This year’s Almond Quality and Food Safety Symposium began with a new twist to the program: the first talk of the day was given by Richard Waycott, president and CEO of the Almond Board of California (ABC).
Monitoring for moisture in the soil and stress levels in the leaves can help almond growers determine the proper interval and duration of water applications for more efficient irrigation in variable environments.
In June, Growing Produce, the online presence of Western Fruit Grower magazine, published an article on the Almond Board’s Almond Leadership Program, informing its readers of the many benefits the yearlong program provides to participants, as well as helping to develop future leaders of the California Almond industry.
With harvest right around the corner, the Almond Board is hosting a "Managing Dust at Harvest" workshop on July 15 in Modesto. This event will cover dust reduction research and techniques, air quality regulations, funding opportunities and the latest almond harvest equipment.
The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force in May released its “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.”
The U.S. EPA has released a proposed rule banning the foliar application of compounds determined to be acutely toxic to bees during bloom in crops that rely on pollinator services.
After July 1 all applications of chlorpyrifos in California will require specific approval from the local county ag commissioner’s office.
When planning your irrigations this year, don't forget to consider irrigations after harvest.
Water and its efficient use in almonds topped discussion at the 12th annual Almond Board Environmental Stewardship Tour on May 8 in Firebaugh.
In last week's Almond Update, UC irrigation and water resources advisor, Allan Fulton, encouraged growers to employ strategic deficit irrigation (SDI) during hullsplit this year.

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