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Dennis Glaser Hazelnut Grower of the Year

Dennis Glaser of Tangent was the recipient of the Nut Grower’s Society’s Grower of the Year Award for 2018 during its 104th Annual Meeting mid-January. The award is presented to a grower that has been a leader in the industry. Jason Perrott, NGS Vice President presented the award. He began with some history. Dennis’s roots are in farming. Before becoming …

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Gov’t Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, …

Understanding Coyotes & How to Manage/Deter Them

Once confined mostly to the Great Plains of North America, coyotes have spread across much of the continent, and can be a real threat and nuisance to farming communities. Check out this brief interview with USDA Wildlife Specialist Derek Milsaps, as he offers some recommendations on how to identify and deal with these pests. Read more about it in the …

Invasive Nutria Damages CA Waterways — Requesting Farmer Assistance!

Rodents of unusual size —California has got them! The new kid on the block is Nutria, a semiaquatic rodent, that has invaded California’s waterways, and is doing a lot of damage.  USDA is asking farmers for help in locating these pests to be removed. Derek Milsaps from USDA-APHIS presented some information on this pest at the Tree & Vine Expo …

Trade War Impact on CA Walnut Marketing & Government Aid

The California walnut industry relies heavily on the export market, and so does the focus of much of the efforts of the California Walnut Board and Commission in promoting the industry and building demand.  At Malcolm Media’s recent Tree & Vine Expo at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Claire Lee from the California Walnut Commission shared the current impact the international …

Building Demand for California Walnuts as Production Increases

With increasing production in the California walnut industry, and at the same time being faced with high tariffs in some of the key export markets, growers are much appreciative of the ongoing efforts of the California Walnut Board and Commission building demand for the crop, not only in the export market, but also right here in the States. Check out …

Using the Sun & Agricultural Waste to Control Pests

Biosolarization Shows Promise for Conventional & Organic Farmers By Diane Nelson ADVERTISEMENT Farmers spend a lot of time and money controlling weeds and other pests, and often have to turn to chemical fumigants to keep the most destructive pests at bay. Farmers also wrestle with what to do with low-value byproducts of crop production, such as skin, seeds and hulls …

USDA to Support Marketing of Record Breaking Pistachio Crop

If you missed Richard Matoian’s State of the Pistachio Industry Address at the Annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, be sure to check out his brief video interview as he shares where the industry currently stands in production and marketing trends.  He also discusses the impact of the international trade dispute and its impact on the pistachio industry, and …

International Trade Dispute May Open Doors for the Pacific Northwest Hazelnut Industry

Prior to the international trade disputations, China already had a tariff on US hazelnuts, making trade very difficult for Pacific Northwest hazelnut companies. Although this year’s series of events has thrown many other agricultural commodities under the bus as well, this is a great opportunity for the U.S. hazelnut industry to band together with other agricultural groups impact by Chinese …

Pros & Cons of Planting Hazelnuts on Berms

Planting a new hazelnut orchard? Consider planting on berms. Check out this brief video interview with Aaron Heinrich from Oregon State University who shares some of the pros and cons of berms for hazelnut growers. Read more about growing hazelnuts in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Don’t currently receive the magazine?  Don’t currently receive it? Subscribe for FREE today HereADVERTISEMENT

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