The Walnut Buying Period begins November 1, as required by Yuba County’s nut crop theft ordinance, Agricultural Commissioner Stephen Scheer announced today.
The Walnut Buying Period is the declared conclusion of harvest of the Chandler variety of walnuts. Scheer made the declaration after consulting with a committee of walnut growers, during which non-processing walnut buying operations within Yuba County may lawfully purchase and receive walnuts that have not been dried or processed.
The walnut industry has been vulnerable to theft due to the manner in which the nuts are harvested. Typically the walnuts are shaken from the trees and left in windrows until they are collected by harvesting equipment. Unfortunately some people steal them from orchards and sell the walnuts illegally. The Walnut Theft Ordinance is intended to deter such activities.
Walnuts are the highest valued agricultural commodity in Yuba County. According to the Yuba County 2015 Crop Report, there were 14,020 harvested acres in Yuba County with a market value of over $52 million.
On September 22, 2014, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the ordinance pertaining to the purchase and sale of walnut crops. In addition to establishing the buying period, the ordinance also establishes requirements regarding the transportation and identification of walnuts as well as requiring “proof of ownership” documentation for possessors and buyers of walnuts.
For further information, including the ordinance, FAQ’s and Proof of Ownership documentation, please visit: http://www.yuba.org/Departments/Ag/
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