The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting written comments on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also known as smog.
The final comment period came to a close this past December for the four key supplemental rules (Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food and Foreign Supplier Verification) proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Almond Board of California (ABC) has been monitoring the West Coast ports situation, as well as soliciting feedback from handlers as to the impacts.
Almond Board of California (ABC) has selected 14 participants for the seventh Almond Leadership Program class.
Philip Finiello, newly appointed manager for Global Technical and Regulatory Affairs for Almond Board of California, was already well versed in many of the issues faced by the California Almond industry, thanks to his past experience.
For handlers exporting to the European Union (EU), we anticipate that on April 1, the Pre-Export Checks (PEC) program will go into effect.
Experts including farm advisors and Almond Board researchers will share the latest news and research at three consecutive workshops in the northern, central and southern almond growing regions.
The 2014 Almond Conference hosted the first-ever Almond Quality Workshop, presenting current findings from the Almond Quality Research Program, which is managed by the Almond Board’s Almond Quality and Food Safety Committee.
As I wrote this letter last month, I was staring out of my office window at a soggy sight. Clouds and fog enshrouded downtown Modesto, and predictions of more stormy weather dominated the forecast.
Dave Baker was honored with the 2014 Almond Achievement Award for his lifetime of work on behalf of the California Almond industry at The Almond Conference Gala Dinner, held Dec. 11 in Sacramento.

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