Almond Board Committee Information
The following board-appointed committees further the work of the Almond Board of California:
Finance Committee The Administrative and Finance Committee is ultimately responsible for reviewing all budgetary recommendations and the assessment rate prior to consideration by the Board. This committee is also responsible for reviewing quarterly and annual financial statements as well as the ABC’s annual external audit. The committee is comprised of five members and five alternates plus the Treasurer.
Almond Quality and Food Safety Comittee The Almond Quality and Food Safety Committee sets policy for and oversees the industry’s quality control program while conducting research in a number of areas to ensure that California Almonds remain a safe, high quality product. The committee oversees the USDA mandated pasteurization requirement. The committee is also tasked with monitoring quality issues, the Voluntary Aflatoxin Sampling Program, and other quality programs implemented by the Board. There are seven members and seven alternates on the committee.
Environmental Committee The Environmental Committee provides leadership on environmental issues facing the almond growers through research and education on almond production practices based on sound scientific research, common sense, and a respect for the environment. The Committee consists of seven members and seven alternates.
Global Market Development Committee The Global Market Development Committee identifies and evaluates growth opportunities available to the almond industry. It establishes priorities and budget allocation among the opportunities while overseeing the development of programs administered to achieve sustainable demand in these markets.It may also recommend to the Board changes in the marketing order rules and regulation granting credit to handlers for qualified promotional activities. The Committee consists of seven members and seven alternates.
Established Markets Subcommittee The Established Markets Subcommittee identifies and implements development programs for established markets (United States, Canada, and France) according to Global Market Development Committee market prioritization and approved budget. The Subcommittee consists of seven members and seven alternates.
Emerging Markets Subcommittee The Emerging Markets Subcommittee identifies and implements development programs for emerging markets (China, S. Korea, India, and Russia) according to Global Market Develop Committee market prioritization and approved budget. The Committee consists of seven members and seven alternates.
Production Research Committee The Production Research Committee oversees Almond Board-funded agriculture research in the areas of horticulture, entomology, plant pathology and nematology, integrated pest management (IPA), pollination and field oriented studies to reduce and manage aflatoxin. Since 1973 the committee has supported relevant research and assured field implementation of the findings. These efforts have resulted in increased production efficiency, improved quality, and environmentally responsible orchard and pest management practices. The Committee consists of seven members and seven alternates.
Nutrition Research Committee The Nutrition Research Committee is comprised of seven members and three alternates, consisting of food scientists, nutritionists, almond growers and other almond industry representatives. Current strategic research areas focus on the relationship between consumption of almonds and Heart Health, Diabetes/Prediabetes, Weight Management/Gut Health, Phytochemicals/Composition, Allergens, and other areas. Ongoing nutrition research adds to the existing body of almond science, and is utilized by the Board in global marketing outreach programs to promote the consumption of almonds.
Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee The Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee administer government funded technical assistance for specialty crop programs, and provide leadership in identifying, monitoring, resolving regulatory and policy issues impacting the production and global movement of California almonds. The Committee is comprised of seven members and seven alternates.
Industry Services Committee The Industry Services Committee develops and manages an industry communications and education program on activities administered by the Board which affect the supply side of the almond industry, and recommend to the Board those leadership and outreach initiatives which encourage diversity and promote industry stakeholder participation in Board efforts. The Committee consists of seven members and seven alternates.