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Turlock residents chosen for Almond Board leadership program
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Three Turlockers were selected to be a part of the 2017 Almond Leadership class, preparing them to become leaders not just within the California almond industry but also in their communities as well.  After five years in education, Michelle Penney decided to trade in the classroom for almond processing and farming with her family’s business, Del Rio Nut Company. Currently, she works in inventory as well as quality and food safety.  Katie Staack has worked in some capacity in the family business her entire life.  While she has worn many different hats while working for the family, she currently is the Food and Safety Coordinator at her family’s processing plant, Grizzly Nut LLC., in Waterford. Cameron White is 24 years old and has been involved in the almond industry for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Snelling where his roots as a third-generation farmer began to grow.  He works at the family’s Sierra View Ranch where he assists with daily operational needs as well as accounting and financial analysis.

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.