The Almond Conference is December 6-8, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Register online and get more information at almondconference.com.
From the Almond Board:
Every year in December, the Almond Board of California hosts The Almond Conference, which provides opportunities for growers and processors to interact with researchers and influential industry members on industry research, production news and regulatory issues. The three-day conference also features workshops and poster sessions dedicated to research topics, as well as presentations on global and local marketing programs.
Conference attendees can expect to network with key leaders of the almond industry, including decision-makers, buyers, growers, handlers and industry experts. As the top industry event, the Conference brings groundbreaking information and innovative solutions to the attendees — key trends that keep almonds at the forefront of the global food industry.
The Almond Conference also provides attendees the opportunity to see the latest products and access new equipment via the trade show, which is home to more than 200 companies in the almond industry exhibiting their newest materials and services.
About the Almond Board of California:
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.