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Easier Than Ever to Be in Sustainability Program

With the new year comes a brand-new season for the California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP)! Participating is now easier than ever with the new sustainability website, www.sustainablealmondgrowing.org.

If you’re new to the program, you can start fresh and complete a self-assessment of one or more of your orchards in any or all of the module options of Irrigation Management, Air Quality, Pest Management, Energy Efficiency or Nutrient Management. Self-assessments are simply a series of yes/no questions about your current growing practices. Growers can complete assessments using information off the tops of their heads most of the time, and it takes anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to complete a module. Once you complete a module for one block or orchard, there is a cloning tool online to copy your answers to different, but similarly managed, orchards.

If you’ve participated in a physical workshop in the past and have completed a self-assessment, contact Kendall Barton by email or by phone at (209) 343-3245 to receive your username and password. All of your information is already in the system! You just need to access it and clone your assessments to the current year or add new orchards or modules in just minutes in your office or at home.

The California Almond Sustainability Program is meant to help tell the story of good environmental stewardship of California Almond growers for audiences such as regulators, buyers and consumers. The way we can tell a good story on behalf of growers is through growers voluntarily filling out these assessments and answering questions like “Was the annual amount of water used monitored and tracked to manage water use efficiency?” about their growing operations. These statistics help give the Almond Board proof to back up a good story of stewardship. If you have any questions, would like to learn more, or want to get involved with CASP and tell your story, please contact Kendall Barton.

For those growers interested in learning more about the California Almond Sustainability Program or who would prefer to fill out paper assessments, a physical workshop will be held at the Almond Board of California on Friday, Jan. 31, from 10:00 am to noon. We’ll take a little time to go over the program, fill out a couple of modules, and then end with a great lunch before we send you back to the ranch! If you’d like to attend the January workshop or have any questions about the online system or CASP in general, contact Kendall Barton.

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