When it comes to The 2012 Almond Conference, moving to Sacramento means more room and more opportunities to learn about things important to the California Almond industry.
This year’s event will be held December 11–13 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Starting on Tuesday, there will be a California Almond Sustainability Program workshop followed by the opening reception and welcome from Almond Board of California (ABC) president and CEO Richard Waycott and the newly appointed ABC chairperson.
Educational presentations take place Wednesday and Thursday. Similar to past conferences, there will be Crop of Choice and Nut of Choice tracks focused on environmental/production research and marketing updates, respectively. All general and special presentations will be on the third floor of the Convention Center.
The expanded Almond Industry Trade Show and poster session area also opens on Wednesday. With a trade show floor that is almost double the size of the one in Modesto, you can expect to see a variety of new industry exhibitors. Also new this year, special projects from Almond Leadership Program participants will join posters detailing research projects focused on almond nutrition, as well as food quality and safety. The trade show and all meal events will take place in the exhibit hall on the first floor.
Other changes include:
- A silent auction on Wednesday and Thursday featuring items donated by trade show exhibitors. All proceeds will go to fund FFA scholarships.
- The evening of Wednesday, Dec. 12, is available for you to network with key industry members on your own.
- The Gala Dinner will move to Thursday evening, following the final conference session.
Attendee conference registration begins July 3, but hotels are filling up fast, so be sure to make your reservations soon (keeping in mind the Gala Dinner on Thursday). Visit the conference website for more information.