Economics

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, …

USDA’s McKinney Leads Mission to Tap Trade Opportunities in Vietnam

When Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney leads a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to Vietnam Oct. 15-18, he’ll be accompanied by nearly 80 industry and government representatives seeking to expand agricultural exports to one of the fastest-growing regions of the world. The mission will be based in Ho Chi Minh City, and will also …

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 …

Often Overlooked Legal Employee Reimbursement Requirements (Farm Liability Series Part 3 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 that …

Friant Water Authority Shares Blueprint to Save Central Valley Farmland & Water

With the tasking demands of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act coming down on California farmers, a considerable amount of farmland will have to be retired and will have a severe economic impact on the Central Valley.  But there has to be a way to meet the demands of the state without devastating our farming communities.  Watch this brief interview with Friant …

Oregon Hazelnut Growers Anticipate Largest Crop Ever

As the hazelnut industry continues to grow in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon growers are expecting a record breaking crop this year, as shared by Larry George of George Packing Company at the Annual Summer Tour of the Nut Growers Society recently held in Albany, Oregon.  Watch this brief interview with Larry as he provides some special insights on the developing …

Farmer Member on CA Water Resources Control Board Urges Farmers

Although the California Water Resources Control Board may not be terribly popular amidst local farming communities due to recent actions that have not been in the best interests of agriculture, what you may not know is that there are farmers that sit on this board, including Dorene D’Adamo.  Watch this brief interview with Dorene as she explains that it will …

Current Status of CA Groundwater Sustainability Agencies – Deadline Approaching

The California State Water Resources Control Board is getting ready to crack down on farmers for their increased use of groundwater unless their local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies can come up with a sustainable plan that will not overdraft local groundwater resources.  Watch this brief interview with Taryn Ravazzini from the California Department of Water Resources as she shares a progress …

US Pistachio Shipments Remain Strong Despite Increased Tariffs

Despite the recent increased tariffs slapped onto US pistachios in the midst of an international trade war, consumers worldwide just can’t get enough of them.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian from American Pistachio Growers and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery and attend one of their upcoming Bennett Hickman …

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