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New Chair Introduced at American Pistachio Growers, and What to Expect at Annual Conference

Rich Kreps has just been announced as the new American Pistachio Growers Chairman of the Board. Watch this brief interview to learn more about Rich and what to expect at the 2024 American Pistachio Growers annual conference coming soon to Monterey, including some special keynote speakers. Learn more and register to attend the conference HERE.

Mitchell Keenan Promoted to Vice President of Keenan Farms

Keenan Farms, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Mitchell Keenan to Vice President of Keenan Farms. In his new capacity, Mitchell’s role will be expanded to overseeing all operations of the company, with particular emphasis on export sales. Since graduating from Fresno State with a degree in Agricultural Business, Mitchell has worked diligently at Keenan Farms, gaining experience …

Leadership Transition Planned for Administrative Committee for Pistachios

The Administrative Committee for Pistachios (ACP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Vasquez as the Executive Director of the ACP starting January 2024. Vasquez will succeed Bob Klein who has served in the lead staff role since June 2007. Klein plans to retire in April 2024 to ensure a smooth transition. Management of the California Pistachio Research Board …

New Invasive Pest Threatens Western Tree Nut Industry

Western tree nut commodities just got through a very tough season, and markets are still less than ideal.  The last thing growers want to hear about is a new pest threatening their orchard production.  But the Carpophilus Beetle has already been under the radar far too long, damaging Central Valley orchards under the guise of “Navel Orangeworm.”  Watch this brief video with …

American Pistachio Growers Awarded $5 Million Healthy Soils Grant

American Pistachio Growers (APG) has been awarded a $5 million grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to help growers adopt healthy soils practices in the Golden State.  The grant is a part of the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments that promotes the development of healthy soils on California’s farmlands and ranchlands. …

Scott Fryer Joins American Pistachio Growers as VP of Global Marketing

Scott Fryer, with more than a decade of experience in the food marketing sector, has joined American Pistachio Growers as Vice President of Global Marketing. Fryer will lead APG’s initiatives to expand consumption of American-grown pistachios in the U.S. and abroad. Before joining APG, Fryer served five years as Marketing Innovation Director for Sun-Maid  Growers in Fresno where he directed the …

Turkey Expects Lower Pistachio & Hazelnut Crop This Year

The “off-year” for production will push Turkey’s pistachio production lower in Marketing Year (MY) 2023/24. The production of almonds and walnuts is forecast slightly higher but hazelnut production is expected to go down. Even though domestic tree nuts production continues to grow, Turkey is projected to import sizeable volumes of almonds and walnuts in MY 2023/24 to meet steady consumer demand. …

China Forecast on Tree Nut Production and Imports

The USDA FAS (Foreign Ag Service) stationed in China forecasts commercial production of in-shell walnuts to remain unchanged from the previous year at 1.4 MMT (Metric Tons) in MY (Market Year) 2023/24. Cold winter temperatures in Xinjiang damaged the almond crop this year. FAS China forecasts almond production will drop sharply to 5,000 MT. Despite a slowed economy, solid demand and abundant …

IKD Concern for Golden Hills Pistachio Variety

Internal Kernel Discoloration (IKD) is a recent cosmetic concern discovered in the Golden and Lost Hills varieties of pistachios, which now make up about half of the total planted acreage of California pistachios.  While IKD is only noticeable inside the kernel and does not alter the flavor of the nut and is of no food safety concern, USDA Specialty Crops …

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