Almonds are among the most popular nuts consumed in the United States, and have a government-approved health claim. Last year's crop came in at $1.8 billion.
The majority of almond growers, mostly larger farms, have no complaints. Not so with smaller growers. After some initial setbacks, a group of them won an appeal that brings them one step closer to achieving their goal: Directly challenging a 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture rule mandating pasteurization of all domestically gro