Potential Pistachio Record and Dairy Pride Act Introduced
**With more pistachio trees coming online this year, growers appear on pace to produce a record crop that could top 1.2 billion pounds, according to American Pistachio Growers.
That would top 2021’s record crop of more than 1.15 billion pounds.
At the trade group’s recent conference in Carlsbad, American Pistachio Growers President Richard Matoian also said port congestion that stranded or delayed nut exports during the pandemic has largely been resolved.
**The USDA says all cattle and calves in the U.S. and Canada combined totaled 101 million head on January 1st, down 3% from a year earlier.
All cows and heifers that have calved totaled 42.9 million head, 3% lower than last year.
All cattle and calves in the U.S. totaled 89.3 million head, down 3%.
And all U.S. cows and heifers that have calved were 38.3 million head, also down 3%.
**Representatives from five states introduced the bipartisan DAIRY PRIDE Act.
The legislation will prevent non-dairy products from using a dairy label and misaligning nutrient-scant products with the nutritious dairy products produced by American farmers.
Wisconsin Rep Derrick Van Orden says, “Milk comes from a mammal, it’s that simple.”
The Act will require products derived from seeds, plants, algae, and nuts to no longer get mislabeled with terms like milk, yogurt, and cheese.