Almond Board: Leadership Program Personal Experience

Taylor Hillman Almond Update

Almond Leadership ProgramWe have the third installment in our series on the Almond Leadership Program. Almond Board of California offers a one-year leadership training that inspires and prepares almond community members to join a network of leaders meeting the challenges of a changing industry.

Listen to the full report:

Semios Biotechnology Account Manager Brennon Christopher is a participant of the program, and tells us why he got involved.

He tells us what he’s learned through the Almond Leadership Program.

He says he would definitely recommend the program to others.


Applications for the 2018 Almond Leadership Program are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017.

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More from the Almond Board:

 As a member of the Almond Leadership Program, you will: 
• Build relationships with almond community leaders;
• Develop interpersonal relationship and communication skills;
• Become prepared to take leadership roles in almond organizations and your local community;
• Gain an understanding of current social, political, scientific and economic issues facing the almond industry, as well as how to effect change; and
• Learn how all sectors along the almond supply chain work together to provide a safe, sustainable product.
About the Almond Board of California:

Almond Board of California supports growers by developing global market demand for almonds as well as investing in research to address resource efficiencies, food safety and growing practices. The Board does this on behalf of the 6,800 almond growers and 100 processors in California, many of whom are third- and fourth-generation farmers. To keep almonds as a sustainable crop for California, the Board increased and accelerated research investment in key areas like water quality and irrigation practices, pest management, air quality and biomass.

Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In the 1950’s, the Board 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 organization’s name was changed to 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, technical/regulatory issues management and statistical analysis and dissemination. In addition, the Board staff develops educational materials and disseminates information that helps the industry address the challenges facing agriculture. As a Federal Marketing Order, it is important to note that the Board is prohibited from lobbying and setting field or market prices.