Increased rain and an expected boost in productivity have the almond industry’s biggest advocates feeling good about the next few years. In fact, the Almond Board of California has begun promoting innovations to develop what it calls the “almond orchard of the future,” one that maximizes efficiencies and increases production. In an interview with the Business Journal before his presentation at this year’s Almond Conference in Sacramento, Almond Board of California CEO Richard Waycott said board members are choosing an optimistic outlook.“We expect about a 25 percent increase in production in the next three to four years,” Waycott said.Over the past few years, many growers have been replacing older orchards with younger trees. Those orchards are maturing and will begin to bear nuts. In addition, yields that were slacking during the drought are starting to recover as California is seeing more rain.