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HOW WE GROW MAR/APR 2021 | ISSUE 14 Heart for Farming, Soul for Service It is incredibly rare for one individual to touch all facets of the California almond industry in their lifetime. Even more rare is for that person to actively engage in their local community, sincerely know their employees and take time to offer guidance with no regard for personal gain. Jim Paiva was that person, and more. Page 2 Page 5 Page 7 Page 9 Wasted Water, Wasted Dollars: How Much Are You Losing? Leaks happen. Whether from components at the pump station or throughout the system to the last lines, irrigation leaks seem to be ever-present in the orchard. They can appear negligible at the source, but when added up the volume of underutilized water – and the energy and cost to move it – can be quite surprising. Potential Win-Win for Almonds, Poultry and Dairy With 527 million chickens in the United States consuming rations daily to provide eggs and meat for the nation's tables, the economic opportunity to be part of the poultry industry's nutritional strategy amounts to a lot more than "chickenfeed." Nitrogen Best Management Practices Nitrogen management is a balancing act. While on one hand growers are careful to fully satisfy the nutrient demands of their crop, excess nitrogen not only wastes money but can lead to nitrate leaching, susceptibility to hull rot and difficulty in shaking. Honoring Jim Paiva, ABC's 2020 Almond Achievement Award winner

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