Almond Board: Internship at the Almond Board

Taylor HillmanAlmond Update

The Almond Board of California often has interns working within the organization. Current intern Kimi Phippen tells us about the experience.

Listen to the interview with Phippen:

While Phippen interns within the industry relations department, the Almond Board has other internships available. Among them is a farm advisor internship.

The Almond Board of California, in conjunction with the University of California Cooperative Extension, offers an internship opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students and recent alumni in the agricultural and biological sciences.

The paid internship offers the opportunity to learn about and assist in research and education programs in tree crop production, sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, soil and water sciences, and other disciplines. The intern is also awarded the opportunity for outreach to farmers, pest control professionals and the general public about the science and technologies used in crop production and environmental protection.

About the Almond Board:

At the request of the almond industry, a Federal Marketing Order for almonds was established in 1950. At that time, it dealt primarily with compliance issues, and accordingly, was called the Almond Control Board.  In the 1970’s, recognizing a need to address market development, the name was changed to the Almond Board of California.  While compliance is still a crucial part of its activities, the Board now engages in production, nutrition and market research, advertising and promotion in domestic and international markets, quality control and statistical analysis and dissemination.  As a Federal Marketing Order, it is important to note that the Board is not involved with and is expressly prohibited from setting field or market prices.

The Board is composed of 10 members.  The more than 6,000 almond growers and 104 almond handlers elect the five growers and five handlers in an annual election process held throughout the state.  Once elected, the Board elects its chair and vice-chair.  The Board members give the chair the authority to appoint individuals to standing committees.  Board and committee members serve without compensation. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, recommending budgets and programs to the Secretary of Agriculture for approval, and reviewing program results and effectiveness. The Almond Board is funded by an annual assessment on the marketable kernel weight of almonds.

The Almond Board of California recognizes the diverse makeup of the California almond industry and values contributions offered by its growers and handlers.  The Board seeks to ensure that its programs and policies are inclusive rather than exclusive and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Furthermore, the Board accepts and has adopted the concept of diversity which views society as a mixture of people, all with different cultural backgrounds, and each with a unique perspective and ability to contribute to the process.