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Retaliatory tariffs have taken a toll on important international markets for almonds, so in 2018 USDA launched several trade mitigation programs to help farmers caught in the crossroads of the trade…
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In July, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) package to assist farmers in response to trade damage from retaliatory tariffs.…
Dec 03, 2019 // Government Affairs
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The U.S. trade war with China continues to affect many American imports into that country, including those of California almonds. Because China is the third-largest market for almonds, the California…
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Citing budget shortfalls due to a growing staff, the State of California announced in September it will increase water quality fees by nearly 12 percent for thousands of farmers, including almond…
Oct 31, 2019 // Government Affairs
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Growers who would like to participate in the Seeds for Bees program have until Nov. 1, 2019 to submit their applications. Almond bloom is the peak season for cover crops to also blossom, as they…
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It’s a vexing question for the 100 or so almond handlers in California: What are your options if a shipment is rejected in another country, say Japan or someplace in Europe? In the case of Japan,…
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In the battle to secure fair access to global markets for California almonds, staff at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are essential allies. Keeping channels of communication open with…
Aug 21, 2019 // Government Affairs
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As in other markets, the United Kingdom maintains a national database to determine the nutrient composition of common foods. Managed by the government body Public Health England, McCance and…
Aug 12, 2019 // Government Affairs
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Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of USDA’s $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers. The package includes the Agricultural…
Aug 01, 2019 // Government Affairs
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Glyphosate — better known to many by its trade name, Roundup — is the most widely used herbicide on the planet, responsible for 20% of annual global herbicide use.1 For almond growers, weed…