As of May 28, California’s tomato processors plan to offer contracts this year for 14.3 million tons of processing tomatoes in 2015– a 2-percent increase from the final contracted production total last year.
May contracted acreage of 295,000 is 5 percent below the January intentions forecast.
Fresno County remains the top California County in contracted planted acreage with 91,000 acres. Yolo, Kings, San Joaquin, and Merced are the remaining top-five counties for contracted planted acreage.
As the health of European honey bees and other pollinators continues to be a top priority for scientists around the country, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has introduced a Pollinator Protection web page as a resource for Californians and others interested in the issue.
The web page features links to programs detailing CDFA’s commitment to protecting pollinators in the course of its work controlling and eradicating invasive species.
Almond Ace Packing, Inc. (AAP), a grower-owned processing and export company, has purchased the land under its current processing plant located in Ripon, Calif. along with an option to more than double its production acreage over the next five years.
AAP, founded in 2010 by the Tilbury family, farms almonds and walnuts.
In five years, Almond Ace has grown from initial concept to an internationally-recognized and award-winning processor and exporter of high-quality almonds, manufactured almonds, and walnuts.
California is entering year four of a historic drought impacting residents and businesses throughout the state. Governor Brown announced unprecedented conservation measures that have rightfully received significant attention.
The Almond Hullers & Processors Association (AHPA) released these eight points about water use in almonds.