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GroPro Appoints Benito Varela as Chief Operating Officer

GroPro Corp. announced that veteran agriculture industry executive Benito Varela joined the team as the new Chief Operating Officer on July 1. Varela has almost 30 years of experience in agribusiness, including 25 years at Dow Agrosciences. A driven executive with broad-based expertise in leading effective strategy, Benito has a strong background in biotech as well as international territory management, market …

Winter Honey Bees Show Resistance to a Common Insecticide

Winter honey bees, compared to newly emerged summer bees, have a better ability to withstand the harmful effects of a widely-used insecticide in pest management, according to a recent study published in Apidologie. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers from the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, found winter honey bees’ consumption of a nearly lethal, imidacloprid-laced syrup did …

Top 5 Things to Consider at Almond Hullsplit

Hullsplit is a time when growers’ various orchard practices – proper irrigation, nutrient management, pest control and orchard monitoring – come together in an effort to maximize almond quality and yield. To assist during this busy season, we’ve pulled together a list of the top five things you should consider before hullsplit. 1. Measuring Hullsplit Progress Proper detection is the …

Almonds Prove Indispensable to New Product Innovation

Almond Board of California — For the sixteenth consecutive year, almonds are the top nut in global new product development according to Global New Products data from Innova Market Insights, having been first recognized as the number one nut globally in 2006. With more forms than any other tree nut, almonds’ versatile taste, texture and health claim benefits align to …

Students Learn About Commodities Grown Almost Exclusively in the Golden State

California’s farmers grow more than 400 commodities each year, making the state the nation’s breadbasket. And for 36 years, the nonprofit California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has been educating students around the state that the nutritious and tasty fruits and vegetables they eat don’t just come from the supermarket. During the past school year, Executive Director Judy Culbertson …

Fun Facts About Bees & Almonds

Almond Board of California — Honey bees and almonds form a partnership designed by nature. They both evolved in the same Mediterranean region and help each other prosper. Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we consume, beyond just almonds. Just like almonds are a nutritious snack for us, almond pollen is very nutritious for honey …

Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Wins Good Housekeeping 2022 Healthy Snack Award

Wonderful Pistachios No Shells is thrilled to announce the latest awards received for two of its No Shells flavors, BBQ and Chili Roasted. Both No Shells flavors have both been selected as a Good Housekeeping 2022 Healthy Snack Awards winner. As the highest protein snack nut, Wonderful Pistachios contain six grams of protein per serving and are a healthy way to fuel, with zero guilt. Wonderful Pistachios No Shells BBQ – Savor the taste …

NASS Updates Almond Forecast, Smaller 2022 Crop

The 2022 California Almond Objective Measurement Report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2022 will come in at 2.6 billion meat pounds, 11 percent below last year’s 2.9 billion pounds. The estimate is down 7 percent from NASS’s subjective forecast in May and comes in a complicated year. …

Japan to Require Allergy Labeling for Walnuts

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) will add walnuts to list of allergens that product manufacturers and importers must include on the label of packaged products containing walnuts. Currently, CAA strongly recommends including walnuts on the label, but does not require their inclusion. CAA will hold a public comment period prior to making this modification to the Food Labeling Standards, but …

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