Did you know California is home to 7,600 almond farms? Nearly 90 percent of those farms are family farms, and many are owned and operated by third and fourth-generation farmers. Nearly 70 percent of California almond farms are 100 acres or less. There are 98 almond handlers in California, many of which are family-owned businesses. 

The almond industry has long played a crucial role in all Americans’ economic and nutritional well-being. We are innovative agriculturists who are constantly looking for ways to further the growth and success of the industry. The United States almond industry is instrumental to the preservation of farmland and forms the backbone of many rural communities.

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The almond industry employs approximately 110,000 people.

California’s almond industry provides 80% of the world’s supply of almonds for our largest consumer market, the USA (30%).

The almond industry generates $19.6B in gross revenue for the state of California.

  • almonds (the kernels we all eat & use as ingredients)
  • almond shells (used in biofuel, livestock bedding, sustainable plastics, etc.)
  • almond hulls (used in animal nutrition/feed).

Almonds also have other environmental benefits and significant carbon capture, which the orchard provides throughout its lifecycle (2.4 tons/acre at the end of the cycle).

  • The almond industry has been actively increasing water use efficiency and reducing water consumption by 33% over the past ten years and is on track to reduce water use by another 30%.
    • HOW? Farmers have installed precision irrigation systems on 85% of all almond acreage, investing in technology for long-term maximum water use efficiency and conservation.
  • Almond farmers continue to lead in developing, investing in, and implementing solutions for long-term water sustainability.
  • Almonds are rich in protein, fibre, vitamin E, calcium, copper, magnesium and riboflavin. They are also a source of iron, potassium, zinc and the B vitamins, niacin, thiamine and folate. A 30-gram serving has 13g of healthy unsaturated fats and 1g of saturated fat.
  • Almond farmers are proud of the communities we support, the plant-based protein we deliver to our consumers, the living, breathing orchards we tend, and the water we are responsible for.