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Almond Growers Work To Reduce Dust During Harvest Season
Almond Board |

STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — You know it’s almond harvest season when you see clouds of dust rising from the orchards. It gets in the air, collects on cars and even makes its way into your home.

California Almond Growers are now doing something about the dust, using new technology and procedures to reduce its impact on communities.

Grower Brian Wahlbrink said Sperry Farms in Stanislaus and Merced Counties is doing its part to achieve an ambitious new set of goals the industry is asking farmers to achieve by 2025.

“I feel like California almond growers, there’s 7,000 of us in the state, are very research forward,” Wahlbrink said.

That includes a 50% reduction in dust, a 25% increase in environmentally-friendly pest management, a 20% decrease in water use, and zero waste when it comes to hulls and shells.

The almond industry is experimenting with turning hulls and shells into recycled plastics, food, and even beer.

Wahlbrink is participating in that research and is currently studying a way farmers can catch almonds before they hit the ground, which would greatly help eliminate dust.

He said they’re also raising sweeper heads and trying to be proactive. It’s just one of the innovations in the field he says will make almond farmers better neighbors and better stewards of the environment.

About the Almond Board of California

Le mandorle della California rendono la vita migliore, anche per come vengono coltivate. L’Almond Board of California promuove mandorle naturali, salutari e di qualità attraverso la leadership nello sviluppo strategico del mercato, nella ricerca innovativa e nella pronta adozione delle best practice del settore per conto degli oltre 7.600 coltivatori e trasformatori di mandorle in California, molti dei quali sono coltivatori da generazioni. Fondato nel 1950 e con sede a Modesto, in California, l’Almond Board of California è un Federal Marketing Order senza scopo di lucro promosso dai coltivatori che opera sotto la supervisione del Dipartimento dell'Agricoltura degli Stati Uniti. Per maggiori informazioni su Almond Board of California e sulle mandorle visita il sito o seguici su Facebook, Twitter, Instagram e California Almonds blog.