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Episode 34: Industry Perspectives About 2023 and Beyond

Almond Journey Podcast host Tim Hammerich got a chance to sit down with industry members at The Almond Conference 2022, and this is what they said about the state of the almond industry.


In this episode of the Almond Journey Podcast, we sit down with nine different almond industry leaders to hear about their hopes for 2023 and beyond. This group shares an acknowledgment of the current challenges, but also optimism for the future ahead for almonds.

Our guests include:

  • Richard Waycott, Almond Board of California president and CEO
  • Dick Cunningham, grower and Almond Alliance board member
  • Monish Seth, president and owner of Farmers International in Chico
  • Robert Holterman, fourth-generation almond grower
  • Bikram Hundal, manager of Custom Almonds
  • Jonnalee Dunn, almond grower and growth and development manager for Henderson Farms
  • Keith Yamamoto, third-generation almond grower
  • Ted Reimers, grower and vice president at American Ag Credit
  • Brian Ezell, vice president of the almond division for Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios
If anybody's gonna win, we're gonna win in this deal. Is it gonna be painful in the short term? Yes, it's already there. But I don't see how you have any choice but to be optimistic. Otherwise, people will just start giving up and I've never seen this industry be willing to give up before.
Brian Ezell

In Today’s episode:

  • Reflect on the 2022 almond industry with some of the leading industry stakeholders
  • Discover what is keeping people throughout the industry resilient and optimistic about the future ahead
  • Hear nine different perspectives about the current state of the almond industry

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.

ABC recognizes the diverse makeup of the California almond industry and values contributions offered by its growers, handlers, and allied industry members. However, the opinions, services and products discussed in existing and future podcast episodes are by no means an endorsement or recommendation from ABC. The Almond Journey podcast is not an appropriate venue to express opinions on national, state, local or industry politics. As a Federal Marketing Order, the Almond Board of California is prohibited from lobbying or advocating on legislative issues, as well as setting field and market prices.