About Us

Who We Are

The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers.  The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers.

The California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission represent the California walnut industry, made up nearly 100 handlers and 4,800+ growers.

California walnuts are over 99% of U.S. production of English walnuts and two-thirds of the world trade.

The California Walnut industry is built on core values which include operating with honesty and integrity. Our mandates, as a federal marketing order and state commission, necessitate an environment of equity, inclusion and respect in compliance with USDA federal and California state policies that prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital/familial/parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, or because all or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance programs.

The California Walnut Board and Commission’s full non-discrimination statement can be found here.

The California Walnut Board

The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The CWB is governed by a Federal Walnut Marketing Order. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the United States through publicity and educational programs. The Board also provides funding for walnut production and post-harvest research.

The California Walnut Commission

The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The Commission is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CWC is mainly involved in health research and export market development activities.

As part of a healthy diet, walnuts are beneficial in reducing the risk certain diseases. From cancer to diabetes, learn more about our areas of study.

Interested in advertising or marketing opportunities? Meet our agencies.

Both the California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission have standing committees to provide recommendations to the full boards as well as staff. 

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