Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) has been recognized as the Almond Alliance of California’s 2019 Champion of the Year for his leadership in educating his colleagues on both sides of the aisle about issues important to the California almond industry.
The Almond Champion of the Year Award is presented annually to state legislators, members of Congress and other elected officials who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in education, coalition building, and promoting legislation and policies that encourage the advancement and protection of California agriculture and the California almond industry.
Assemblymember Heath Flora works with multiple trade organizations to help educate his colleagues about how specific pieces of legislation and policies may be harmful to the agricultural industry. For the almond industry specifically, Assemblymember Flora was instrumental in bringing to life what we call the informal Almond Caucus, helped us implement our signature annual event Almond Movers and Shakers and the Almond Festival at the State Capitol.
All of these events needed a strong legislative champion and Assemblymember Flora effectively served in that role. He works hard to establish strong working relationships on both sides of the aisle and has ensured rural and urban legislators understand the almond industry.
Chairman of the Almond Alliance of California Mike Curry pointed out, “Assemblymember Heath Flora is a champion for our industry, and we look forward to his continued leadership while helping us expand the knowledge about California almonds within the State Capitol.”