California Almond Industry Delegation Calls on D.C.

In July, industry members and Almond Board of California (ABC) staff were in Washington, D.C., for a weeklong series of meetings to update government agencies and industry alliances on almond production and market development issues. The delegation also participated in the annual U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) conference, where they met with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) field staff from key export markets.

Throughout the week, industry members met with U.S. government leadership, emphasizing the importance of stable market access and science-based standards for the industry’s long-term well-being, as well as the environmental and production challenges facing growers.

The group met with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to discuss recent name change issues in China as well as the impact of pending free-trade agreements. A meeting with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s office and key undersecretaries provided an opportunity to highlight water and bee issues, as well as the economic contributions California Almonds make to the state and U.S. economies.

Noteworthy messages included:

  • Research priorities and the importance of public-private partnerships with U.S. government and academia;
  • Almond industry initiatives in line with pending regulations under FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act; and
  • Presentation on industry programs, research and economic scope to Capitol Hill staffers.

For further information, please contact Julie Adams.

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