Almond farming becoming less popular in California

Results of a study show that almond acreage has retreated in the Golden State for the past two years.
Almond harvest is full-swing Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at 150-acre Almond orchard near Avenue 184 in Porterville, Calif. (AP Photo/The Porterville Recorder, Chieko Hara)

The amount of farmland devoted to growing almonds in California has decreased for the second consecutive year.

A report given to the Almond Board of California shows almonds are becoming a less attractive crop for growers. 


The big picture: According to the report, almond acreage pulled out of production increased by over a third, while new plantings were down almost as much from the previous year. 

  • The decrease in almond acreage is a response to global demand that has not kept up with in-state production.
  • The report indicates that almond acreage is expected to decrease further in 2024.
  • Total acreage dropped in California by around 74,000 acres, marking the first time the state has experienced a decrease two years in a row since 1995. 
  • California has about 1.56 million acres dedicated to farming almonds. 

What they’re saying: Almond Board of California President and CEO Richard Waycott said the report continues to point to a reduction in total acreage by fewer new plantings and an increase in orchard removals. 

  • “The 1.37 million bearing acreage in 2023 established a new record, reflecting plantings in 2020 or earlier, but going forward, the analysis points to a lowering of bearing acreage in 2024,” Waycott said in a statement.
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