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Almond Board of California 2020 Election Results

For Immediate Release June 2, 2020   For More Information: Desiree Silva (209) 343-3260 dsilva@almondboard.com (Modesto, Calif.) — The Almond Board of California has released election results for the Board of Directors positions whose terms of office will run from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021. The names of the following nominees have been submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for selection: Independent Grower Member Position One (one-year term):                     Paul Ewing, Los Banos           Alternate Position One:                                              Joe Gardiner, Earlimart              Independent Handler Member Position One (three-year term):                   Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers Alternate Position One:                                              Ron Fisher, Modesto Member Position Three (one-year term):                   Darren Rigg, Le Grand             Alternate Position Two:                                              Chad DeRose, McFarland      Cooperative Grower Member Position One (three-year term):                   George Goshgarian Jr., Fowler          Alternate Position One:                                              Christine Gemperle, Ceres            Cooperative Handler Member Position Two (three-year term):                  Bill Morecraft, Sacramento      Alternate Position Two:                                             Alicia Rockwell, Sacramento
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USDA-NASS Predicts Third Straight Record-Breaking Almond Crop

MODESTO, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting a record California almond crop for the third straight year. The USDA-NASS 2020 California Almond Subjective Forecast estimates California almond orchards will produce 3.0 billion pounds of nuts this year, up 17.6 percent from last year’s 2.55 billion-pound crop. Forecasted yield is expected to reach 2,380 pounds per acre, 10.2 percent greater than the 2019 yield of 2,160 per acre.[i] This forecast comes about three weeks after USDA-NASS released the 2019 California Almond Acreage Report, which estimated total almond acreage for 2019 up 10 percent from 2018 at 1.53 million acres. Bearing acres – orchards mature enough to produce a crop – were reported at 1.18 million acres, up 8 percent from the previous year. USDA-NASS also estimated preliminary bearing acreage for 2020 at 1.26 million acres.[ii] “Almond acreage and production continue to increase as California almond growers further invest in precision agriculture and responsible best practices,” said Almond Board of California (ABC) President and CEO Richard Waycott. “Through the industry’s advancements in water use efficiency to environmentally friendly pest management, zero waste efforts in the orchard and beyond, almond growers are committed to achieving our Almond Orchard 2025 Goals and the realization of the California almond orchard of the future.” The first of two production reports for the upcoming crop year, the Subjective Forecast is based on opinions obtained from randomly selected almond growers located throughout the state via a phone survey, this year conducted from April 20 to May 6. USDA-NASS asks individual growers to indicate their total almond yield per acre from last year and expected yield for the current year based on field observations. The sample of growers interviewed is grouped by size of operation, and different individuals are interviewed each year to ensure grower representation throughout the Central Valley. USDA-NASS then combines the yield estimates obtained from each grower and extrapolates the information to arrive at the numbers reported in the Subjective Forecast. This July, USDA-NASS will release its second production estimate, the 2020 California Almond Objective Report. While the Subjective Forecast provides an initial estimate of the 2020/2021 crop, the Objective Report will provide an estimate based on actual almond counts that uses a more statistically rigorous methodology to determine yield. In Dec. 2019, ABC’s Board of Directors approved a strategic approach to further improve the accuracy of USDA-NASS’s reporting. From 2020 on, the Objective Report will include measurements from 1,000 target orchards throughout the state (an increase of 150 samples from 2019) and provide nut counts on not one but two branches per tree. The Objective Report will also provide the weight, size and grade of the average almond sample broken down by growing region – no longer growing district – and variety. The 2020 California Almond Objective Report will be released on Tuesday, July 7, at 12:00 p.m. PT. USDA-NASS conducts the Objective Report, the Subjective Forecast and the Acreage Report to provide the California almond industry with the data needed to make informed business decisions, and thanks all farm operators, owners and management entities for their time in providing the information necessary to create these reports.   [i] USDA-NASS. 2020 California Almond Subjective Forecast. May 2020. [ii] USDA-NASS. 2019 California Almond Acreage Report. April 2020.
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Almond Board of California 2020 Election Underway

(Modesto, Calif.) — Voting will begin April 29 to select one independent grower member and alternate position and two independent handler member and alternate positions on the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors. These positions will serve terms beginning on August 1, 2020.   Candidates for the independent grower position are: Position One, Member (One-year term):                         Position One, Alternate: Paul Ewing, Los Banos (petitioner)                                 Joe Gardiner, Earlimart (petitioner) Louie Ott, Modesto (petitioner)                                       Brad Klump, Escalon (petitioner) Mike Mason, Wasco (petitioner)                                                                                                              Candidates for the independent handler positions are: Position One, Member (Three-year term):                       Position One, Alternate: Terry Boone, Modesto (petitioner)                                  Ron Fisher, Modesto (incumbent) Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers (petitioner) Micah Zeff, Modesto (petitioner)   Position Three, Member (One-year term):                       Position Three, Alternate:           Jonathan Hoff, Denair (petitioner)                                   Chad DeRose, McFarland (petitioner) Darren Rigg, Le Grand (petitioner)                                  Dave Phippen, Manteca (petitioner)   Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers whose names are on file with ABC. The Almond Board must receive ballots by May 27, 2020, for them to be counted. If an independent grower or a handler does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting ABC’s Bunnie Ibrahim, senior analyst, Government Affairs, 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.
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Pro Athlete Kerri Walsh Jennings and California Almonds Want You to Upgrade Your Daily Routine

MODESTO, Calif., April 23, 2020 – How does someone train to become the most decorated beach volleyball player of all-time and still maintain a sense of normalcy in their day-to-day? Kerri Walsh Jennings will tell you it takes a whole lot of mental toughness, resilience and consistently committing to healthy habits fueled by natural energy from foods like almonds. Whether she’s navigating the unpredictable ebbs and flows of life at home with three kids or curveballs in the heat of beach volleyball competition, she preserves her competitive yet composed state by grounding herself in the wellness routines that fuel her every day. California Almonds has teamed up with Kerri to share her best kept secrets to sustaining her energy, no matter what each day brings. Let’s face it – we can all learn a thing or two from the best of the best. According to a recent California Almonds survey that used Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel* and surveyed 4,027 adults, more than 8 out of 10 consumers wish they could pick up a good morning habit. Most adults surveyed (88%) admit that they don’t even prepare a morning snack to keep them satisfied through the day. Kerri’s dedication to meeting her goals, despite any circumstance, forces her to mindfully create healthy habits that we can all replicate and maintain. She relies on naturally nutritious almonds to elevate her energy levels in between drills. “My body needs natural energy-boosting foods to perform my best during the day and radiate love and joy to my kiddos and my hubby at night,” said Kerri. “It’s important to make good choices and do the best I can with the things I can control – from my workouts and stretches to the snacks my family and I enjoy together. For me, choosing almonds and almond milk as my go-tos throughout the day help keep me satiated and steady, no matter what my day looks like.” We get it - remembering to pack a snack every day doesn’t always happen so easy. According to the same survey, people only stick with new habits for about six months on average. So how do we make our routine fueled and foolproof? Kerri is a strong believer that we become what we’re surrounded by. With abundant healthy choices at home and on-the-go, it naturally becomes a habit to snack on nutrient-dense foods. Her signature trail mix is a yummy mix of plant-protein, nutritious vitamins and dietary fiber that keeps her rolling with the crunches: it consists of almonds, tart dried cherries, pitted, dark chocolate chips or carob chips sand dried apple pieces. Whether you’re running a household or working long hours, you may benefit from Kerri’s advice on smart snacking, self-care and creating a vision of success: Kerri’s motto is breath, believe, battle. Whether it’s a new challenge at the gym or a personal obstacle, if you envision yourself taking the necessary steps to achieve success, then you get even closer to achieving it. She prepares healthy snacks like her almond-based trail mix with her kids to spend quality time together and teach them the rad energy-boosting benefits of good nutrition. With ideal amounts of protein and fiber her kids naturally gravitate towards better snacks this way. Kerri is an advocate for generous amounts of self-love and self-care. This means getting a good night’s sleep, maintaining your hydration and nutrition throughout the day, and moving your body in ways that are fun and exciting to you. To learn more, visit www.almonds.com/kwj About Kerri Walsh Jennings Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, who competes on the U.S. AVP Tour and internationally on the FIVB World Tour. She is the most decorated beach volleyball player of all time being a three-time gold medalist, and a one-time bronze medalist. Recently Walsh Jennings and husband Casey Jennings co-founded p1440, a new beach volleyball-centric digital media company aimed at bringing more prize money and attention to the sport through live streaming, storytelling, training and tournaments. The media company, p1440, was coined from Walsh Jennings' motto that people should spend all 1,440 minutes of every day with a purpose. She is also a mom to Joey (9), Sundance (8), and Scout (5), who she was pregnant with during the 2012 Olympics in London. About California Almonds 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 7,600 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 Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog. *About California Almonds Survey This survey, conducted with financial support from the Almond Board of California between June 26-July 13, 2019, was conducted online using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel and yielded a total sample size of 4,027 adults. Panel members are randomly recruited by probability-based sampling to be representative of the U.S. adult population: Gender (n= 1,933 males; 2,094 females) Generation (n= 68 GenZ; 778 Millennials; 1,449 GenX; 1,399 Boomers; 333 Mature) Those with children <18 years in household (n= 1,568 Yes; 2,448 No) Almond consumers (weekly+; n=1,224)
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California Almond Acreage Increases in 2019

For Immediate Release April 23, 2020 For More Information: Desiree Silva dsilva@almondboard.com MODESTO, Calif. – For the first time, the Almond Board of California (ABC) is concurrently releasing two California almond industry acreage reports: USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2019 California Almond Acreage Report and Land IQ’s 2020 Standing Acreage Initial Estimate (bearing acres, only). These reports are being issued side by side to improve industry reporting methods and provide a fuller picture of California’s almond acreage. USDA-NASS reports a continued increase in California’s almond acreage in 2019. Bearing acres, or orchards that have matured enough to produce a crop, are estimated at 1.18 million acres, up 8 percent from 2018. Total almond acreage, including non-bearing trees, is estimated at 1.53 million, up 10 percent from the previous year.[i] Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety, followed by Monterey, Butte, Carmel, and Padre. Land IQ’s initial estimate for total bearing acreage in 2020, which reflects standing acreage that will be productive during the 2020/2021 harvest, is 1,251,137 acres.[ii] This estimate takes into account both young orchards coming into production and orchards removed or estimated to be removed. As almond acreage continues to increase in California, growers remain committed to continuous improvement, finding ways to responsibly produce more almonds to meet global and domestic demand and continuing to advance toward achieving the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals. “Having the best acreage statistics possible allows the industry and ABC to plan for future production,” said Richard Waycott, president and CEO of the Almond Board. “USDA-NASS’s annual acreage report is the first of three annual reports, including the Subjective Estimate released in May and Objective Report in July, commissioned by the Almond Board to provide statistical transparency to industry stakeholders around the world.” Since 1997, the USDA-NASS Pacific Regional Office has conducted annual acreage surveys of California almond growers to provide information on new plantings and removals. Each USDA-NASS California Almond Acreage Report includes estimates on bearing, non-bearing and total acreage, in addition to data organized by variety, year planted and county. A major source of data for this survey is almond growers’ voluntary responses to mailed questionnaires distributed by USDA-NASS, with consecutive telephone and field follow-up. To arrive at the estimated almond acreage, USDA-NASS compares its almond acreage database with the 2017 Census of Agriculture, pesticide application data maintained by County Agricultural Commissioners and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, in addition to data collected on the 2019 Almond Nursery Sales Report, which this year USDA-NASS released in conjunction with the California Almond Acreage Report. In 2018, ABC first commissioned Land IQ, a Sacramento-based agricultural and environmental scientific research and consulting firm, to develop a comprehensive, living map of California almonds. The map is the result of nearly a decade of research, and because Land IQ’s approach does not rely on surveys or extrapolation, it has an accuracy of 98% or greater.[iii] Beginning in 2019, ABC began a mapping process with Land IQ in which two acreage estimates will be released annually: the initial estimate of bearing acreage in April and the final estimate, with both bearing and non-bearing acreage for the same production year, delivered in December. In addition to the acreage estimates, Land IQ will annually produce an estimate of removed acreage. This year, Land IQ’s spatial analysis shows that between September 1, 2019, and April 1, 2020, 29,817 acres were removed and estimates that an additional 9,000 acres will be removed from April 1 to August 31, 2020, for a total estimate of 38,817 acres removed. Starting in 2020, Land IQ will annually provide its initial estimate to USDA-NASS to fine-tune the official California Almond Acreage Report and other forecasts. The USDA-NASS reports and estimates remain the official Almond Board statistics provided for the California almond industry. “Combining the Land IQ data with the USDA-NASS California Almond Acreage Report helps improve the accuracy of the reports,” Waycott said. “This is one of several ongoing improvements we have made to ensure we are providing the most reliable reports possible for the industry.” On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, USDA-NASS will release the 2020 Subjective Estimate, which provides an initial forecast of the upcoming crop. Data for the Subjective Estimate is based on opinions obtained from almond growers in a survey sent by USDA-NASS. Almond growers will soon receive the USDA-NASS survey and are encouraged to participate. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, USDA-NASS will release the 2020 Objective Report. This report collects data later in the growing season, closer to harvest, and is based on an actual count of nuts on the trees. [i] USDA-NASS. 2019 California Almond Acreage Report. April 2020. [ii] Land IQ. California Statewide Almond Mapping - 2020. Based on data from USDA National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) and USGS Landsat. [iii] Land IQ draws on multiple lines of evidence including agronomic and remote sensing knowledge, unique field boundaries, robust on-the-ground verification, publicly available imagery and other spatial and non-spatial resources.
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