Category: Mark’s Corner

Resolutions For A Successful 2016

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln It’s that time of year again when people all over the world set New Year’s resolutions for the year to come. Just like everyone else, the management team and board...

“Innovation in anything, but business as usual.” – Anonymous

For Blue Diamond, business as usual is dramatically changing. We are dedicated to value-added almond product development, business expansions to meet demand and leading grower returns. With several years of success, we are establishing ourselves as the almond handler of choice. Our growers have always valued the power of the...

Advocating for Free Trade

“As the leader of the West and as a country that has become great and rich because of economic freedom, America must be an unrelenting advocate of free trade.” –Ronald Reagan  With the worst drought in 1,200 years, uncertainty in water policy, declining almond crop yields, almond supply shortages and rising prices,...

“Facts are Stubborn Things” – John Adams

The headlines have been unavoidable. Almonds have been painted as our state’s “thirstiest” crop but what these stories lack is context. Blue Diamond’s management team has been collaborating with industry experts to communicate the facts about agricultural water use to the media and our urban neighbors. According to a recent editorial...

Thoughts on this Historic Drought: Continuing the conversation

Yesterday the Los Angeles Times reported a strong story sharing the perspective of almond growers. Here is an excerpt from the story that I wanted to share: Almonds, the demons of drought? Frustrated growers tell another story                Farmers are by necessity a...

Thoughts on this Historic Drought: Seeking Clarity

The drought that farmers have been responding to for some time has finally captured the attention of the general public, due in large part to the Governor’s recent announcement of mandatory cuts in water usage in urban and suburban parts of the state. The most common question from people...

Almond Prices: A New Normal

The spectacular and extended rise in almond prices has the industry concerned that we have reached the peak. Many of you have lived through rising and falling prices. You may even recall there has been a five-year pattern to almonds prices. As we enter the fifth year of rising...

“And it was just right.” Goldilocks

On June 30, NASS released their Objective Estimate of 2.1 billion pounds.  It would make the coming crop a new record, although only 5% higher than current crop.  The industry was surprised.  Forecasts were generally lower due to drought impact and extrapolating some challenging local conditions.  I see this...