For California almond growers, money does grow on trees. California almond growers saw their average return in 2012 jump 30 percent to $2.58 per pound, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The final 2011 almond price was $1.99 per pound. The 2012 figure represents a record total value of California almonds of $4.82 billion, significantly higher than the previous year’s total of $4.01 billion. Since 1995 when growers received an average of 86 cents ...

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