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Shipping trouble hangs over almond growers


In this November file photo, almonds grow in Kyle McClintock's orchard in Mettler.

Now that snow is piled high on the Sierra Nevada, water concerns appear to have been overtaken by logistical headaches as the top worry facing Kern County almond growers this year.

People in the industry say port congestion has combined with a shortage of truck drivers and other supply-chain problems to frustrate local farmers and processors working to get their product to overseas consumers who, as a group, account for more than two-thirds of the state's almond crop.