The Clipper Podcast: Solar powers farmers pockets


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    Agriculture goes home office! In the next days we will ask our partners and friends around the world how that actually works. Remember: In times where trade shows are cancelled magazines like ours are your trade show. Here you can talk about your business, get in touch with buyers and partners. We will help you present your products to an audience on seven continents. Contact us on Linkedin to find out more – my profile name is agropress. So let’s talk about running a global business from home. I asked Karel Strubbe-Sales Director EMEA at TOMRA Sorting Food how it works for a global food sorting machinery business.

    This year will be different – travel, trade, business and of course industry events. We can expect some of the major trade shows and conferences to be canceled or to have a lot less visitors. But even if travel and promoting your products will be harder on trade shows this year – there is still the Clipper Magazine and the podcast, where you can get information without travelling. 

    Still we traveled – to Biofach this february and we were surprised to find an american prune producer who is proud to offer an organic range – Wilbur Packing, a company with more than 150 years of history in the Sacramento Valley. 

    At the Almond Conference last December we talked to Chad Cummings at JKB Energy. Solar Power has become an important additional income for growers and processors in California in a short period. We wanted to know what triggered this development.  According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), unsubsidized renewable energy is now most frequently the cheapest source of energy generation – We wanted to know if there are any tax incentives in California to boost solar power. 

    In our next episode we will have the first voices from 4 continents giving us an assessment of the impact of the Coronavirus for the nuts and dried fruit and the snack industry. Stay tuned. We wish you that you stay well. 

    Let’s start with understanding the impact of the current events for our nuts and dried fruit. The Almond Conference which took place last December of last year, this time in a different location in Sacramento at sometimes freezing temperatures and torrential rains which can be heard as a background noise in our interviews. Solar Energy has become an important source of income for growers in California. We talked to at JKB Energy, who explains how one by one growers and processors come on board. 

    In our next episode we will have several interviews with people in the nuts and dried fruit trade all over the planet about the impact for production, trade and consumption. We are currently recording the interviews with the relevant people and we will update you as soon as possible. 

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