About Almond Board of California
At the request of the almond industry, a Federal Marketing Order for almonds was established in 1950. At that time, it dealt primarily with compliance issues, and accordingly, was called the Almond Control Board. In the 1970’s, recognizing a need to address market development, the name was changed to the Almond Board of California. While compliance is still a crucial part of its activities, the Board now engages in production, nutrition and market research, advertising and promotion in domestic and international markets, quality control and statistical analysis and dissemination. As a Federal Marketing Order, it is important to note that the Board is not involved with and is expressly prohibited from setting field or market prices.
The Board is composed of 10 members. The more than 6,000 almond growers and 104 almond handlers elect the five growers and five handlers in an annual election process held throughout the state. Once elected, the Board elects its chair and vice-chair. The Board 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. The Almond Board is funded by an annual assessment on the marketable kernel weight of almonds.
The Almond Board of California recognizes the diverse makeup of the California almond industry and values contributions offered by its growers and handlers. The Board seeks to ensure that its programs and policies are inclusive rather than exclusive and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Furthermore, the Board accepts and has adopted the concept of diversity which views society as a mixture of people, all with different cultural backgrounds, and each with a unique perspective and ability to contribute to the process.
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.