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La Collective des Amandes de Californie soutient l’innovation en investissant 6,8 millions de dollars dans la recherche

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La Collective des Amandes de Californie (ABC) a annoncé qu’elle va investir 6,8 millions de dollars dans 75 projets de recherche indépendants visant à explorer les pratiques agricoles de demain, dont l’utilisation optimale de tous les produits dérivés de la culture des amandes.

The California Almonds Collective (ABC) announced it will invest $ 6.8 million in 75 independent research projects to explore tomorrow's farming practices, including the optimal use of all crop-derived products almonds . In addition to improving production practices, research projects are helping the California Almonds Collective provide consumers around the world with a healthy, unprocessed and sustainable product. 


The announcement was made at the 46 th Annual Conference on almonds, an event held in Sacramento, California, which brings together producers and processors, and researchers to analyze scientific advances enabling responsible Culture . ABC's research program provides a scientific foundation for good practice in a number of priority areas, including the preservation of water resources, the health of pollinators and the search for new uses for almond co-products, including hulls and pods. and woody materials. 


"Innovation is at the heart of sustainable almond farming. Powered by our family farms, the Collective is committed to continuous improvement, ensuring a better environment and future for our children and our grandchildren, our neighbors and our employees, "says the President of the Collective des California almonds and CEO Richard Waycott. Since 1973, almond producers and processors have invested $ 80 million in research through the Collective - to improve our understanding of the impact this culture has on human health, to ensure quality. and food security, and improve agricultural practices while minimizing environmental consequences. "


Seeking new uses for almond co-products

The fruit grows in a pod, protected by a hull, on a tree. Farmers have always made responsible use of these co-products, ensuring recycling rather than discarding them. Today, the California Almonds Collective focuses its research investments on the optimal use of these co-products, while adopting a zero-waste approach that meets vital needs in multiple industries.  


This year, ABC funded nine co-product research projects totaling $ 1.2 million with applications covering orchard interiors or value-added uses. 


"We are excited to be working with the California Almonds Collective because their goals are similar to ours. It invests in research so that there is no waste, our goal is to have a neutral footprint, "says Lydia Palma, a researcher and doctoral student at the University of California, Davis. "Our research partnership focuses on developing new technologies to turn almond co-products into useful products. " 


Three ongoing research projects show promising results: 

  • Recycled Polypropylene Polyethylene Torrified Almond Shell Biocomposites (Biocomposites from recycled polypropylene-polyethylene roasted almond pods). USDA-ARS, Western Regional Research Center [1]  - Almond pods are usually used as litter for livestock. This research examines how pods, transformed into an anthrax powder through a process called roasting, can serve as a reinforcing and coloring agent for post-consumer recycled plastics.  
  •         Cultivation of Black Soldier Larvae Fly on Almond Byproducts (Black fly fly larvae breeding on almond byproducts). University of California, Davis [2]  - The sweet and fibrous husks of almonds can feed animals, large and small, including the emerging world of insect breeding. This research project explores the breeding of black soldier fly larvae that serve as poultry and aquaculture feed on almond hulls.  
  •      Almond Hull Byproducts a Casing Amendment Material in Mushroom Cultivation (By-products of almond hulls used as a casing amendment material in mushroom cultivation). USDA-ARS, Western Regional Research Center [3] - Once sugars are removed for other uses, the remaining hull material serves as an alternative to the peat moss traditionally used in mushroom cultivation. This research project explores the use of almond hulls as a growing support for the commercial cultivation of mushrooms, the first results showing several benefits including optimal absorption of water and larger crops. 

"The invention of new ways to use a product that has been traditionally attributed to unique use is very exciting," says Mike Curry, dehuller/scoop farmer at Johnson Farms. "It is the entire production and supply chain, including the consumer, that will benefit from the development of new products from cockles and almond pods. 


Other opportunities for innovation 


Commitment to scientific research is helping the California Almonds Collective build the farm of the future. In order to better conserve water resources, farmers are adopting precise irrigation technology and are studying the possibility of basement aquifer replenishment through groundwater recharge. the farm. To guarantee the safety of bees mellifers, - vital for the pollination of almonds, farmers work very closely with beekeepers while respecting the good practices established by the studies. Research continues to refine the optimal planting approach for bee pastures that provide additional nutrition to hives and other pollinators. 


This year, CBA-funded water and honey bee research projects total $ 610,000 for nine water-related projects, and $ 579,000 for seven projects related to water health. honey bees. Since 1982, more than 200 research projects on the protection of water resources have been funded. Thanks to them, over the past 20 years, farmers have been able to reduce by 33% the amount of water needed to grow a pound of almonds. [4]  In addition, with 120 projects funded to date, ABC has supported more research on honey bee health than any other group of farmers. [5]


The research projects of the Collective - are funded through a proportionate share of the amount of pounds of almond produced. After review by research advisors and working groups focused on almond-specific topics, the projects are selected by a committee of almond growers and processors based on the strategic needs of the industry and industry. the expected impact of the research. 


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About California Almond Collective

California Almonds are a natural, nutritious and nutritious food - high in vitamin E and magnesium, with 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 30 gram serving. They are grown by 6,500 producers in the Central Valley of California, the only region in the United States that lives on almond crops. It is the second most profitable agricultural production in California. It constitutes, in fact, 80% of the world's production of almonds.

In California, the majority of farms occupy less than 50 hectares, and nearly 90% of them are family-owned, many being farmed by the third and fourth generations of farmers. In 1950 almond producers decided to combine their resources to found and finance what is now the California Almonds Collective, a non-profit organization that runs the Federal Almond Producers' Board (Federal Marketing). Order), under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture.  

The Almond Collective supports growers through a research-based production and marketing approach. Since 1973, it has funded more than $ 42 million in research related to almond production, quality and safety, nutrition and environmental aspects of the crop. This momentum has led to a number of major breakthroughs and a spirit of continuous improvement that has helped growers become more efficient, productive and responsible for their valuable resources. To learn more about the Almond Collective's leadership in hydropower efficiency, waste recovery, carbon reduction, bee health and more, visit his blog, and to learn more about almonds, visit


[1] Zach McCaffrey, et al. Recycled polypropylene-polyethylene torrefied almond shell biocomposites. Journal of Industrial Crops and Products. December 2018. 

[2] Lydia Palma, et al. Cultivation of black soldier fly larvae on almond byproducts: impacts of aeration and moisture on larvae growth and composition. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. December 2018.

[3] Allison Flynn, et al. Almond hull byproducts as a casing amendment material in mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) cultivation. Mushroom News. American Mushroom Institute. October 2018.

[4] University of California, Feb. 2010.Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), 2012.Almond Board of California, 1990-94, 2000-14.

[5] Gene Brandi. Vice President, American Beekeeping.

A propos de la Collective des Amandes de Californie

Les amandes de Californie sont un aliment naturel, sain et riche en nutriments. La Collective des Amandes de Californie soutient les cultivateurs par une approche de production et de marketing basée sur la recherche au nom de plus de 7,600 producteurs et transformateurs d’amandes en Californie dont la plupart sont des entreprises familiales. Créée en 1950 et basée à Modesto, en Californie, la Collective des Amandes de Californie est une organisation sans but lucratifqui gère l'Office Fédéral des Producteurs d'Amandes (Federal Marketing Order), sous la supervision du ministère de l’Agriculture des États-Unis.
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