Voting will begin today, Jan. 26, to elect directors for the Almond Board of California (ABC), which administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of USDA. Two independent grower member and alternate positions and two independent handler member and alternate positions will be chosen, with the terms beginning on March 1.
Candidates for the independent grower position are:
Position One, Member (One-year term): Mike Mason, Wasco (incumbent) Alternate: Brad Klump, Escalon (incumbent)
Position Three, Member (Three-year term): Holly King, Bakersfield; Dave DeFrank, Fresno (petitioner) Alternate: Caleb Gervase, Escalon (incumbent)
Candidates for the independent handler positions are:
Position Two, Member (Three-year term): Todd Meyer, Chico (incumbent) Alternate: Dexter Long, Ballico (incumbent)
Position Three, Member (One-year term): Micah Zeff, Modesto (incumbent) Alternate: Dinesh Bajaj, Chico (incumbent)
Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers whose names are on file with ABC, which must receive ballots by Feb. 15 for them to be counted. If an independent grower does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting Bunnie Ibrahim at (209) 343-3228.
As a governing body for the industry, the ABC Board of Directors is comprised of five handler and five grower representatives who set policy and recommend budgets in several major areas including production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.