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Olive Imports from Spain Have Big Impact on California Growers

September 21st, 2017 by Dan Block

In July, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, announced the initiations of new antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations to determine if imports of ripe olives from Spain are being dumped in the United States, and whether producers in Spain (the world’s biggest olive producer) are receiving alleged unfair subsidies.  U.S. Olive Farmers See Spanish Practices As A Threat to the Industry and Livelihood In early 2017, the California … + 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