Water and its efficient use in almond production topped discussion at the 12th annual Almond Board Environmental Stewardship Tour on May 8 in Firebaugh, CA. Dozens of representatives from the media and state, federal and local regulatory agencies that oversee pesticides, water and air quality toured Bill Diedrich Farms and San Luis Water District to see first-hand the impact this fourth year of drought is having on area almond growers and how growers like fifth-generation farmer Dennis Jizmejian are working to efficiently manage water and continue to grow almonds sustainably1.
Sabrina Hill of AgNet West captured in her blog and article covering the event the complex decisions that thoughtful growers make on a day to day basis.
From The Golden West blog post - http://fromthegoldenwest.com/2015/05/18/a-walk-to-remember-through-an-almond-orchard/
AgNet West article - http://agnetwest.com/2015/05/14/almond-update-almond-sustainability-tour/
1. Sustainable almond farming utilizes production practices that are economically viable and are based upon scientific research, common sense and a respect for the environment, neighbors and employees. The result is a plentiful, nutritious, safe food product.