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January/February 2024
Editor’s Letter: Welcome to 2024!
By Debbie Eisele

I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday season and some well-deserved time off. I know last year’s wild weather growers experienced, especially during the first quarter 2023, placed some additional pressure on tree nut growers across the country, especially on the West Coast. I hope that this new year brings ideal weather conditions, great health and successful harvests.

Here is a look of what is inside the January/February 2024 issue.


This time of year, I know you are busy with sanitization and orchard prep for the upcoming growing season, and thought it would be nice to take a look at sustainability efforts and practices. In the article Sustainable Innovations, we look into the important topic of growers being stewards of the environment.


Learn how one pistachio grower is successfully utilizing byproducts and waste control to help with operations and crop production. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella is the country’s second-largest pistachio grower and processor that processed more than 200 million pounds of pistachios in 2023.


Last year, honeybees struggled in California during almond bloom due to the cold, windy and wet weather conditions. Read the article Data & Novel Technologies from Elina L. Niño, Ph.D. to get more information on honeybees and learn how growers can best support honeybees during pollination.


Additionally, this issue takes a look at BeeHero and the technology used to help provide pertinent data to the growers and beekeepers. The article Precision Pollination details the ways this company utilizes sensors, embedded in the beehives to monitor colony health and performance, and ensure reliable pollination.


Also, business matters are important and this issue offers the second article in the succession planning series. The article, Why Every Operation Needs Two Succession Plans, provides information on how to enact a solid plan for the future of the business.

Succession Plan


Also, late in 2023, we learned more about a new pest, so be sure to read about Carpophilus truncatus and how sanitation is the key to controlling this new pest.


As always, we welcome your feedback — send me an email to let me know what content you would like to see more of in 2024! I welcome the opportunity to learn more about grower successes and challenges.

If you have a story you wish to share with us, please use the QR code here to share information, and I’ll be in touch.

If you are attending the 2024 American Pistachio Growers Annual Conference and want to arrange a time to meet, please email me at

Debbie Eisele is the editorial director for the Specialty Ag Division at Great American Media Services. Publications: Fruit Growers News, Vegetable Growers News, Organic Grower, National Nut Grower, Spudman, Produce Processing, Greenhouse Product News, Big Grower, Hemp Production News, Cannabis Product News

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