The Votes Are In — Best Conference Yet
Opportunities were plentiful at The Almond Conference trade show to view equipment, learn about products and services, and explore the Almond Boardâs marketing programs. A quick survey of attendees reveals a general opinion that the 41st Annual Almond Conference, held Dec. 3â5, was the best ever, thanks largely to the spacious Sacramento Convention Center with its roomy trade show floor, banquet hall and meeting rooms, and the wide-open gathering spots for meeting and greeting. Add to that the stellar downtown Sacramento location, with a plenitude of hotels and restaurant choices, and you have the perfect setting for a successful event. The Almond Conference success can also be measured in numbers, with a total attendance of 2,555, including more growers than ever before. But the venue tells only half the story. What went on within the walls is the other half. This year, the program was expanded to include workshops all afternoon on Tuesday, and again on Thursday during lunch. Guest speakers covered everything from the water situation to financial modeling, with irrigation strategies, nitrogen budgeting, marketing programs and a host of other topics eagerly received by growers, handlers and allied industry members. The âspeed datingâ six-minute research updates followed by the poster session both Wednesday and Thursday were well attended.