In my almond orchards near Modesto, I have volunteered two plots of land for groundwater recharge research, looking to refill the underground aquifers that act as California’s single largest water storage system. These aquifers are a shared resource between farmers, families and businesses, so the act of replenishing them through recharge brings benefits to a much wider community. Through this research we will understand how almond orchards across the state can play a role in storing extra flood flows like the ones we’re getting this year. This work, a potential solution for some of California’s water woes, would not be possible without the collaborative effort and funding from the Almond Board of California in partnership with Sustainable Conservation, UC Davis, Land IQ and Lawrence Berkeley Labs. The California almond community has received an unfair amount of negative attention around the drought, increased through misinformation about my industry and our farming practices. But I can say the ongoing leadership of the California almond community – a group of more than 6,800 farmers – in the areas of irrigation and water advancements is something I am immensely proud of. While the drought did trigger this initiative, let me be clear that this project is not an isolated effort. The California almond community has invested in more than 180 water research projects since 1982 to more efficiently use, manage and protect water resources.
About the Almond Board
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.