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The President of the United States addresses American farmers

Regardless of your political affiliation, having the chance to see the President of the Unites States in real life is a once in a lifetime opportunity. One such opportunity I was beyond excited to get to experience last Monday.  We found out the Wednesday before that President Donald Trump would be the closing session speaker for the American Farm Bureau Meeting. This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation. I was already set to travel to New Orleans for the Annual Meeting as the past chair of California Young Farmers and Ranchers. As I was packing for the trip, I got a text from a friend telling me to check my newsfeed and sure enough it was announced that Trump would be addressing the delegation on Monday morning. So with my bags packed, excitement in my stomach and much anticipation I made my way to New Orleans to join farmers from across the nation.  I got up extra early that Monday morning to get in line and be one of the first 50 or so to go through…

Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…