California almond growers have started to use BeeWhere, a program powered by a geographic information system which allows them to know where bee hives are so they can provide proper notification before applying pesticides in the orchard. Bob Curtis, a consultant for the Almond Board of California, described the BeeWhere platform as a “long-overdue quantum leap into a new age.” The platform requires beekeepers to register the locations of their hives and will allow growers to beekeepers to work together to ensure pesticides are applied in a way that will not harm the hives.
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Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many 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 Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.