Almond Update: Raising Money for FFA Scholarships

Taylor HillmanAlmond Update, General

Almond UpdateParticipants in the Almond Leadership Program are raising $20,000 for scholarships for FFA members. Rory Crowley, assistant operations manager for Nicolas Nut Company and participant in the Almond Leadership Program, discusses the fundraising effort in this week’s Almond Update.

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He says raising the money for the scholarships brings back a bit of the past for many participants, as most were members of FFA or 4H when they were young. And he says supporting the FFA is important to the leadership program. The fund raising isn’t possible without help from others. Crowley says there are opportunities for everyone to help out.  Both the live and silent auction will take place at this year’s Almond Conference. Businesses or individuals who would like to donate items for the auction are urged to contact Jenny Nicolau at the Almond Board.

The Almond Conference is December 6-8 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration is now open. You can register for free online at

From the Almond Board: The Almond Conference, now in its 44th year, reached several notable milestones in 2015 including surpassing 3,500 registrants (including a 40% increase in grower/handler attendance) and 250 exhibitors. As the largest event for almond industry professionals in the world, The Almond Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with the people, the science, the products and the trends at the forefront of the global almond community. The Almond Conference provides an unparalleled platform for your company to showcase its products, services and offerings to the largest gathering of growers, handlers, suppliers, distributors, marketers and researchers from around the globe.