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Almond Board seeks director nominations
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The Almond Board of California is looking to fill two positions on their board of directors.

Nomination petitions are being accepted for one independent grower member and an alternate position on the board of directors. The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 20, 2011.

Each candidate must be a grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent growers of almonds (verified by the Almond Board) in order to be considered for the position. The petition must state the position for which the candidate is nominated and must be filed with the Almond Board of California at 1150 9th St., Suite 1500, in Modesto.

Additionally, two independent handler members and alternate positions are available. Handlers must declare their candidacy, in writing, to the Almond Board no later than Jan. 20, 2011 in order for their name to be placed on the ballot for these positions.

One cooperative handler member and alternate nominee and one cooperative grower member and alternate nominee will be selected through their cooperative association(s).

The Almond Board of California is the agency established to administer the Federal Marketing Order for almonds. The board assures industry compliance with marketing order regulations and is responsible for administering all aspects of the marketing order. It also serves the almond industry in other major areas: production research, generic advertising and public relations, and accumulation, compilation and dissemination of statistical information.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees Federal Marketing Orders, would like to enhance the diversity of the Almond Board and is encouraging eligible women, minorities and people with disabilities to consider running for a position on the board. It is the USDA’s goal that marketing order boards and committees reflect the diversity of the industries they serve.

For further information, contact Sue Olson, associate director, Statistics and Compliance, at 343-3224.