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Evie Smith, New UCCE Staff Research Associate in Orchard Crop Systems

Have you had a chance to meet Evie Smith, one of our new Staff Research Associates with the UC Cooperative Extension? Watch her brief introduction here to learn about her and the almond, walnut and prune projects she is working on with Sacramento Valley farm advisors. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Avoiding Issues with MRL-Based Almond Rejections

The European Union represents the California almond industry’s top export market; however, they also maintain the strictest standards regarding maximum residue levels (MRLs) for toxins of any kind. Herbicide residues have been the source for some recent MRL rejections, but how are they getting on the nuts?  Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California …

Leaffooted Bug Pressure Increases in California Almonds

Navel Orangeworm is not the only major pest of California almonds. Leaffooted bug damage is also leading to crop rejections, and unfortunately, growers do not have a lot of tools for managing this pest. Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California as he explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

A Word of Caution for Navel Orangeworm Winter Orchard Sanitation

As almond growers diligently begin their Navel Orangeworm winter sanitation and “Mummy Shakes” as the Almond Board of California puts it, Modesto grower Bill Brush shares concerns about caring for young almond trees amidst these sanitation efforts. Watch this brief interview with Bill and read more about almond orchard practices in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

Assemblyman Adam Gray Addresses Dire Need for Action on Improving, Increasing CA Water Infrastructure

As drought conditions worsen in California and water curtailments cause prime farmland to run dry, many wonder how long agriculture will have to suffer the consequences of decades of government neglect to water storage/infrastructure needs.  Watch this brief interview with California State Assembly member Adam Gray as he shares his perspective and priorities in regards to the situation. Please thank …

Port Congestion Limits Tree Nut Exports at Harvest

Water infrastructure is not the only critical issue California needs to invest more in; since the onset of the pandemic, the west coast ports have been overtasked and are in dire need of attention.  Watch this brief interview with Jim Zion from the Agricultural Trade Advisory Council as he explains the issue and its impact on agricultural exports. Please thank …

Opportunities for Almond Hulls in Asian Feed Markets

The California almond industry has grown tremendously in recent years, and so has the supply of almond byproducts such as hulls and shells.  While industry groups and companies are working to expand the consumer markets internationally for California almonds, some are also at work striving to expand the value and uses for almond byproducts. Almond hulls have commonly been used …

Top Costly Legal Issues Ag Employers can Prevent

At the Annual Convention of the Almond Alliance of California, Stacy Henderson, Almond Alliance’s go-to attorney for ag labor law, shared some of the top costly mistakes ag employers should know about that can be prevented. Watch this brief video with Stacy as she explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

CA Farm Water Crisis – The Big Picture with Aubrey Bettencourt

California farmers were already in a tight water supply situation before this dry year began. With water curtailments, SGMA implementation, settlement agreements and little progress in water infrastructure improvements, farmers have a lot of concerns regarding the future of their livelihoods. Watch this brief video with Aubrey Bettencourt as she provides the big picture of where agriculture currently stands in …

Upcoming Legislation on Product Packaging Concerns California Farmers

As if transportation issues and port congestion weren’t challenging enough for California agriculture and other industries, further legislation to regulate the type of packaging producers can use to ship their products is pending state approval. Watch this brief video with Almond Alliance of California’s lobbyist Dennis Albiani how this will impact agriculture, and read more about it in Pacific Nut …

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