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How US Pistachio Shipments are Keeping Up After Record Crop

After bringing in a record billion pound pistachio crop amidst a global pandemic and a continued international trade dispute, growers may be concerned about the global market for pistachios and whether shipments are keeping up with the increased supply.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian, President of American Pistachio Growers, as he shares some optimism in that regard, and …

California Walnut Board Seeking Grower Candidates

The California Walnut Board (CWB) will be conducting its biennial election of walnut growers and handlers statewide to serve as members and alternates for the next two-year term beginning on September 1, 2021 and ending on August 31, 2023. Walnut growers are eligible to petition the California Walnut Board to have the name of their candidate included on the 2021 …

Shopper Research Data Shows Increased Purchase of Fresh Grapes

Findings from a recent consumer research study that gathered insights on purchase, consumption, and shopping behaviors among U.S. primary shoppers ages 25 to 73 were released today by the California Table Grape Commission. Among the key findings:   46% of primary shoppers consider fresh grapes to be a staple in their household, increased from 32% in 2019. Another 35% report that grapes …

Nearly 70% of Essential Sonoma Co. Ag Workers Vaccinated

As efforts to vaccinate essential agricultural and production workers struggle to proceed throughout California and the nation, Sonoma County’s farmers, vintners and health communities have been successfully partnering to get thousands of COVID-19 vaccination doses to these essential workers throughout the region. Now entering its 5th week of operation, the program has already vaccinated and scheduled vaccination appointments for more …

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Pecan Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board under the newly established Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order. Nominations are due by March 26, 2021. The 17-member board will consist of 10 producers and seven importers. The 10 producer members will be allocated between three regions within the United …

New Gov’t Relations Director at American Pistachio Growers

American Pistachio Growers (APG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Cadee Condit as their new Director of Government Relations. Cadee has two decades of experience in governmental public affairs, an extensive vision in achieving strategic objectives in complex political landscapes, and broad collaboration across a spectrum of business, trade associations and community organizations. APG President Richard Matoian noted, “Cadee comes …

Almond Board of CA Announces 2021 Election

The Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors election for the 2021-2022 crop year has begun. There are two independent grower member positions and two independent grower alternate positions available on the ABC Board of Directors. To be considered for these positions, each candidate must be a grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent …

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 …

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