May 17th, 2023

Walnut day

The California Walnut Board or Walnut Marketing Board, founded in 1933, supports the California walnut industry.[1] The organization was originally known as the Walnut Control Board, changing its name to the Walnut Marketing Board in 1962 and to the California Walnut Board in 2008.[1][2] Its formation was authorized by the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA).[1]

Under the AAA, the Walnut Control Board was authorized to assess crops and declare a percentage as surplus. Its 1934 assessment designating 30% of the crop as surplus met with local resistance.[3] In 2009, responding to a request from the Board, the United States Department of Agriculture purchased $30 million of the crop, which was distributed to nutrition assistance programs.[4]

The AAA's application to walnuts was affirmed by Federal Marketing Order 984 in 1948. The USDA and the organization date its foundation to that year.[5][6] Federal regulations govern its operations. As of 2008, the Board consisted of five grower representatives, four handler representatives, and one member of the public, all serving two-year terms.[5]

The Board continues to implement the Marketing Order.[7] Its activities now include the promotion of walnuts in the US diet, research funding, product grading, and compilation of crop statistics.[7] The USDA oversees its operations.[8]

An analysis of its domestic marketing program, published in 2002, concluded that its cost-benefit ratio was favorable.

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Pack Rat Day

We’re all a little bit materialistic, and tend to buy, own and hoard more ‘stuff’ than we might really need… We’re all pack rats, hoarders of treasures and possessions. Pack Rat Day encourages us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn’t throw your old belongings, clothes or even rubbish away as it may be useful or valuable in days or years to come.

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Learn To Swim Day

Learn to Swim Day is a day to mark in your diary if you are keen for yourself or your child to learn to swim or to improve on existing skills. It was first celebrated in 2012, by ‘Swimways’ and the day has helped to raise public awareness about the importance of swimming.

Swimming is an important life-skill that everyone should be able to do, so why not celebrate Learn to Swim Day by picking up the phone and booking some lessons at your local pool?

There are many other ways you could mark ‘Learn to Swim Day’.

How about:

Enrolling in a First Aid or Life Guarding Class.
Hosting a pool party if you are lucky enough to have a heated pool.
Making time for a regular family swim at weekends.
Educating your children about all aspects of water safety.

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World Whisky Day

World Whisky Day is all about sharing good company, good times, and good whisky. Not a whisky person? This is a great excuse to give it a try! With events happening all over the world, from large gatherings to groups of friends sampling new varieties, why not try something a bit different?

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