Almond Board of California (ABC) announced Jan. 20 is the deadline for filing nominations for the 10 open positions on its Board of Directors. The board members meet several times a year, and are responsible for influencing the strategic direction of ABC. Serving on the board offers those in the industry the opportunity to give back with their leadership and expertise.
One independent grower member and one alternate position are open for nomination. To be considered, each candidate must be an almond grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent almond growers (verified by ABC).
Additionally, two independent handler member positions and two alternate positions are open for nomination. They are one-year term and three-year term positions. Handlers must declare their candidacy, in writing, to ABC by the deadline in order for their name to be placed on the ballot.
Finally, one cooperative grower member and one alternate member as well as one cooperative handler member and one alternate member will be selected through their respective cooperative associations.
The grower petitions and handler declarations must be submitted to ABC by Jan. 20. The address: Almond Board of California, 1150 9th Street, Suite 1500, Modesto, CA 95354.
ABC ensures industry compliance with marketing order regulations, and is responsible for administering all aspects of the Federal Marketing Order. It also serves the almond industry in other major areas: production research; generic advertising and public relations; and accumulation, compilation, and dissemination of statistical information.
The USDA, which oversees Federal Marketing Orders, would like to enhance the diversity of Almond Board and is encouraging eligible women, minorities and people with disabilities to consider running for a position on the Board. It is the USDA’s goal that marketing order boards and committees reflect the diversity of the industries they serve.