Almonds

How to Achieve Zero Waste — Almond Orchard 2025 Goals

There are byproducts in any industry; but is it possible to eliminate waste and make use of it all?  The Almond Board of California believes so, and growers are working together to achieve this by 2025.  But how does this work at the grower level.  Watch this brief interview with local almond grower Christine Gemperle as she shared her experience …

California Almond Harvest Update with Blue Diamond Growers

California almond harvest is almost complete for the 2019 crop. Growers have enjoyed a nice harvest season with minimal pest damage, but what can we expect this year as far as crop size and quality?  Watch this brief interview with Blue Diamond Growers’ Mel Machado, and don’t miss the annual State of the Almond Industry address at the Tree & …

EU Once Again Largest Importer of California Tree Nuts: USDA-FAS Report

Last year, the European Union-28 (EU-28) was once again the largest export market for U.S. tree nuts. In 2018, U.S. shipments of tree nuts to the EU-28 reached $2.8 billion. U.S. almond sales (both in-shell and shelled) totaled $1.6 billion, followed by pistachios with $516 million, and walnuts with almost $344 million. The growing popularity of healthy snacking, higher incomes, …

California Almond Growers Vote to Continue Almond Board of California

The Almond Board of California (ABC) is pleased to announce that California almond growers recently voted to continue their almond federal marketing order program for five more years. The vote, held from August 5-16, 2019, resulted with 95 percent of eligible growers who voted, and 97 percent of the volume represented by those voting in the referendum, favoring continuation of …

Want a Strong Start to the Crop Year? You Need To Mummy Shake

Even though growers are just completing this year’s harvest, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter sanitation. Winter is the time to remove and destroy mummy nuts that harbor navel orangeworm (NOW) larvae, which can hatch in the spring and wreak havoc in the orchard. By removing the nuts, growers are eliminating both a shelter and food source …

Seeds For Bees Deadline Approaching

Growers who would like to participate in the Seeds for Bees program have until Nov. 22, 2019 to submit their applications. Seeds for Bees is organized by Project Apis m. (PAm.), one of the nation’s leading honey bee research organizations. The program encourages the planting of bee forage as part of riparian areas or cover crops in and around California …

2019 Market Facilitation Program Workshops

USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is continuing for the second year, providing almond growers with an opportunity to apply for direct payments to help alleviate the damage resulting from the global trade situation. Unlike the 2018 program when payments were based on delivered pounds, the 2019 MFP program is based on bearing acreage. To learn more about the changes to …

Black Soldier Fly to Support Almond Industry

With a growing almond industry and an increasing supply of coproducts, such as hulls and shells, researchers are searching for new and resourceful ways of utilizing the extra material as an asset.  Breaking these coproducts down to a form that may be utilized back in the soil or as a feed supplement has been a challenge in the past; but …

Supporting Candidates that Support the Almond Industry

Dear Industry Partner: Agriculture, water, trade and pest management policy decisions directly impacting the California almond industry are decided every day in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Our industry continues to be in the national spotlight as elected officials debate issues regarding retaliatory tariffs, water, pest management and labor. In this unprecedented political climate, it is essential that the almond industry …

Employee Meal & Rest Period Violation Prevention (Farm Liability Series Part 1 of 3)

  Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations …

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