The California almond harvest will be smaller this year due to a lack of winter chill and ongoing drought conditions, but the largest marketer of the crop reports a positive outlook for the almond business.
Blue Diamond Growers Chairman Dan Cummings, who grows almonds near Chico, addresses about 1,200 grower-members at the cooperative’s 105th annual meeting.
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A Blue Diamond staff member hands out samples of Nut*Thins crackers to grower-members.
Photo/Christine Souza
Almond growers review eventful season
The success of the California almond business put almond growers and marketers at the center of the drought debate this year—a subject addressed as members of the state's largest almond marketer gathered for their annual meeting in Modesto. Read more...

Net metering: Groups say new rules must work for agriculture
With a deadline to create new net energy metering rules for California fast approaching, agricultural organizations have urged state utility regulators to consider the unique characteristics of farm and ranch customers in developing new net-metering contracts. Read more...

Next step toward federal milk order will come in 2016
After 40 days and hundreds of hours of testimony, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hearing on establishing a federal milk marketing order for California concluded last week. Read more...

Commentary: ‘Call before you dig’ requirements aim for safety
Farmers and ranchers often serve as guardians for important utility infrastructure throughout California—both above and below the ground. The presence of overhead power lines or underground pipelines imposes obligations on farmers and ranchers—and can bring dangers, too. High-profile accidents caused by excavation projects have occurred in California in the past year. Read more...

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