Economics

Reinforcing Buy American Food Act in California School Districts

Finding that California school districts have not been following the Buy American Act regarding food purchases, Ag Council of California sponsored legislation to reinforce the provision with successful results.  Watch this brief interview with Emily Rooney, President of Ag Council, for more details and how this will support California agriculture and the local economy. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Almond Board Drives Global Demand for CA Almonds with New Focus

Meeting with the Chair of the Almond Board of California, watch this brief interview with Alexi Rodriguez as she shares what they are doing to grow the worldwide demand for California almonds. Read more about it in the December issue of Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Almond Board Progress in Overcoming Global Trade Barriers

The California almond industry relies heavily on the export market, and navigating logistical challenges and trade barriers has become quite complicated in recent years.  Watch this brief interview with Julie Adams from the Almond Board of California as she shares their role and progress in keeping the exports flowing. Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank …

Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors Selects Kai Bockmann as Next CEO

Blue Diamond Growers Chairman of the Board, Dan Cummings, announced that Kai Bockmann will join the agricultural cooperative and global consumer packaged goods (CPG) leader as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on January 17, 2023. The Board selected Bockmann after working with executive search and leadership advisory firm, Egon Zehnder, to recruit and consider candidates from across the country. …

State of the Almond Industry Emphasizes Tough Times with Turnaround in Sight

After undoubtedly one of the most difficult years almond growers have faced in decades, Almond Board of California (ABC) president and CEO, Richard Waycott, and Board of Directors chair, Alexi Rodriguez, discussed the reality of current industry challenges, while offering hope and a plan of action during the State of the Almond Industry presentation at the 50th annual Almond Conference. …

Groundwater Sustainably and Protection of Vulnerable Domestic Wells

The California Department of Water Resources, Western United Dairies Foundation, Almond Alliance, Self-Help Enterprises, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers have introduced LandFlex. This solutions-based program assists vulnerable communities in solving the groundwater crisis related to the drought by protecting domestic wells through preventative fallowing, relieving supply pressures, and providing water supply certainty to critically over-drafted basins. “Farmers, underrepresented …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Blue Diamond Growers Annual Meeting Highlights Record Profitability

At the 112th Blue Diamond Growers Annual Meeting held mid-November in Modesto, CA, Blue Diamond Growers President and CEO, Mark Jansen, highlighted the accomplishments of the past year, while recognizing remarkable headwinds the cooperative tackled through creative solutions, strategic partnerships, and world-class innovation. “Although 2022 was marked by supply chain disruptions, the ongoing COVID-19 impact, and a continuing drought, we still fulfilled our …

Attention Oregon Hazelnut Growers: 2022 Ag Census Now Underway

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed an invitation to all known agriculture producers across Oregon and the nation to respond online to the 2022 Census of Agriculture at agcounts.usda.gov. By completing the survey, Oregon producers can tell their story and help generate opportunities that better serve current and future generations of farmers. The 2022 Census of Agriculture …

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