can get pretty muddy, adding extra processing costs to clean up the crop. The rains came again last year, impacting the later harvested varieties; however, …

New Farm Bill Priorities Supporting Specialty Crop Agriculture

As legislature continues to work on completing a new Farm Bill, specialty crops may reap greater representation and benefits than in any previous Farm Bill.  Watch this brief video featuring Philip Karsting from Olsson Frank Weeda as he discusses their priorities for specialty crop ag at a recent conference held by American Pistachio Growers. Special thanks to American Pistachio Growers for sponsoring this video.

How AI and Global Economic Trends will Impact California Agriculture

World-renowned economist and and financial expert Marci Rossell addressed American Pistachio Growers again this year at their annual conference, this time sharing some key insights on how the boom in AI (artificial intelligence) and inflation/interest-rate trends will impact specialty crop growers in the immediate and near future. Watch her brief interview with Malcolm Media Editor Matthew Malcolm for the inside scoop. …

Pistachio Industry Continues Investment in Promising Export Market Opportunities

The U.S. pistachio industry continues to set high shipment records in key export markets. Much of this made possible by the unified efforts of American Pistachio Growers (APG) and their marketing campaigns overseas. Pacific Nut Producer Editor Matthew Malcolm met with APG’s VP of Global Marketing Scott Fryer to discuss pistachio export market trends and where they plan to market …

Meridian Growers Processing Brings on Cristian Lazcano as Inventory Specialist

Cristian Lazcano may be new to the tree nut industry, but he has more than 3 years’ experience managing inventory. He began in 2019 in sales, transitioned into logistics in 2020 before taking a position as the Director of Inventory Management in 2021. Cristian will be overseeing all of Meridian Growers Processing inventory, from the field all the way through …

Honey Bees at Risk for Colony Collapse from Longer, Warmer Fall Seasons

The famous work ethic of honey bees might spell disaster for these busy crop pollinators as the climate warms, new research indicates. Flying shortens the lives of bees, and worker honey bees will fly to find flowers whenever the weather is right, regardless of how much honey is already in the hive. Using climate and bee population models, researchers found …

Plant-Based Dairy Substitutes Demand Surges as Lactose Intolerance Rises in India

Amidst growing concerns over lactose intolerance and dairy allergies, India is witnessing a surge in demand for plant-based dairy substitutes. Despite challenges like low consumer awareness and higher costs, the country’s affluent middle class and environmentally conscious younger demographics are driving the adoption of plant-based food and beverages. This trend is poised to propel the Indian market for milk alternatives …

Buzzing Spring Pollinator Plays Significant Role in Almond Industry

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in collaboration with the Ecological Forestry Applications Research Centre in Spain and North Dakota State University, conducted a comparison of the physiological and molecular processes involved in the summer and winter dormancy of Osmia lignaria, also known as blue orchard bee or orchard mason bee. This analysis of gene expression is believed to be the …

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