California almond growers are facing a challenging week ahead as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, threatening damage to blooming orchards and developing crops. All almond varieties are at significant risk for loss when overnight temperatures reach 28 degrees and below.
While the conditions can vary from the North to the South Central Valley, actual losses are dependent on the minimum temperatures experienced, the length of time at minimum temperatures, the crop’s stage of development, and availability of frost control measures.
With almonds being the first flowering crop and extremely susceptible to frost, Blue Diamond Growers is deeply concerned for our members and all California farmers who are affected by these freeze conditions. Farmers assume tremendous risk with each season depending on weather, markets, and changes in government policy. This freeze reminds us how important it is for farmers to be able to save during the good years in order to survive the tough years.
The current weather conditions could have an impact on all segments of the almond industry and Blue Diamond continues its work to ensure family farms are sustainable during these challenging weather events. The recent Tax Cut and Jobs Act and the 2018 Farm Bill are critical components in helping farmers prepare for uncertain times.
The efforts of the cooperative and the entire Blue Diamond team on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act was so important as it provided tax relief to our family farmers. As big agricultural companies keep their tax break and negotiate the elimination of the new section 199A, we must remember that farmers bear all the risk. We suggest extending the 199A tax relief to all farmers.