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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

North Dakotans Reconsider a Corporate Farming Ban, and Their Values – Timely read in NYT by Julie Bosman

June 16th, 2016 by Dan Block

It is interesting what North Dakotans are facing regarding their famers and farmland. It is a challenge to find that balance between growth and efficiencies while still preserving the competitiveness of small and mid-sized farms and important qualities of life. Take a read: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/13/us/north-dakotans-reconsider-a-corporate-farming-ban-and-their-values.html?_r=0

Farm Education – The Chicken and the Egg – Bainbridge Island Kids Learn about Agriculture

May 6th, 2016 by Dan Block

Our office is located on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State called, Bainbridge Island. For many years the island was a farming community especially known for its delicious Marshall variety of strawberries. So well known were these strawberries that in 1939 a special shipment was sent from Bainbridge Island up to Vancouver, B.C., to be served to King George VI on … + read more

Farmers – The Original Earth Day Folks – Useful Read on MSNBC by Naomi Starkman

April 22nd, 2016 by Dan Block

    I found this article on MSNBC simple and helpful. Especially for folks who don’t see where their food comes from. Everyday is Earth Day for Farmers – http://on.msnbc.com/1SgFwio dwb

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

DWB Launches d2kb – Sustainable Agribusiness Supply Chains

December 3rd, 2013 by dwblock

In response to our clients’ requests for support in developing and streamlining their supply chains, DWB has launched a new business unit – d2kb. The mission of d2kb is to provide sustainable solutions to enhancing customer satisfaction while reducing costs within the supply chain – from field production through the plant and processing stages to … + read more

California Granny’s are Free at Last!

November 15th, 2013 by dwblock

In our completed study for the California Apple Commission we found that their efforts to get rid of the starch iodine testing requirement for granny smith apples has allowed growers to make more money! Granny smith growers are now free to go to market when they determine their own fruit is ready.  Individual farmers  making … + read more