Almond Alliance and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advocate for our water at State Capitol

Aug. 20, 2018 – –Sacramento, CA – – A bus sponsored by the Almond Alliance of California today brought Merced High School Future Farmers of America students to stand on the steps of the State Capitol to advocate on behalf of California’s agriculture industry. The Almond Alliance and FFA joined our elected representatives, farmers, laborers, students, and citizens opposed to a state plan to disrupt the water supply of more than three million northern Californians.

Almond Alliance President Elaine Trevino pointed out the importance of the rally: “This rally was one way to express to our State leaders and the State Water Resources Control Board that their consideration of a plan to sharply curtail water flows to nearly 3 million people from the North San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area is not acceptable.  Besides threatening drinking water supplies, the plan would jeopardize a multibillion-dollar farming industry, while providing little proof of environmental benefit.”

The Alliance had two clear messages, said Trevino: “Protecting California agriculture and developing leadership in the agriculture sector.  We believe this is a perfect opportunity for FFA students to see there are multiple ways of advocating for California agriculture. Participating in the rally is one important way to show our frustration and concern about the implications of the State Water Board’s decision.”

Trevino pointed out, “The decision by the State Water Resources Board can threaten drinking water supplies and impact the Central Valley agriculture industry, which is the economic engine for the region by providing food, fiber and jobs.  The State Water Board recently announced no final action on the Bay-Delta plan at next week’s meeting, but we feel it is critical that the voice of the California agriculture industry is strong in anticipation of an upcoming decision.   We will continue to urge the State Board to reject the proposal as currently written.”

About the Almond Alliance of California

The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) was formerly the Almond Hullers and Processors Association and is a trusted non-profit organization with a mission of advocating on behalf of the Almond industry in California. AAC actively advocates for the positions of almond growers, hullers, shellers, handers and processors, while educating the industry about upcoming and existing regulatory changes.  Through workshops, newsletters, conferences and meetings, AAC serves as a clearing house of information that informs the almond industry and continues to position the industry as an agricultural leader in the state.

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Almond Alliance Fights Against SWRCB Water Grab- Urges Action at Aug. 20 Capitol Rally

July 31, 2018 – -The Almond Alliance has filed formal comments to the SWRCB opposing the plan to demand twice as much water flows down the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers in a purported effort to save salmon as an attack on the California agricultural industry and threatening the economic well-being of the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, the Alliance joined a coalition of CA Agriculture advocates to oppose the plan in a letter to the SWRCB. Click HERE to view letter.

A call to action for membership is scheduled on August 20, 2018 at the State Capitol. Join the Almond Alliance for a rally on the steps of the Capitol, hosted by Assemblymember Adam Gray. Transportation provided from Modesto on a limited basis. This is a valuable opportunity for industry leaders and students to stand up for the central valley’s economy and well-being in front of the CA legislature. To RSVP contact staff@almondalliance.org

Click HERE to print flyer.

PPIC Polling: Strong Bipartisan Support for Prop. 3, Water and Environment

July 31, 2018 – -According to the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California, 56% of likely CA voters say the candidates’ environmental positions are very important in determining their votes—the largest share to express this view since PPIC first asked likely voters the question in 2006 (44%). Another third of likely voters (31%) say candidate positions on the environment are somewhat important. Across party lines, 67 percent of Democratic likely voters say the candidates’ environmental stances are very important; about half of independents (54%) and a third of Republicans (33%) hold this view.

Following this analysis, the PPIC reported that “In a state with a partisan split that’s broad and growing wider, environmental issues provide a surprising bridge between Democrats and Republicans, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates.  Proposition 3, an $8.9 billion bond on the November ballot for a range of water projects, has support from 58 percent of California’s likely voters, with 25 percent opposed and 17 percent undecided, the poll indicates. But while 72 percent of Democrats surveyed back the bond measure, what’s striking is that Republicans, despite a well-documented aversion to new spending, also support the spending, 43 percent to 38 percent”

Proposition 3 has been endorsed by the Almond Alliance of CA. The bond will invest $8.877 billion dollars in California water infrastructure, including key categories for Ag: safe drinking water, Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGMA) implementation, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife habitat conservation, infrastructure repair, and many other important water management programs.

Click HERE for more information. 

President’s Message: Almond Alliance Trade Update

July 31, 2018 – – By Elaine Trevino, President, Almond Alliance of California

As the President/CEO of the Almond Alliance, I want to reassure you that our mission is to protect you, and the entire industry, from short and long-term threats brought on by trade disputes. The Alliance continues to be diligent in our work with the Administration to communicate the potential impacts to our membership from retaliatory tariffs.

We have requested clarification for the proposed programs being offered by USDA to mitigate damages and how the $12 billion in funding for them will benefit almonds. The USDA has offered that it intends to have programs and funding levels in place by Labor Day, but the Alliance is deeply engaged in advocating for the development of criteria that will directly impact our industry. As I stated in a recent press statement, the Alliance continues to urge USDA and the Administration to consider the unique role of almonds which are the third highest U.S. agricultural export at 67% according to the USDA’s Foreign Ag Service, ahead of sorghum (59%), soybeans (50%), wheat (46%), pork (21%), corn (21%), and dairy (15%). Additionally, we continue to remind the administration that almond growers produce 80% of the world’s supply.

As I hear about what many are experiencing in damages in specific numbers as harvest approaches, I continue to communicate this to our elected officials. I invite you to join me in our district congressional meetings and personal share your questions and concerns with our elected officials. If you are interested in attending any congressional meetings with the Alliance, please contact me at staff@almondalliance.org

Please watch for important member alerts and email announcements regarding tariff updates.