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: January 2017

Continuing Education Drives Continuous Improvement in the Almond Community

Like any other profession, farmers need to stay up to date on the latest trends and newest technologies in their industry. This is the reason that for the past 44 years Almond Board of California (ABC) has hosted the Almond Conference , which was attended by over 3,000 members of the almond community this past year... Read more »

Almonds and Chocolate – A Perfect Pairing

From the chocolate hearts you receive on Valentine’s Day to Easter chocolate bunnies or Hanukkah gelt, chocolate is often tied to emotional and celebratory moments in our lives. It’s no surprise then that happiness is the top reason for eating more chocolate, followed by taste and stress reduction. 1 Did you know that... Read more »

Technology Revolutionizes Almond Processors and Their Communities

Almond Board of California is celebrating its community by running occasional features on farmers, processors, and others who support the industry, highlighting their commitment to sustainability. 1 As Rick Marcoux walks through the sterile, florescent-lit room filled with people in white caps and gowns, it isn’t hard... Read more »

Why is There a Federal Marketing Order for Almonds?

Almond growers banded together in 1950 and asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a Federal Marketing Order for California almonds. At the time, the focus was primarily on compliance issues and it was originally named the Almond Control Board. Later, in the 1970s, the name was changed to... Read more »

Sustainability: Not Just a Buzzword!

Sustainability 1 was the overarching theme at the annual Almond Conference in December, with sessions dedicated to continuous improvement — including how attendees can apply new, research-based growing practices to improve their operations while reducing their footprint. During Wednesday’s luncheon panel, Dr. Jeff... Read more »