Almond Board offers wide range of E-Learning

The Almond Board of California is taking virtual learning one step further starting next month. Virtual tailgate sessions will take a deeper dive into tools growers can take advantage of in the California Almond Sustainability program. But Senior Manager of Field Outreach and Education Tom Devol said growers could go one step further and schedule one-on-one sessions with the team to answer...

Bringing new life to the land with almond production

ZUJAR, Spain, May 27 (Reuters) - In one of the driest corners of Europe, Manuel Barnes has watched the soil become healthier since he started growing almonds using techniques aimed at bringing new life to the land. Barnes and his neighbours in southern Spain are turning to pre-industrial methods they hope will avert the risk of their...

Could gut microbes be key to solving food allergies?

New therapeutics are testing whether protective bacteria can dampen harmful immune responses to food By Esther Landhuis 5.21.2020 As a child, Cathryn Nagler broke out in hives when she ate eggs. She reacted to penicillin. Working in labs after college, she developed a severe allergy...

US nut shipments to China: Will they recover?

The “phase one” trade deal with China is paying off substantially for commodities like soybeans, corn, wheat and sorghum, but it’s hit or miss for specialty crop farmers, many of whom are still trying to find replacement markets. U.S. walnut exports to China had been slowly declining as Chinese production rose before the trade...

2020 Australian macadamia crop on track

The 2020 Australian macadamia crop remains on track to reach the forecast 36,500 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture (39,000 tonnes at 10% moisture), announced the industry’s peak body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today. Harvest started slightly later this year, but is now well progressed in all growing regions, reports the AMS.

Prunes the perfect companion in meat-plant blends, says California Prune Board

Blending meat and plant-based ingredients in products like burgers continues to gain traction for food producers, as consumers unwilling to give up meat entirely experiment with foods that combine red meat, poultry or fish with a range of plant-based ingredients like mushrooms, sweet potatoes, or dried fruit.  A number of companies are blending meat...

Azerbaijan to develop hazelnut sector

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan, has designed a project on developing the country's hazelnut sector, Head of FAO's Partnership and Liaision Office in Azerbaijan Melek Cakmak told Trend. "The project has been launched since January 2020 within a partnership program between FAO and Azerbaijan. The...

India: Odisha Cashew Processors urged government to announce a special package for the cashew industry

By Express News ServiceJEYPORE: The Odisha Cashew Processors Association has urged Union Minister of State for MSME Pratap Sarangi to announce a special package for the cashew industry, hit hard by the lockdown. Around 50 owners of cashew processing units from the State interacted with the Minister during a webinar on Friday. They said the lockdown has...

California Almonds off to the next record crop

NASS announced 2020 Almond Subjective Forecast at 3.0 Billion pounds. The forecast is based on 1.26 million acres producing an average of 2,380 pounds per acre. The forecast is at 10.2% higher yield than 2019. This puts total production up 17.6%. This forecast comes about three weeks after USDA-NASS...

Blue Diamond Growers expands processing capacity

SACRAMENTO, CA – Blue Diamond Growers, a nonprofit grower-owned cooperative and the world’s leading processor and marketer of almonds, marked its 110-year anniversary today with announcements about the completion of two key infrastructure expansions. The company also was recently recognized by Boston Consulting Group & IRI as one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Mid-Size...
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