This year’s theme for Earth Day was Trees for the Earth; an ideal platform to highlight how almond trees and the farmers who grow them are an important part of achieving a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet because they help combat climate change, clean the air and help local communities.
Let your growers know about the Weed ID and Management for Almond Growers workshops, coming up May 10, 11 and 12. These workshops will increase growers’ ability to identify weeds and manage them, including weeds with resistance issues.
Save the date — June 16 — for the Almond Board of California Annual Food Quality and Safety Symposium, to be held this year at a new venue, the Seasons McHenry Event Center in Modesto.
Under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), key personnel in charge of managing the food safety plan at a food processor must be a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).”
I had reason to ‘round-trip’ from Modesto to Los Angeles twice during the past 10 days. My route of choice is Hwy. 99 as it offers cheaper gas alternatives, a taco truck at almost every exit, and the occasional third lane where trucks and cars can reposition themselves in the pursuit of exceeding the speed limit and not getting caught.
The Republic of Korea, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), has implemented a Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Foods.
Conducted in partnership with University of California weed specialists and staff, these in-the-field workshops present a unique opportunity for your growers and their PCAs to refine their weed identification skills, match the latest management strategies and tactics with species present and resistance concerns, and review cost-effective practices for monitoring and recordkeeping.
The Almond Conference, in its 44th year, will take place Dec. 6–8 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration for The Almond Conference is free and open to all almond industry professionals, starting June 1, 2016.
The Almond Board’s Global Technical and Regulatory Affairs educational series, “Key Issues and Fast Facts,” continues with a webinar on water rights, open to all interested parties.
The FDA is hosting a public meeting in Maryland and via live Webcast to discuss import safety regulations and programs on March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.