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Almond Board of California Announces 2014 Election

(Modesto, CA, December 20) – The Almond Board of California announced January 20, 2014 as the deadline for filing nomination petitions for one independent grower member position and one independent grower alternate position 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, California 95354.

Additionally, two independent handler member positions and two independent handler alternate positions are available. Handlers must declare their candidacy, in writing, to the Almond Board no later than January 20, 2014 in order for their name to be placed on the ballot for these positions.

A cooperative handler member and alternate nominee, as well as a 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 assures 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 is the USDA’s goal that marketing order Boards and Committees reflect the diversity of the industries they serve. Diversity brings about real, long-lasting change made from decisions guided by the diverse members of an organization.

For further informinformation call: Sue Olson - Associate Director, Marketing Order Services, (209) 343-3224.

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