Over the next decade, Watte “definitely” sees good times ahead. “In California we have tremendous resources in a long growing season and a good water supply. We can grow things like almonds, pistachios and processing tomatoes the rest of the world cannot. Consumers need the production of what only California can produce and that makes me optimistic about the future,” he said.

Watte does not believe the growing demand for food worldwide will steady prices. “We are in such a worldwide market, volatility is probably here to stay. We have to learn how to manage that volatility,” he concluded.

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