American Pistachio Growers leadership includes Richard Matoian, left, executive director, and Jim Zion, 2012 board chair, center. Also pictured is Zion’s wife, Gloria.
APG Conference attendees from left – all from California: Andrew Howe, Horizon Nut LLC, Tulare; Richard Paslay, Agri-World Cooperative, Madera; and Chuck Nichols, Nichols Farms, Hanford.
Promoting pistachios in Shanghai, China last year are, from left – all from California: Jeremy Blackwell, Pioneer Nursery, Visalia; Zachary Sheely, Sheely Family Farms, Irvine; Noelle Freeman, Miss California; Jim Zion, Meridian Nut Company, Clovis; and Steve Moore, Steve Moore Farms, Fresno.
Pistachio production workshop speakers from left: University of California-Davis farm advisors Blake Sanden (Kern County) and Bob Beede (Kings County); Joel Siegel, USDA-ARS, Parlier; and UC-Davis farm advisor Craig Kallsen (Kern County).
Pistachios are California’s number two nut crop valued at more than $1.16 billion in 2010.
California farmers produce about 99 percent of the nation’s commercial pistachio crop with the balance grown in Arizona and New Mexico.
(For more, see: Pistachio industry poised to sell record crops)
Western Farm Press