Almond Alliance Congratulates USDA Jenny Lester Moffitt on Her Confirmation as USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Aug. 11, 2021 Modesto, CA – – Almond Alliance of California President Elaine Trevino commented today on the confirmation by the United States Senate of Jenny Lester Moffitt as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Almond Alliance congratulates Jenny Lester Moffitt on her confirmation to serve as the next Under Secretary and wishes her the best in this new endeavor. We thank Jenny for all of her work and tenure as Under Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.  We are incredibly pleased and excited that someone with Jenny’s experience and diverse knowledge of specialty crops is leading the marketing and regulatory programs for American agriculture.  We look forward to partnering with Jenny as we compete in the international market place and continue to feed almonds to Americans and the world.”

About the Almond Alliance

The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community.

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit https://almondalliance.org/ or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Almond Alliance Calls Passage of Infrastructure Investment Bill a “Promising Start’

Aug. 10, 2021 Modesto, CA – – U.S. Senate passage Monday of a bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which addresses critical water supply needs in the West, is a “promising start to address the ongoing concerns the California almond community has about our state’s water supply,” said Elaine Trevino, President, Almond Alliance of California.

The act includes $8 billion to repair aging dams and canals, build new surface and groundwater storage, fund water conservation projects and improve ecosystems. This legislation will now be taken up in the House.

“We will reach out to members of the House to educate them about the critical need to invest in a reliable, affordable and sustainable water supply,” explained Trevino. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to make major investments in our water supply infrastructure in a way that will benefit our state for many years to come.”

The Alliance is part of a national coalition representing thousands of Western farmers, ranchers, water providers, businesses and communities supporting the Energy Infrastructure Act. The coalition includes more than 220 organizations from 15 states that collectively represent $120 billion in agricultural production—nearly one-third of all agricultural production in the country—and many of the local and regional public water agencies that supply water to more than 75 million urban, suburban and rural residents.

About the Almond Alliance 
The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community. 

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit https://almondalliance.org/  or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Congressional bill to address global shipping crisis wins backing from Almond Alliance of California

Aug. 10, 2021 Modesto – – Legislation introduced by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-South Dakota) to address unreasonable ocean carrier practices has won the backing of the Almond Alliance of California.

“We thank Congressmen Garamendi and Johnson for their leadership on the port congestion issue and for introducing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act,” said Elaine Trevino, President, Almond Alliance. “The almond industry depends on reliable trade supply chains for exporting almonds worldwide and access to needed containers and shipping equipment.  We are hopeful that this legislation will help address the chaotic booking delays and cancellations and excessive detention and demurrage charges. We also thank AgTC for their tireless efforts working with a national coalition to resolve the port congestion issue.”

The Almond Alliance will stay actively engaged in this issue as the Ocean Shipping Reform Act is taken up by Congress.  “This is a critical issue for our members who export almonds overseas and have found the supply chain to be severely disrupted by these unreasonable costs and unfair practices,” explained Trevino.

Here are the bill’s highlights:

This bill addresses ocean container carrier practices injuring US exporters, importers, truckers and others. It particularly focuses on unreasonable detention and demurrage charges, and carrier rejection of US export cargo. It provides the means to achieve the mandates of the President’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.This bill covers containerized ocean transport between the US and foreign countries. The industry has consolidated, from over 20 major ocean carriers, to only 11 today, grouped into 3 Alliances, providing unprecedented market power, while massive volumes of imports from Asia are overwhelming the entire supply chain.

Ocean carriers are imposing demurrage and detention fees, cumulatively, hundreds of millions of dollars, when they deem exporters and importers are not picking up or returning containers sufficiently quickly. However, because often such delays are not the fault of the shipper, the Federal Maritime Commission determined many of these charges to be unreasonable, promulgated the ‘Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention Under the Shipping Act’, prohibiting them; but which it has been unable to enforce, carriers continue to impose them, unfairly.

Meanwhile, global demand for US exports, primarily agriculture and forest products, remains strong, even with growing competition from other source countries. Currently, ocean carriers are declining to carry US export cargo to Asia, while taking containers back to Asia empty, in order to more quickly load US-bound Asian exports, which generate higher carrier freight rates/revenue. Today, the total number of containers leaving the US is at an all-time high, but the number of those containers loaded with export cargo is lower than at any time since 2015. This is causing US ag exporters to lose approximately 22% of export sales, as they cannot ship to foreign customers, affordably/dependably.

About the Almond Alliance 
The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community. 

 

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit https://almondalliance.org/ or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.