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California is the only state that produces almonds commercially. The 2012 almond crop totaled 2.0 billion pounds, a 2 percent drop from the previous year, and was valued at $4.3 billion, an 8 percent increase from 2011 (NASS 2013). Per person consumption of almonds in the United States has generally been increasing and reached 1.8 pounds in 2011 (Almond Board of California).

The United States remains the largest producer of almonds, harvesting 80 percent of the world's crop, followed by the European Union-27, mainly Spain, and Australia, which each harvest 6 percent (Almond Board of California).  July 2013 ...  Almonds


  • Almond Board of California - This California trade association is charged with promoting almonds. The Board seeks to expand the domestic and international markets for almonds through generic public relations, advertising and nutrition research.
  • Almond Hullers and Processors Association (AHPA) - This Association is an almond hulling/shelling and processing industry trade association, dedicated to promoting growth and progress for all its members.
  • Almonds, Tree Nuts: World Markets & Trade, Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA, October 2012.
  • Blue Diamond Growers - This is the world's largest tree nut processing and marketing company, with about 3,000 California almond growers.
  • Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
  • Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), FAS, USDA.
  • International Tree Nut Council (INC) - The INC's mission is to endorse activities that provide its membership new opportunities for increasing global consumption of almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.
  • Noncitrus Fruits & Nuts, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA.
  • Northern Nut Growers Association, Inc. (NNGA), http://www.icserv.com/nnga/, http://www.northernnutgrowers.org/ or http://www.nutgrowing.org/ - The NNGA brings together people interested in growing nut trees. Their members include experts in nut tree cultivation, nut growers, nut tree breeders, nurserypeople and foresters. The NNGA Web site provides articles, research papers and monographs on nuts, nut tree growth and nut tree culture. A summary of some of these articles and a listing of books that can be borrowed is on the site. Also, there is an expert FAQ, as well as a listing of member services and products.
  • Nuts, U.S. per capita food availability, ERS, USDA.
  • Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association - This association provides a forum for the processors and manufacturers of peanuts, tree nuts and related products, and the suppliers of goods and services.
  • Price for Whole Almond Hulls, Ag Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - Almond hulls are used in polishing media and other industrial products and applications.


Businesses/Case Studies

  • Billion-pound baby: high-octane almond orchards fuel sustained growth as Blue Diamond expands global market reach, Rural Cooperatives magazine, Rural Business - Cooperative Service, USDA, 2007.
  • Hopeton Farms, The New American Farmer, SARE, NIFA, USDA, 2005 - The owners of this nut orchard in Snelling, California, grow almonds on 2,100 acres and organic walnuts on 65 acres.
  • Stewart & Jasper Orchards - This third-generation Newman, California, farm has been in the almond business since 1948. 

Links checked July 2013.

Related Links

Fruits and Nuts: 2007 and 2002, 2007 Census of Agriculture, USDA, 2009.



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