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Tree & Vine Expo

Save the date, Tuesday, November 9th for the annual Tree & Vine Expo held back in a live in-person format this year.  Held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, in Turlock, CA, heart of North Valley wine grape, tree nut and fruit country, it is the ultimate postharvest industry gathering place for regional grape, nut & tree fruit growers and crop …

39th Annual Almond Alliance Convention

The Almond Alliance of California is proud to be celebrating our 39th Annual Convention. This grand event will be held May 24 – 27, 2021 at the world-renowned Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. “All In 2021” is the theme of this year’s convention with the goal of providing dynamic and engaging presentations, interactive networking opportunities, and an …

Alternative to Ag Open Burning Incentive Program

Almond Alliance of California – The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Air District) is accepting applications for the Alternative to Agricultural Open Burning Incentive Pilot Program. This program provides incentives to commercial agricultural operations located within Air District boundaries to chip or shred agricultural material from orchard and vineyard removals and use for soil incorporation or land application …

CA Fish & Game Commission Decision on Appealing the Court’s Decision on Enlisting Bumble Bees Under the CA Endangered Species Act

Almond Alliance of California — On January 12th the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) met to consider rescinding the decision they made at the June 12, 2019 meeting acting on the petition to determine whether listing Crotch bumble bee (Bombus crotchii), Franklin’s bumble bee (Bombus franklini), Suckley cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus suckleyi), and western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) as endangered …

Vaccination Update for Agriculture Workers

The Almond Alliance has been in touch with County Health Officers about the number of vaccinations available in each county and to gather information on how the vaccinations are being distributed.  As you have heard and read, the process of vaccination has differed in each region and in many cases has been confusing. Vaccinations are being distributed categorically as defined …

State Farm Service Agency Director named Almond Champion of the Year

Connie Conway, Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California, has been honored as the Almond Alliance of California’s 2020 Almond Champion of the Year for the agency’s outstanding efforts in assisting almond growers with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP.) The Almond Champion of the Year Award is presented annually to those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in …

New Resources Available on Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Regulations

Almond Alliance of California — On November 19, 2020, the California Occupational Health & Safety Standards Board unanimously adopted 21 pages of emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations. The Regulations are broad. They apply to all employees and places of employment except:  Those places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with others. Employees working from home.  …

Industry Input Needed: Aluminum Phosphide, Magnesium Phosphide & Phosphine Proposed US EPA Interim Registration Review Decision

In September of 2020, the US EPA released their Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision on Aluminum Phosphide, Magnesium Phosphide, and Phosphine. There is a 60-day comment period on this decision with a deadline of Tuesday, December 22, 2020. In the review, the EPA has proposed mandatory buffer zones based on computer modeling. The proposed actions for phosphine and the metal …

CA Court Rules Insects Not Protected by Endangered Species Act

The California Superior Court in Sacramento has ruled the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) does not cover insects and that bees cannot be classified as fish. The Court issued its final ruling on Nov. 19, 2020. The Almond Alliance of California, in collaboration with seven other agricultural groups, filed suit with California Fish and Game Commission in response to a …

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