As the world faces a declining bee population, California almond growers say they are doing their best to promote bee health. Many growers are using pesticides and compounds at night rather than in the day when the insects are active. Through the Almond Board they support the Bee Informed Partnership, a nationwide collaboration of leading research labs and universities in agriculture science, providing pest control advisers and other assistance to beekeepers. The beekeepers who participate in the “Bee Informed” partnership report they have fewer bee die offs because of the strategies in the partnership, according to the Almond Board of California’s Bob Curtis. Almond grower Christine Gemperle discussed how some almond growers have started planting cover crops to aid pollinator health. She said this provides variety in their diets and that “all the benefits have far outweighed any argument.”
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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.