Walnut grower Conant talks with a friend near his walnut groves in Rio Oso, California

 
Walnut grower Conant talks with a friend near his walnut groves in Rio Oso, California
Walnut grower Matt Conant (L) talks with friend Ruben Chavez next to Conant's hulling machinery near his walnut groves in Rio Oso, California February 23, 2012. "There's a lot of uncertainty right now," says Conant, a walnut grower, former supplier to Diamond Foods and district director of the California Farm Bureau Federation. An accounting scandal over the payments made by the largest U.S. walnut processor Diamond Foods Inc to its growers has hurt their confidence in the company. Picture taken February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Durell (UNITED STATES - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS)