Voting began on January 31 to select members for the Almond Board of California’s (ABC) board of directors. The open seats include two independent grower member and alternate positions and one independent handler member and an alternate.
These positions will serve terms beginning on March 1, 2019.
Candidates for the independent grower position are:
Position One, Member (One-year term):
Brad Klump, Escalon (petitioner)
Position One, Alternate:
Mike Mason, Wasco (petitioner)
Position Two, Member (Three-year term):
Brian Wahlbrink, Waterford (incumbent)
Dave DeFrank, Fresno (petitioner)
Position Two, Alternate:
Bill Harp, Bakersfield (incumbent)
Candidates for the independent handler positions are:
Position Three, Member (One-year term):
Micah Zeff, Modesto (incumbent)
Position Three, Alternate:
Jonathan Hoff, Denair (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 February 16, 2019, for them to be counted. If any independent grower or handler does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting Bunnie Ibrahim, senior analyst, Government Affairs, ABC, 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.