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Lessons Learned from Devastating Ice Storm Damage in Hazelnut

Just within the last twelve months, oregon hazelnut growers have weathered wildfires, ice storms and heat waves. While some have been more impacted than others, there are some important lessons to be learned to prepare for future disasters which inevitably will occur. Watch this brief interview with OSU Hazelnut Extension Specialist Nik Wiman as he explains, and read more about …

2021 Oregon Hazelnut Crop Forecast

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has cancelled the release of their 2021 hazelnut crop forecast this year due to a labor shortage.  So what can growers anticipate of this year’s Oregon hazelnut crop? Watch this brief interview with Shaun George & Sean Denfeld to find out, and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Don’t currently receive the …

New Director Leaders at the Almond Board of California

The new Board of Directors of the Almond Board of California (ABC) took their seats on Wednesday with five voting members – three of them new to the board – beginning new terms to help oversee ABC’s support of one of California’s most important agricultural crops. Board members, whose terms officially began Aug. 1, also elected Brian Wahlbrink as chair …

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 …

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