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Walnut Production & Consumption in Ukraine Falling

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (Post) forecasts Ukraine’s walnut production at 106,500 metric tons for marketing year (MY) 2023/24, similar to MY2022/23. Production fell in 2022 because some production areas are currently in occupied territory at the time of the report writing. Exports are slow, plagued by quality issues, constrained logistics because of armed conflict, and growing competition in international markets. …

Meal Period Violations, Farm Employers Beware

Meal break violations are an open door for Class Action & PAGA lawsuits that farmers have been getting impacted by, according to longtime ag labor and employment attorney Ron Barsamian.  Watch this video interview with Ron as he shares what farm employers can do to maintain better records and avoid the costly losses involved in such litigation. Please thank this …

Varroa Mites and Deformed Wing Virus Make Honeybees More Susceptible to Insecticides

Controlling for Varroa mites, the parasitic mites that feed on honey bees and serve as vectors for viral diseases like deformed wing virus (DWV), can help with improving honeybee populations and make bees less susceptible to harmful insecticides, according to a recent study published in Environmental Pollution. Foraging honey bees may be directly exposed to toxic insecticide sprays in the field or exposure may come …

Almond Board Simplifies CASP Process for Growers

A valuable industry assessment program has been streamlined to make it easier for almond growers to enter and update data. Changes to the CASP program – which now stands for the California Almond Stewardship Platform – were announced in December at The Almond Conference 2022 and came after feedback from some growers about the length of time it often took …

Jimi Valov Honored as Tulare County Agriculturalist of the Year

Jimi Valov, a man known as much for his generosity as his farming acumen, is Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Agriculturalist of the Year. Valov, of Tulare, is a grower of pistachios, almonds, alfalfa and grain on 1,800 acres spread throughout Tulare, Kings and Kern counties. Forty years ago, he was one of the first farmers to plant pistachio trees in …

California Almonds Take Over Mexico City

Mexico is one of ten markets in the Almond Board of California’s (ABC) diversified portfolio of countries focused on building global demand for California almonds. ABC marketing initiatives in Mexico began in 2018 and ABC is optimistic about the continued growth potential in the market with consumers looking for healthy food options. Position report numbers for the region strengthens that …

India Will Eliminate Twenty Percent Retaliatory Tariff on US Walnuts

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s announcement today that India agreed to remove retaliatory tariffs on walnuts, as well as additional US products, is welcome news.  Trade representatives from the United States and India have been working together on a package of trade deliverables announced today during this week’s visit of India’s Prime Minister Modi for meetings with President Biden …

Governor Newsom Unveils Infrastructure Package to Secure California’s Global Leadership and Promote Economic Prosperity

Urgent action is required to maintain California’s position as a global socio-economic leader. Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled a comprehensive Infrastructure Package designed to address critical challenges, including meeting climate goals, improving the electric grid, enhancing water resilience, and modernizing transportation infrastructure. The Infrastructure Package is not merely about building infrastructure; it is about fostering progress and economic prosperity in …

California Almond Shipments Make Record Comeback

Following record production years, pandemic and logistical issues slowed California almond shipments considerably, creating record carryover inventory and pricing issues for the industry.  Coming off a shorter crop year in 2022 and what appears to be another short crop in 2023, almond growers are hoping to see prices moving up again.  Watch this brief interview with Almond Board of California …

California Walnut Grower Fallows Land for Water Recharge Purposes

Watch this brief video with Chowchilla walnut grower Mark Hutson who chose to fallow some of his land for groundwater recharge purposes last year, not knowing that he’d be able to put it to use so soon with the tremendous storm systems that came through this past winter and spring.  Learn about his experience in utilizing NRCS grant funding to …

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