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Episode 49: Dick Cunningham and the Ups and Downs of Almonds


Dick Cunningham has a long history in the almond business as a grower and huller/sheller. Cunningham remains an active member of the Almond Alliance Board of Directors where he serves as chair of their political action committee. In this episode, Cunningham shares his journey, the ups and downs he has experienced over the years, the current challenges facing growers in 2023, and his outlook for the future.

Farming is nothing but ups and downs. Just when you think things are good, things change, just like right now. Almonds have always been good to me and I think they'll be good in the future, but there's a lot of things to work on.
Dick Cunningham

In Today’s episode:

  • Dick Cunningham shares lessons and insights from over 50 years of working in the almond industry
  • Discover Cunningham’s journey and history within the almond industry and what he has learned throughout that process
  • Explore the impact Cunningham feels regulation has had on almond trade relations and regulations

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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