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Reporting Sustainability — Mel Machado, Chair of Environmental Committee

The California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) is now entering its sixth year, and information gathered thus far confirms what many in our industry have been saying: Almond growers are excellent stewards of the resources needed to produce their crops.

The collective data has been used to create the first — or baseline — report documenting the practices growers employ to produce their crops, as well as areas in which growers would like additional information to improve their operations. Some of the information has already been published, and you’ll be seeing more in the coming months.

While the report reveals a lot to be proud of, much work remains. It is important that we are able to demonstrate our industry has made improvements in practices that reduce fertilizer and pesticide inputs, and, therefore, the risks of nitrate and pesticide contamination of water resources. Customers and consumers are watching to see how growers manage their resources.

For those of you who have already participated in CASP, I thank you and ask that you continue your participation by adding data on more of your orchards or by completing additional modules. For those of you who have not yet completed a module, I ask that you please participate in this vital program by attending a workshop in your area or by signing up for online access.

Sincerely,
Mel Machado, Chair
Environmental Committee

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