2020 Election for Almond Board of California is Underway

Almonds post bloom, early fruit development. ©Sara Savary, AgFax Media

The 2020 Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors election began on April 29.

Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers whose names are on file with ABC. If an independent grower or a handler does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting ABC’s Bunnie Ibrahim, senior analyst, Government Affairs, at (209) 343-3228. Ballots must be received by May 27, 2020.

As a governing body for the industry, the ABC Board of Directors is comprised of 5 handler and 5 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.

The 2020 election will select one independent grower member and alternate position and two independent handler member and alternate positions to serve on the  ABC Board of Directors. Terms will begin on August 1, 2020.

Candidates for the independent grower position are:

Position One, Member (1-year term): 

  • Paul Ewing, Los Banos (petitioner)
  • Louie Ott, Modesto (petitioner)
  • Mike Mason, Wasco (petitioner)

Position One, Alternate:

  • Joe Gardiner, Earlimart (petitioner)
  • Brad Klump, Escalon (petitioner)                        

Candidates for the independent handler positions are:

Position One, Member (3-year term):

  • Terry Boone, Modesto (petitioner – incumbent)
  • Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers (petitioner)
  • Micah Zeff, Modesto (petitioner)

Position One, Alternate:

  • Ron Fisher, Modesto

Position Three, Member (1-year term):   

  • Jonathan Hoff, Denair (petitioner)
  • Darren Rigg, Le Grand (petitioner)

Position Three, Alternate:

  • Chad DeRose, McFarland (petitioner)
  • Dave Phippen, Manteca (petitioner)

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