About Almond Board of California
In 1950, almond growers asked the United States Department of Agriculture to approve a Federal Marketing Order, so they could all work together to improve the quality and marketing of their crop. At that time, the Almond Board of California (then called the Almond Control Board) dealt primarily with compliance issues. Over the years, our scope has broadened. While compliance is still a crucial part of our activities, the Almond Board now engages in production, nutrition and market research, advertising and promotion in domestic and international markets, quality control and statistical analysis and dissemination.
Today we call ourselves an agricultural promotion group to help people better understand various types of marketing orders. Agricultural promotion groups work in different ways, but essentially they are founded and funded by industry members. In our case, almond handlers contribute an annual assessment on the marketable kernel weight of almonds to fund Almond Board marketing and research programs.
The Almond Board of Directors is composed of ten members. The more than 6,500 almond growers and 104 almond handlers elect five almond growers and five almond handlers in an annual election. Once elected, the Board of Directors elects its chair and vice-chair. The Board of Directors 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.
All programs approved by the Board of Directors are implemented and managed by Almond Board staff with messaging and program oversight from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This ensures that all of our messages comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations.
As a Federal Marketing Order, it is important to note that the Almond Board is not involved with and is expressly prohibited from setting field or market prices.
1150 Ninth Street, Suite 1500
Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 549-8262
Fax: (209) 549-8267
- With its ideal growing conditions, including a mild climate, rich soil, and abundant sunshine, California is the world’s largest producer of almonds, supplying about 80% of the global demand.
- There are around 6,800 California Almond farms. Of those, 91% are family farms, many of which our owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation farmers.
- North America is the top world destination for California Almonds at 36% share of shipments by region. Followed by Western Europe at 29% and Asia-Pacific at 25% share of shipments by region.
- Almonds remain the #1 nut in global new product introductions since 2007.
- The California Almond community supports 104,000 total jobs in the state of California, about 97,000 of which are in the Central Valley.
- Almonds grow on 13% of California’s irrigated farmland, but use only 9% of the state’s agricultural water or less than 4% of the state’s total managed water.” 
- For more than 30 years, the Almond Board, has been researching and implementing techniques to make the most of our precious water resources. In fact, state-of-the-art farming and production developments over the past two decades have helped almond growers reduce the amount of water they use per pound of almonds grown by 33 percent.