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USDA Forecasts California Almond Crop Down 3.5 Percent

USDA Forecasts California Almond Crop Down 3.5 Percent MODESTO, Calif. – The California Almond Objective Measurement Report, published today by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service - Pacific Regional Office (NASS/PRO), estimates that the 2019 crop will be 2.20 billion pounds, down 3.5% from the 2018 crop production of 2.28 billion pounds. The California Almond Objective Measurement Report is the official industry crop estimate. This year’s Objective Report projects an almond crop down 12% from the May 2019 California Almond Subjective Forecast of 2.5 billion pounds. The Objective Report collects data later in the growing season, closer to harvest, and is based on an actual count of nuts on the trees versus phone interviews with farmers, the method used for the Subjective Forecast. According to the Objective Report, the average nut set per tree is 4,667, down 17.8% from the 2018 almond crop. The Nonpareil average nut set per tree is 4,429, down 10.1% from last year’s set. The average kernel weight for all varieties sampled was 1.54 grams, unchanged from the 2018 average weight. “While the industry experienced less than ideal weather conditions this spring, California remains the best place in the world to grow almonds,” said Holly A. King, Kern County almond farmer and Chair of the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors. “As leaders in California agriculture and producers of 82 percent of the world’s almonds, we have made a public commitment to grow almonds in better, safer and healthier ways, protecting our communities and the environment. We feel a great sense of obligation to responsibly produce a healthy food accessible to people around the world.” Last year, the Almond Board of California’s Board of Directors announced the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals to focus on areas that define the California almond industry’s journey towards continuous improvement and commitment to sustainability. The amount of almond coproducts – hulls, shells and woody biomass – correlates with crop size, and the California almond industry is more committed than ever to finding new uses for these valuable products. In fact, achieving zero waste in California almond orchards by putting everything the industry grows to optimal use is one of the four goals established by the Board of Directors. The Almond Board is committed to finding high-value uses for almond coproducts that support California by creating a genuine bioeconomy where every coproduct is an input for another valuable product. ABC will continue to fund research to investigate how components of almond hulls and shells can be transformed to provide increased value for farmers as well as other industries such as food, pharmaceuticals and automotive. “California almond farmers produce the vast majority of the world’s almonds, and for every pound of kernels there are nearly three pounds of hulls and shells. With size comes great responsibility and the resources to continue to meet steadily growing demand for almonds and fund research into ways to grow almonds more sustainably,” said Richard Waycott, ABC president and CEO. “Our vision is to make life better by what we grow and how we grow.” Since 1973, almond farmers and processors have invested $80 million in research through the Almond Board. These funds have propelled the industry to make significant advancements in the areas of water, nutrient management, air quality, honey bee health and more, increasing farming efficiencies while minimizing environmental impacts.  
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Feedfeed Founder Julie Resnick Creates Easy and Delicious Dairy-Free Recipes for Weekday Meal Prep and Warm-Weather Entertaining

Modesto, Calif. – Julie Resnick, founder of the media company Feedfeed and the popular @thefeedfeed Instagram community, partnered with California Almonds to put a spin on common recipes using almond milk as an ingredient. Almond milk is often used in coffee, cereal and oatmeal, so with her recipes Julie sought to share new ways to use the almond milk many people already have in their kitchen. Creamy almond milk is a tasty and versatile ingredient to incorporate into soups, desserts, sauces, baked goods, beverages and more, particularly for those seeking an alternative to dairy for their weekly meals and entertaining needs in the warmer months. From breakfast to dessert, Julie’s recipes showcase how easy it is to create simple but show-stopping dishes using pantry staples like almond milk. Almond milk provides a subtle, nutty flavor that complements other ingredients, and like almond milk, each recipe is a fit for a variety of diets, including plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free and even vegan: Vanilla Almond Milk Pancakes with Almond Butter Drizzle Spicy Zucchini Noodles with Almond Milk Dressing Thai Sweet Potato-Parsnip Soup with Ginger, Almond Milk and Red Curry Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Milk Cookies with Toasted Almonds Crispy Chicken Thighs with Almond Milk Curry The partnership with Julie and @thefeedfeed followed a successful almond milk crowdsourced recipe campaign hosted by California Almonds. “Here at the Almond Board of California, we are always looking for new ways to inspire consumers to enjoy almonds,” says Becky Jeffers, manager, North America marketing at the Almond Board of California. “Our partnership with Julie and her team at the Feedfeed has helped us inspire at-home cooks, bloggers and all-around food enthusiasts to try almond milk in new and exciting ways.” Vanilla Almond Milk Pancakes In addition to the recipes, California Almonds and @thefeedfeed hosted an Instagram contest encouraging the Feedfeed community to create and share their own almond milk recipes. To date, nearly 700 recipes have been submitted and the winning recipes have included hot chocolate, flavored almond milks and overnight oats. To discover these recipes and more, follow the Instagram hashtag #almondmilkallways. "Almond milk is one of my go-to kitchen staples and I love exploring new ways to incorporate it in my favorite dishes both sweet and savory,” says Julie Resnick. “Its light creamy texture and delicious flavor make it an ideal addition to so many recipes. We hope these recipes help inspire uses of almond milk in day-to-day cooking and baking." Almond milk is a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar option, with unsweetened varieties offering as few as 30 calories and zero grams of sugar. With no saturated fat or cholesterol, almond milk is a fit for many diets and dietary restrictions and can be swapped for dairy in recipes for those seeking an alternative. To learn more about California almonds and discover more almond milk recipes for inspiration, visit  
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Water management is a complex issue in California. But we need to tackle it together

Of all the issues that have crossed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk during his first 100 days in office, water might very well be the most complex. How the state manages this precious resource is an urgent concern for residents, businesses, environmentalists and the agricultural sector. I am an almond grower from Merced County, and we in the California almond community are all rooting for the governor, his fellow policymakers and regulators to succeed in finding viable solutions and common ground.  One of the biggest impediments to progress for far too long has been that those four constituencies – residents, businesses, environmentalists and agriculture – have been cast as antagonists whose interests are exclusive from each other. It doesn’t have to be that way. People don’t always fit into isolated boxes. The California almond industry, for example, is one big community made up of all four of those constituencies – and we’ve shown that it’s possible to make advances in responsible water use.  When the term “residential use” is cited in the water debate, it is usually short hand for people in big cities. Yet we farmers live in California, too. We are residents of cities and towns throughout the Central Valley, and even though most of us are third- or fourth- generation almond growers, we were Californians before we ever decided to become tree farmers. We chose to stay and raise our families here for the same reasons as our more urban neighbors: the sun, the beaches, the mountains, the people, the opportunities.  We are also business owners. Yes, we spend most of our days in orchards, but at night we track shipments and fret about our budgets and cash flow. Water is one of the biggest costs we have, and we’re always trying to figure out how to be more efficient with it.  It has been said that farmers are the original environmentalists. It’s true that whatever crop you grow, you depend on the land and the natural resources available to you. You better use them wisely and responsibly or risk not being able to pass the farm on to future generations.  And of course, we are agriculture. In fact, we’re one of California’s biggest crops. Almonds generate more than $21 billion of economic activity in California and are responsible for more than 100,000 jobs in the state. We’re the only place in the U.S. that can grow almonds, producing 80 percent of the world’s total supply.  So, we see the water debate from every side. Indeed, we are living it. While the governor and lawmakers grapple with the area that they know best – the public policy – we will address it in the realm we know best: the orchard.  The truth is, when it comes to water, almond farmers have been doing more with less for decades. Through higher yields and innovations like super-efficient, micro-irrigation techniques that today are used on nearly 80 percent of almond farms, we have reduced the amount of water it takes to grow each almond by 33 percent in the last 20 years. Yet, we believe we can do even more. Our industry recently pledged to reduce the amount of water used to grow a pound of almonds another 20 percent by 2025.  The California almond community is committed to being responsible stewards of water. We invite our fellow residents, businesses, environmentalists and all of agriculture to join us on this journey and work together to solve the water issues that confront the whole state.  Brian Wahlbrink is an almond farmer located in Modesto and a member of the Almond Board of California.  
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