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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

Salinas – “The Salad Bowl of the US” & Hartnell College

April 24th, 2017 by Dan Block

For the past several months I have had the privilege to work with the Agricultural Business & Technology Institute (ABTI) at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. My firm’s role has been to support the strategic planning process at ABTI as it looks to the future to meet the needs of the changing agricultural industry as well as the students seeking to improve their lives through technical training and education. The college has initiated some … + 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

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

Driscoll’s finds that “less is more” when it comes to groundwater use in California

August 8th, 2014 by Elliot Hohn

If you’ve opened up a newspaper anywhere in the United States in the past four months you’ve probably read about the drought in California. The entire state has been in some level of drought since May, and as of August 5th more than 80% of the state is considered to be experiencing an “extreme” or … + read more