Almond Board sets Jan. 20 as deadline for nominations for several board posts

The Almond Board of California announced Jan. 20, 2012, as the deadline for filing nomination petitions for two independent grower member positions and two independent grower alternate positions on the Board of Directors for the Almond Board of California.

Each candidate must be a grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent growers of almonds (verified by the Almond Board) in order to be considered for the position. The petition must state the position for which the candidate is nominated and must be filed with the Almond Board of California, 1150 9th Street, Suite 1500, Modesto 95354.

Two independent handler member positions and two independent handler alternate positions are also available. Handlers must declare their candidacy, in writing, to the Almond Board no later than Jan. 20, 2012, in order for their name to be placed on the ballot for the positions. One cooperative grower member and alternate nominee will be selected through their cooperative association.

The Almond Board of California is the agency established to administer the Federal Marketing Order for almonds. The board ensures industry compliance with marketing order regulations and is responsible for administering all aspects of the 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees Federal Marketing Orders, would like to enhance the diversity of the Almond Board and is encouraging eligible women, minorities and people with disabilities to consider running for a position on the board. It’s the USDA’s goal, according to a news release, that marketing order boards and committees reflect the diversity of the industries they serve.

For further information call Sue Olson, associate director, Statistics and Compliance, (209) 343-3224.