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Almond grower, beekeeper communication fosters honey bee health
Almond Board |

By Bob Curtis, Director, Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California - - The almond pollination season actually starts well ahead of the first bloom with the arrangements and agreements between growers, beekeepers, and pollination stakeholders along the communication chain. Communication is the first and most vital step to setting the stage for a successful season with a strong pollination of the almond crop and careful consideration of the health of visiting honey bee hives. Establishing a clear chain of communication in advance of each season can help ensure responsibilities are met and information is reported accurately. The chain starts with the direct link between grower and beekeeper-bee broker, and with others in the chain - farm managers, pest control advisers (PCAs), and pesticide applicators.

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California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.