Almond Board Chair Mike Mason tells state ag board growers are water efficient

Mike Mason, chairman of the Almond Board of California, spoke last week at a public meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture this week to share an almond grower’s perspective on the drought and discuss steps the… Read more

Almond Growers Talk About Farming During Drought

MSNBC ran a great segment this weekend about some of the challenges almond growers face while farming during drought, as well as some of the innovative technology they’re using to precisely monitor and irrigate exactly according to needs. … Read more

Almonds: A “three-for-one”

Millions of people love the almond for its great taste and nutrition. Fewer people know that almond farmers actually produce three crops in one. While the kernel is the most recognizable product of the almond tree, almond farmers don't let… Read more

How Little Bees Win When Leaders Come Together

Almond orchards have transitioned from delicate white blooms to vibrant green leaves.  Honey bees, busy of course, have moved on to do their job in berries, cherries, citrus, melons, and the more than 90 different blossoming crops… Read more

Almonds and Water 101

Today, the California Water Resources Control Board is expected to adopt regulations implementing Governor Brown’s orders to cut water usage.  The restrictions are historic and serious, and it’s no surprise they’ve sparked significant… Read more

Karen Ross, Secretary of Food & Agriculture Weighs in on the Drought

A few days ago, the Modesto Bee ran an op-ed penned by Karen Ross, California’s Secretary of Food & Agriculture, raising concerns about the tone and accusations being made about agricultural water use during the drought. We… Read more

Seven Ways Almonds Provide Value for Californians

If you’ve been following the media conversation about California’s drought recently, you’ve probably seen discussion about how much water agriculture – and almonds specifically – use. One thing you don’t see as much of, though, is… Read more

2014 NASS Almond Acreage Survey

Today, the National Agricultural Statistical Survey from the USDA reported an increase in almond acreage. From the outside looking in, increasing acreage may seem counterintuitive to the current drought challenges facing our state. There… Read more

LA Times Meets Almond Growers, Corrects “Profoundly Misleading” Coverage

In her April 16 commentary, Los Angeles Times writer Robin Abcarian pushed back hard against the wave of California drought media reports unfairly and incorrectly targeting almonds. Her article headlined “Almonds, the demon of… Read more

The Water (Research) Pipeline

For almond growers, responsible stewardship of the environment is an everyday consideration, but since today is Earth Day, it’s a chance to step back and reflect a bit on where we are today and where we’re going. With California in the… Read more