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Episode 11: Reviewing Cover Crop Programs with Growers Samantha Lopes and Kris Melgard

Two operations that have taken advantage of the Bee+ Scholarship and Seeds for Bees program talk about their experiences with cover crops in the latest episode of the Almond Journey Podcast.


Almond Journey Podcast

In this episode, we discuss the Seeds for Bees Program with two growers who have taken advantage of this resource.  Samantha Lopes, Operations Support Manager for Farmland Management Services, and Turlock almond grower Kris Melgard discuss their involvement in the program, why they wanted to try cover crops, what results they are seeing so far, what they’ve learned and whether they might recommend the program to other almond growers.

I work with the farm managers. We're both in nature and part of it, we depend on it and it depends on us. And so I think our goal is to improve the long-term soil health and biodiversity through our practices. This is just a simple practice that allows us to do it.
Samantha Lopes
In Today’s episode:
  • Meet Samantha Lopes, operations support manager for Farmland Management Services and Turlock almond grower Kris Melgard.
  • Discover the Seeds for Bees Program and learn about the advantages and support it offers.
  • Learn about the benefits cover crops offer to almond producers beyond supporting and encouraging the bee population.
ABC Update

Josette Lewis, Almond Board chief scientific officer, joins us to discuss the many programs offered to support bee-friendly initiatives. She said some companies are even willing to pay premiums for Bee Friendly Farming certified almonds. No matter what your motivations are, the Bee+ scholarship was created by the Almond Board to get the word out about these opportunities. Wondering if cover crops might work for your operation? The Almond Board of California’s new Cover Crop Best Management Practices is a great place to start.

You see all these flowers (in the cover crops) and then the trees are blooming at the same time. It makes everything worth it when everything comes together like that. So 100% worth it in my opinion.
Kris Melgard

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The Almond Journey Podcast is brought to you by the Almond Board of California. This show explores how growers, handlers, and other stakeholders are making things work in their operations to drive the almond industry forward. Host Tim Hammerich visits with leaders throughout the Central Valley of California and beyond who are finding innovative ways to improve their operations, connect with their communities, and advance the almond industry.

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