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130 Million Almond Trees = 130 Million Reasons to Take Pride
Everyone loves trees. From the day set aside each year to celebrate them to organizations devoted to planing them, trees are valued for the many benefits they provide. How nice that California's #1 crop grows on trees. As the almond community, we provide the world with more than just almonds; job creation, our economy, water efficiencies and more.
Using Everything the Orchard Grows: Our Commitment to Zero Waste
For decades, the California Almond industry has utilized almond coproducts in a responsible, sustainable fashion, often yielding secondary benefits. However, recent market shifts are forcing changes to those traditional uses and spurring new interest in the highest value use of each almond coproduct.
Almond trees need cross-pollination, and honey bees help move pollen from tree to tree, setting the crop. Bee hives consistently leave almond orchards stronger than when they came in because almond pollen is very nutritious to bees and is their first natural food source of the year.
2016 Annual Report
The Almond Almanac is the Almond Board of California’s annual report, which outlines industry statistics, programs and projects. Published on a crop-year basis (August 1 to July 31), the Almond Almanac includes comprehensive historical information about almond production, acreage and varieties, as well as shipment, market, and ABC program information.
2016 California Almond Objective Measurement Report
California's 2016 almond production is forecast at 2.05 bilion meat pounds, up 2.5 percent from May's subjective forecst and up 7.9 percent from last year's crop. The forecast is based on 900,000 bearing acres.
The Bigger Picture: California, Almonds & Water
Why grow food in California? California is not a desert - it falls mostly within one of the world's five Mediterranean climate zones. California's cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers offer ideal growing conditions for many diverse crops, including almonds.
Infographic: The Buzz on Bees + Almonds
The California almond community is acutely aware of honey bee health concerns and continues to take extraordinary steps to ensure bees remain safe and healthy, both inside their orchards and throughout the year.