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Episode 39: The Business of Family Farming with Keith Yamamoto


Third-generation farmer Keith Yamamoto and his family farm a variety of crops including almonds in Westley, California. Diversification in crops, markets and approaches has been an important part of the Yamamoto family’s business strategy. Yamamoto joined the Journey to share how he found his role in the family operation and how he looks at risk management, growth, and value-added opportunities.

My dad had a saying I remember from when I was a little kid, ‘You have to farm like you're going to farm forever, or you need to get out of farming.’ Because if you're trying to do things from a short-term perspective, well that's when you go downhill really fast.
Keith Yamamoto

In Today’s episode:

  • Meet third-generation farmer and almond producer Keith Yamamoto from Westley, California
  • Explore how he found and cultivated his interest in the business of the farm and his perspective on expanding their operation
  • Understand the priorities Yamamoto and his family focus on to successfully farm their operation

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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