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US pecan growers look forward to national marketing board

Pecan growers are welcoming the newly-formed American Pecan Council. The marketing board will help promote the tree nut as well as be involved in quality standards and research. “This will be a benefit to our industry,” says Amy Hochderffer of Fresno, Ca.-based Meridian Growers. “Almonds and Walnuts have their.....

Australia's largest almond grower sees 73% drop in profit

Australia's biggest almond grower, Select Harvests, has suffered a 73 per cent drop in full-year profit after wet weather and lower nut prices crunched its bottom line.Select Harvests posted a $9.25 million profit for 2016/17, while the company's revenue for the year to June 30 was down 15.4 per cent to $242.1.....

Oregon hazelnut yields predicted to be 18% lower this year

Oregon will produce 18 percent fewer hazelnuts this year than it did last year, federal agricultural officials predicted, based on an analysis of field and lab testing.The experts say the state will produce 36,000 tons of hazelnuts this year, The Register-Guard reported Thursday. The state produced 44,000 tons.....

Australia hazelnut production predicted to hit $400m by 2020

Hazelnut production in Australia could increase by more than 2000 per cent by 2020, according to a newly released report.A Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation report has found the Australian hazelnut industry has the potential to be valued at $400 million with current annual production, 170.....

Pest threatens California's high value crop

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has now moved into almonds. The feared pest was first reported in California in 2002, and a large find was announced in Sacramento, in 2013. Since then, it’s been wait-and-see for fruit growers in the state as it seemed like only a matter of time before the hitchhiking bug.....

High yielding almond rootstock gains popularity among AU growers

Australian almond growers are planting more than 260,000 trees cultivated on a high yielding rootstock from Spain, which has become available to them for the first time this year.The garnem rootstock has been cultivated by the Australian arm of international plant propagation company Agromillora, which is.....

Colombia: Israeli experts study date palm plantation in La Guajira

Israeli experts are in the department of La Guajira to accompany the Ministry of Economic Development in the design and formulation of sustainable projects for indigenous communities, in addition to searching for water accessibility and quality, and palm plantations.The group is made up of experts in water.....

Bolivia exports chestnuts to Europe through an alternative route

Bolivia began exporting chestnut to European markets via an alternative route through Brazil, so as to reduce the time it takes to transport the product there, the Northern Exporters' Chamber (Cadexnor) told Prensa Latina.According to the president of Cadexnor, Agustin Vargas, the route includes the passage.....

More US growers turning to self-fertilizing almond trees

Many almond growers are gambling that self-fertile almond trees will save enough from a reduced need for bees — and the ability to uniformly harvest and manage orchards of a single variety — to compensate for prices that may be lower than for the popular standard Nonpareil.The leading self-fertile almond ,.....

Tanga seeks to reclaim industrial economy with nut & fruit processing

Some decades ago, Tanga was a region with a vibrant industrial economy, with people travelling from all other regions of Tanzania to seek employment in the area, located at country's North east corridor. Now, the region is trying to bring back the glory days of industry, and a major part of the plan is.....

Acreage has expanded by 1,500 hectares in a year

Spain: Almost 10,000 hectares of pistachios in Castile-La Mancha

According to the estimates of El Chaparrillo Public Agricultural Research Centre, based in Ciudad Real and dependent on the Regional Institute of Agricultural and Forest Research (IRIAF), the acreage devoted to the cultivation of pistachios in Castile-La Mancha is already approaching 10,000 hectares (most of.....

Biggest volume in years to be expected

Increase in dried apricot shipments from Turkey to the US

Supplies of dried apricots from Turkey to the United States are slowly increasing as the season hits its peak. Over 95% of dried apricot imports to the United States are from Turkey. Shipments of the fruit have been delayed this year however, due to a cool growing season in Turkey. Moreover, customers are.....

Big name instagrammer joins 2017 Macadamia Instameet

One of Australia’s biggest instagrammers, Lauren Bath, will lead the 2017 #AusMacadamias Instameet at Sample Food Festival this year. Building on the success of the 2016 Instameet, which saw dozens of macadamia-inspired photos shared across the social media platform, Australian Macadamias has engaged.....

Almond Board of Australia hires new Experimental Orchard Manager

The Almond Board of Australia has announced the appointment of Anthony Wachtel as the Farm Manager for the Almond Centre of Excellence experimental orchard in Loxton, SA.Anthony recently joined the ABA and will assume the responsibility of managing the 60 hectare site with the goal of developing it into a.....

Ferrero discusses possible hazelnut production in Azerbaijan

Ferrero has discussed increasing hazelnut production in Azerbaijan with the country's government. The Italian confectioner's agribusiness coordinator Daniel Dellacha met with Azerbaijan's Minister of Agriculture Haydar Asadov last week.This news comes as the hazelnut supply in the top producing nation, Turkey,.....

Turkish politician calls for better prices for hazelnut farmers

As the world’s top hazelnut producer, Turkey should be the first country that announces hazelnut prices and have a strong voice in setting these prices, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.During a visit to hazelnut producers in a village near the.....

World Elephant Day, August 12

Wonderful Pistachios donates $100,000 to Save the Elephants

In celebration of World Elephant Day tomorrow, Wonderful Pistachios, known for its “Get Crackin’” ad campaign featuring Ernie the Elephant, a pistachio-loving, computer-generated spokes-elephant who refuses to work for peanuts, and is voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, announced a $100,000 donation to Save the.....

US pecan marketing order moves ahead

Growers of America’s “native nut” voted overwhelmingly in favor of a federal marketing order one year ago. This summer the American Pecan Council is gearing up to market and promote pecans, invest in research and establish quality, grade and size standards.“We’re starting from scratch,” said Philip Arnold, a.....

California almonds now cover 1 million acres

California's almond boom has hit 1 million acres, covering a total area bigger than the state of Rhode Island.The Record news of Stockton reports the state's almond harvest is expected to hit a record 2.2 billion pounds (1 billion kilograms) this year.Surging demand for almond snacks in Asia has helped make.....

Plea to lift cashew ban in Kenya

The national government in Kenya should lift a nine-year cashew nut export ban imposed on farmers in Lamu county, Women's Rep Shakilla Abdalla has said.Shakilla said the directive made by the then Agriculture Minister William Ruto in 2009 has led to the collapse of cashew nut farming in Lamu.Farmers are.....

2017 Australian macadamia crop revised down to 47,000 tonnes

Severe weather has impacted the 2017 Australian macadamia crop, with the crop forecast now revised to 47,000 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture (44,000 tonnes @3.5% moisture).Rain and flooding from Cyclone Debbie in March and record rainfall in the Northern Rivers in June disrupted harvesting and caused crop loss.....

Multi-million Rand investment into SA mega macadamia processing facility

Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC) has undertaken to build South Africa’s biggest macadamia nut processing facility with phase one of two set for completion in 2018. The project, which is already underway at the existing factory in White River, demonstrates the company’s commitment to the industry and underpins.....

Kenyans call for lift on cashew export ban

The national government should lift a nine-year cashew nut export ban imposed on farmers in Lamu county, Kenya, Rep Shakilla Abdalla has said.Shakilla said the directive made by the then Agriculture Minister William Ruto in 2009 has led to the collapse of cashew nut farming in Lamu.Farmers are forbidden from.....

Galilee Export, Israel:

“For the coming season, we expect to double our volume of Barhi dates”

"The season of Barhi dates is about to start and comes usually with moderate volumes at the beginning. This generates high prices during the first weeks of this exotic fruit. This year it won’t be different," says Yoav Nakash from Galilee Export. “The only impact may come from heat waves. Despite the one in.....