Air Quality Issues and the
California Almond Industry
Air Quality in the Central Valley of California is a prime focus of the almond industry. The state's almond industry is addressing the concerns about air emissions generated by almond production practices with research funded by growers through the Almond Board of California and working in partnership with the University of California, the public and government regulators.
California almond growers face
challenges on these air quality fronts:
Current Almond Board Activity
Current regulatory and legislative activities click here.
Air quality in the news--click here for the latest headlines on air quality issues affecting California almond growers.
For more information on the Almond Board's Environmental Committee, click here.
“Low-dust” harvester manufactured by Flory Industry is shown at work during the Kern County 2004 harvest. (Photo courtesy Flory Industry)
Personal Commitment to Air Quality
Almond growers in the San Joaquin Valley are adopting environmentally friendly practices as they work to enhance air quality. Fresno County grower Tom Steffen uses a mix of molasses and water to suppress dust on his orchard's road. Click here (requiresAdobe Acrobat Reader) to read more about how almond growers are meeting the challenge of improving air quality.
Environmental Champion Award
The EPA recognized the California almond industry for its leadership on environmental issues when it named the Almond Board a Champion for Pesticide Environmental Stewardship. Click here to learn more.