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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 …

UK Suspends Tariffs on All Raw Almonds Beginning April 11

Almond Board of California — The United Kingdom’s government announced it would suspend tariffs for at least two years on raw kernel and inshell almonds from all origins – including the U.S. – beginning April 11, 2024. The Almond Board of California has been working for many years with the UK’s Nut and Dried Fruit Trade Association (NDFTA), the group …

North San Joaquin Valley Issued ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating For Tree Nut Biomass

BEAM Circular, the Almond Board of California, Stanislaus County and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of a rare ‘AA’ rating to the North San Joaquin Valley Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone centered in Modesto, CA, North America’s first BDO Zone rating for Orchard Biomass, Nut Tree Shells and Almond Hulls. The North San Joaquin Valley BDO Zone investment grade rating denotes ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply …

Efficacy of a Hull Split Spray vs. Sanitation for NOW Control

Navel orangeworm (NOW) is most effectively controlled with the cultural practice of winter sanitation. Winter shaking almond trees to remove mummy nuts has proven to decrease next year’s NOW damage better than any other approach. The reason for this is clear. NOW overwinters as larvae in mummy nuts left in the tree after harvest and it is in these nuts the population …

Tulare County Sheriff and Congressional Candidate Addresses Tree Nut and Beehive Theft

As California almond orchards are coming to life again in beautiful bloom, most of the nation’s beehives have been strategically placed around orchards all over the state in hopes of a solid 2024 crop set.  Should growers be concerned about these hives disappearing overnight? Watch this brief interview Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux who addresses this, along with the historical …

New Almond Board CEO Shares Optimism for Future of Industry

At the recent Almond Board of California annual conference in Sacramento, growers, hullers and processors witnessed the passing the reigns from the former President Richard Waycott, to the new President and CEO Clarice Turner.  Watch this interview to learn more about Clarice Turner, as well as the experience and optimism for the future of the industry that she brings to …

Almond Board of California Announces 2024 Elections

Elections for the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors will launch for the 2024-2025 crop year on Friday, Feb. 9 with the call to all candidates to file their petitions or declarations of candidacy by April 1, 2024. The industry will choose people to hold two independent grower positions and two independent handler positions on the ABC Board …

EPA Approves Section 18 Emergency Registration for Kasugamycin on Almonds

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently accepted a Section 18 petition to allow the use of Kasumin 2L (kasugamycin) to control bacterial blast (Pseudomonas sp) in almonds. The registration allows up to two applications under anticipated cold or freezing conditions on almonds at a use rate of 64 fl. oz. per acre from February 2, 2024, through petal fall. Application …

Almond Board Announces Exceptional 2024 Almond Leadership Class

The Almond Board of California is proud to announce the Almond Leadership Program class of 2024, a group of 18 exceptional professionals expected to help lead the industry into the future. Bayer Crop Science has sponsored the Almond Leadership Program (ALP) for a number of years and is again the sponsor of this 2024 class of next-generation leaders who were chosen …

Cracking Open New Markets for California Almonds

USDA Foreign Ag Service — If you committed to eating healthier this new year, chances are you are not alone. New year resolutions focused on living a healthy lifestyle are some of the most common resolutions made throughout the world. Thankfully sticking to that new year resolution in 2024 just got easier for international consumers, thanks to increased exporting opportunities for …

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