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Trade Mitigation Funding for CA Walnut Export Market Development

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The California Walnut Commission has the opportunity to continue its efforts to expand export market development with the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP) and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). Through a competitive grant process, the CWC was awarded $4.1 million in MAP funds on February 6, 2019. The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) partners with U.S. …

FDA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for Almonds in Action Applauded by the Almond Alliance

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We have goods news on the FSMA front. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated the regulatory process to put almonds on the “rarely consumed raw” list.  After years of discussions with the Almond Alliance and the Almond Board of California as to why almonds should be on the “rarely consumed raw”  list given the self-imposed pasteurization rule, FDA …

Deciphering the Walnut Genome

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California produces 99 percent of the walnuts grown in the United States. New research could provide a major boost to the state’s growing $1.6 billion walnut industry by making it easier to breed walnut trees better equipped to combat the soil-borne pathogens that now plague many of California’s 4,800 growers. In a new study, a team of scientists at the University …

Future Industry Leaders Begin Yearlong Almond Experience: Almond Leadership Program Welcomes its 11th Class

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The Almond Board of California (ABC) today announced its 2019 Almond Leadership Program class. These 19 promising leaders represent diverse backgrounds across multiple industries, from almond growers, processors and food safety specialists to marketing experts, sales representatives and even a dentist who has a passion for farming. Almond Leadership Program participants will spend the next year growing in their roles …

USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

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California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains  California Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in …

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