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.