Yesterday was National Almond Day! Did you forget to celebrate? That’s okay! Because the Almond Board of California (ABC) has announced a new program to invest $4.7 million in 82 independent research projects aimed at exploring next-generation farming and sustainability practices.
The research program will be strengthened by grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program. Funding will be directed toward a wide variety of areas including improving air quality, irrigation efficiency, and honey bee populations.
Today’s Video of the Day comes thanks to the ABC and celebrates the efforts of California almond community to build a foundation of research and continually evolve its practices.
“This commitment helps ensure that almond farmers and the industry as a whole have the tools to implement sustainable production practices that result in a plentiful, nutritious and safe food product for consumers the world over to enjoy,” said Gabriele Ludwig, ABC Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs.
The Almond Board was launched in 1973 and has prioritized sustainable water use and the protection of the honey bees that pollinate the crops. Thanks to their work, California almond growers have reduced the amount of water used to grow a pound of almonds by 33% since 1982.
“By continually investing in research, we challenge ourselves to do more and continue to pave the way for almonds to be an economically, environmentally and socially responsible crop for California,” added Richard Waycott, CEO of the Almond Board.
By: Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Source: Almond Board of California