Leaders of the Western Pistachio Association include from left: incoming Chairman Jim Zion, Meridian Nut Growers; outgoing Chairman Brian Blackwell, Blackwell Farming Company; Vice-Chairman Gary Smith, Eriksson LLC; Secretary-Treasurer Larry Lowder, Alaki Hollow Farms; Executive Committee member Corky Anderson, Pioneer Nursery, and Executive Director Richard Matoian.
California pistachio growers Andrea and Kevin Gage, left, Gage Farms, Firebaugh, and John Coleman, Coleman Farming Company, Fresno, at the U.S. Pistachio Conference.
Cowboy poet Baxter Black, left, with Steve Seplak, Western Pistachio Association board member and pistachio grower, Willcox, Ariz.
The Wylie brothers, Chris on left and Kevin, both California pistachio growers. Chris is the ranch manager at Agri-World Cooperative while Kevin is a partner at Madera Rancho, both in Madera.
Miss California 2010 Arianna Afsar poses with pistachio grower Henrik Treschow of Eriksson LLC, Visalia, Calif. The pistachio is the new official nut of the Miss California pageant and the U.S Olympic Water Polo team.