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October 8th, 2017 by Dan Block

We are proud to announce we are working with TraceGrow, offering them our market intelligence services to help identify agriculture markets in the United States. Based in Finland, Tracegrow is the only company in the world that has developed an innovative technology to extract and reuse the vital trace elements zinc and manganese from alkaline … + read more

American Pistachio Growers Look to the Future

April 24th, 2017 by Dan Block

One off the most interesting high value crops grown in the Western US is pistachios.  The highly nutritious nuts are grown in California, Arizona and New Mexico and are exported all over the world. I recently had the opportunity of facilitating the strategic planning workshop for the American Pistachio Growers (APG) association headquartered in Fresno, California. The two-day session brought together grower and processor leaders of the American pistachio industry. The group wrestled with key … + read more

U.S. Apple Export Council – Strategic Planning in DC

March 22nd, 2017 by Dan Block

This past January DWB worked with the US Apple Export Council to develop a strategic plan for exporting US apples worldwide. The Council members include the apple producing states of Virginia, New York, Michigan, and California. We met in Washington DC, just two days after the inauguration of President Trump, to work on the plan. I was not … + read more

U.S. Apple Export Council’s Strategic Planning Workshop in DC

January 27th, 2017 by Dan Block

US Apple Export Council (USAEC) board members and representatives met in Washington, DC this week to develop a strategic plan for the council’s international market development programs. Two days following the presidential inauguration, DC seemed back to normal and business as usual as apple industry leaders planned for enhancing US agricultural exports overseas. As principal consultant, I was retained to facilitate this planning process and work with the Council’s executive director to prepare … + read more

Hi Tech Ag Education – Agricultural Business & Technology Institute at Hartnell College

January 21st, 2017 by Dan Block

Hartnell College in Salinas, California sits in the heart of one the most productive and high-value farming regions of the world. As a former agribusiness professor at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California, I recall Hartnell College as one of the premier agricultural community colleges in the Western US. In the last few years Hartnell, through its Agricultural Business & Technology Institute (ABTI), has been building on … + read more

California Olive Committee takes fresh look at Ripe Olive Production Costs

January 4th, 2017 by Dan Block

D.W. Block Associates, LLC (DWB) recently completed study of current production costs for ripe/table olives in California. Table olives have been a traditional crop in California going back to the Spanish ranchos long before California was a state. However, acreages have been declining due, in part, to government subsidized imports from Europe and high hand labor harvesting costs. This study looked at actual costs by interviewing several growers throughout the state both in … + read more

Some significant new facts about global trade

October 31st, 2016 by Dan Block

A recent article in the New York Times about global trade is enlightening. For food and agriculture exporters this is significant and may require re-thinking long term strategies.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/upshot/a-little-noticed-fact-about-trade-its-no-longer-rising.html

The Key to Making Your Supply Chain Function Profitably – A Robust ERP System

March 25th, 2016 by Dan Block

More and more agribusiness firms are focusing on their supply chains as the place to reduce costs and thereby increase profitability. Through our supply chain consulting unit, d2kb™, we often see that one of the big obstacles to improving supply chain efficiency is an outdated or weak ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. An ERP system … + read more

Daniel Block to give Keynote Address at California Olive Oil Council’s Annual Meeting in Monterey, California – March 21

February 4th, 2015 by Elliot Hohn

The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) will meet this coming March for their Annual Member Meeting and Trade Show in Monterey, California. As part of the multi-day event, Daniel Block, principal consultant for DWB, will give the keynote address. The meeting will be an opportunity for COOC to update its members on emerging industry trends … + read more

Big Hope For Big Data

November 4th, 2014 by Elliot Hohn

Having recently returned from the 6th annual Water For Food Global Conference – the main focus of which was “harnessing the data revolution” – the idea of Big Data and its value to farmers has been on my mind a lot lately. Big Data is simply defined as large volumes of information, coming at a high velocity, being delivered in a variety of formats. These data … + read more