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2023 California Walnut Industry Crop Estimate Released

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) official walnut industry crop estimate provides the California walnut industry with crucial information to support an orderly sales process. Using scientific methodologies, USDA field staff counted, measured, weighed and evaluated thousands of walnuts from major growing regions in July and August for use in a statistical acreage model to establish the annual walnut crop estimate. …

Growers Optimistic about Pre-Season 2023 California Walnut Outlook

What a difference a year makes! The California walnut industry is gearing up for a stellar 2023 harvest and shipping season after several years of drought, record low grower returns, COVID disrupted markets with supply chain challenges and a devastating heat wave in September 2022 that negatively impacted the entire crop. Here’s why this season is lining up to be …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Young Farmers & Ranchers Program Develops Future Leaders

The California Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program is designed to identify, grow and develop young Farm Bureau members and provide them with opportunities and experiences to help them become effective leaders in the agriculture community. But when Jocelyn Anderson, a fourth-generation almond and walnut grower from Willows joined the state YF&R Committee in 2018, little did she …

Diamond Foods Debuts the Reimagined Harmony®, 50-Year-Old Santa Cruz Trail Mix Brand

Diamond Foods, packaged goods parent company for brands like Diamond of California®, announces today the relaunch of Harmony®, a 50-year-old Santa Cruz trail mix brand founded by two surfers who made a delicious portable snack of nuts and dried fruit so they never missed the next big wave. The brand is back and better than ever with a fresh look …

Shaping the Future of California Walnuts Starts Now

Op-Ed by Robert Verloop, Executive Director and CEO, California Walnut Board/Commission — The California Walnut Board and Commission are asking for industry involvement through participation in elections and weighing in on the strategic planning process. The California walnut industry is facing some of its greatest challenges, from rising costs and a maturing market to global competition, the effects of drought/heatwave …

Relief Programs Now Available to Walnut Growers

In this video, Joshua Rahm from the California Walnut Commission shares details on some new and upcoming government programs to aid walnut growers amidst these difficult times — some of which growers can act on now.  So watch this video now and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

State of the Walnut Industry & Future Prospects with Robert Verloop

There is no question, the California walnut industry is navigating through some challenging times, but hope is on the horizon. Bringing a fresh perspective to the industry is Robert Verloop, the new CEO of the California Walnut Board & Commission.  Watch this brief interview based on his first State of the Walnut Industry address at the recent Tree & Vine …

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