California produces 80% of the world’s almonds, which may be a surprise to many. Maintaining that market position on a global basis takes legwork, and more. Todd Fitchette with Western Farm Press got a glimpse of that work in his conversation with Clay Hamilton, associate administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
In their discussion, Hamilton outlines trade work the organization does to support the almond industry, which helps the U.S. maintain it’s No. 1 position. And Fitchette also got insights on specialty crops, which while important in California, are also valuable in other parts of the country. It’s an interesting peek inside the work it takes to maintain global market positions for key crops. Give it a listen.
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