ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

California farmers ban together to fight
nut rustlers

yeah.

This harvest season in the Central Valley, thieves cut through a fence and hauled off $400,000 in walnuts. Another $100,000 in almonds was stolen by a driver with a fake license. And $100,000 in pistachios was taken by a big rig driver who left a farm without filling out any paperwork.

nut rustlers.

“The Wild West is alive and well in certain aspects,” said Danielle Oliver of the California Farm Bureau….

The Farm Bureau: an NGO.

Domestic demand for specialty foods and an expanding Asian market for them have prompted a nut orchard boom in the state’s agricultural heartland.

an expanding Asian market aaaaaand there ya have it.

As the nation’s top nut producer, the state grows more almonds and pistachios than any other country. Only China produces more walnuts, which have nearly tripled in price in the last five years to about $2 a pound, according to the California Walnut Board.

When business is in a regulatory choke hold, people make …other arrangements. As goes CA so goes the Nation.

19 Comments!

  1. Strnj1
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 9:36 am |

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  2. Fawkes News (отказник)
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 9:37 am |

    I don’t think anyone will disagree with the statement that California is the nation’s top producer of nuts.

  3. DougM (Bison Party)
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 9:47 am |

    Hey, nut rustlers ain’t doin’ nuthin’ the state gov’t ain’t'a doin’.
    Reckon the answer’s the same … string ‘em up, Sheriff.

  4. geezerette
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 11:12 am |

    California—Land of fruit pot and nuts.

  5. mike
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm |

    What has America come to? We can’t even keep up with our nuts now.

  6. JoeBandMember ≠
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm |

    Don’t mess with farmers.

  7. mech
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm |

    Don’t they know to cover their nuts?

  8. DougM (Bison Party)
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm |

    What’s next … fruits?

  9. Abernathy Cranston III
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm |

    This is similar to copper and other valuable metals being stripped from construction sites and expensive plants being stolen from new subdivisions in the middle of the night. This happens in SoCal.

  10. kiboshed
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 2:06 am |

    Fe Fi Fo Fum — I smell the blood of an spammer dork.

  11. Hopefulone
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 4:43 am |

    Asians? …as in the people who crashed hijacked planes into the WTC and Pentagon, blew up trains in Madrid, blew up nightclubs in Bali, blew up the entrance to the Jakarta Marriott, blew up subways in London, blew up an SUV in front of the Glasgow airport, and hundreds of other maiming and killing incidents? Good thing they can get themselves others’ pistachios and almonds.

    BTW, the site looks OK here on IE 11 and Firefox 26.

  12. logdogsmith
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 6:02 am |

    Interesting note on central valley nuts: CA environmental regulations have made the small dairy farmers close shop. Lots of family dairies being converted to nut orchards.

  13. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 7:32 am |

    Same on the farms, Abernathy Cranston III @9. Pumps disappearing overnight, wire, all sorts of metal equipment…

    Also, logdogsmith @12, it is not sure the CA cattle industry will survive the drought — much less Brown’s Canals…

    Apparently, the Powahs That Be believe people can eat Gloogle’s output.

  14. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

    The Central Valley, America`s Garden, is populated with a zillion illegal aliens. No wonder the theft of everything is going straight up the chart!!!!!!

  15. pete
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm |

    hoo the hell needs a drivers license in cali-xico??
    30-35 million illegal alien invaders cant be wrong

  16. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm |

    ^Claire (13) eat Gloogle’s output
    That sounds like the new soylent green. Just add nuts.

  17. mech
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm |

    So are they going to have to microstamp nuts now?

    Will it be a microbrand on each nut to confound nut rustlers?

    Vigilante Mr. Peanut has crosshair on his monocle.

  18. TheOldMan
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 10:58 am |

    This too shall pass as soon as yet another “endangered” species is discovered and more water is removed from agricultural use.

  19. DougM (Bison Party)
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm |

    It’s drivin’ me nuts.