Almond Board of California is spreading holiday cheer this season with an Almond “Gingerbread” Farm House video.
In early December, the Almond Almanac was unveiled at The 2014 Almond Conference in Sacramento. The Almond Almanac is Almond Board of California’s annual report prepared on a crop-year basis, and includes comprehensive historical information about almond production, acreage and varieties, as well as shipment and market information.
This past spring, Almond Board of California engaged the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC) to measure and explain the enormous contributions that almonds make to California’s economy and the communities where they’re grown.
UC Davis professors Patrick Brown, Jan Hopmans and Ken Shackel, along with retired UC Cooperative Extension specialist Larry Schwankl, received the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award in November.
The USDA’s 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) provided significant funding for research including improved water use and food safety in almonds and other specialty crops.
A new study published in October in the British Journal of Nutrition found that participants who ate almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet improved certain factors associated with heart disease risk.
The primary pest in almonds, navel orangeworm (NOW), is a double threat to crop quality. In addition to the direct damage NOW causes the kernel, NOW damage can open the door to fungal infections and contaminants, particularly Aspergillus spp. and the aflatoxin contaminant it produces.
Now that the football season is in full swing, the Almond Board of California’s (ABC’s) North American team has been reaching out to fans to prevent “mindless munching” and instead encourage snacking smart with almonds.
Data on almond growers’ irrigation practices gleaned from the California Almond Sustainability1 Program’s (CASP) 2014 Almond Sustainability Report have helped shape the almond industry’s response to questions about almond water use during this drought year.
Almond Board of California has pulled together several facts and figures to better tell our industry’s story of water use to the outside world.

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