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Almond Board Election Underway

Almond Board
Voting begins Jan. 26, 2018

Voting will begin Jan. 26 to select two independent grower member and alternate positions and two independent handler member and alternate positions.  These positions will serve as directors for the Almond Board of California (ABC) with the terms beginning on March 1, 2018.

Candidates for the independent grower position are:

Position One, Member (One year term):                          Position One, Alternate:

Mike Mason, Wasco (incumbent)                                    Brad Klump, Escalon (incumbent)


Position Three, Member (Three year term):                     Position Three, Alternate:

Holly King, Bakersfield (incumbent)                                Caleb Gervase, Escalon (incumbent)

Dave DeFrank, Fresno (petitioner)


Candidates for the independent handler positions are:

Position Two, Member (Three-year term):                       Position Two, Alternate:

Todd Meyer, Chico (incumbent)                                      Dexter Long, Ballico (incumbent)


Position Three, Member (One-year term):                       Position Three, Alternate:

Micah Zeff, Modesto (incumbent)                                   Dinesh Bajaj, Chico (incumbent)


Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers whose names are on file with ABC.  The Almond Board must receive ballots by Feb. 15, 2018 for them to be counted.  If an independent grower does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting Bunnie Ibrahim at (209) 343-3228.

As a governing body for the industry, the ABC Board of Directors is comprised of five handler and five grower representatives who set policy and recommend budgets in several major areas including: production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.

For More Information:

Bunnie Ibrahim

(209) 343-3228

About the Almond Board of California

California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.