Come for the Almond Conference, Stay for the Show

October 1, 2012

Sacramento, this year’s venue for The Almond Conference, has much to offer during and after conference hours Dec. 11–13. With a packed agenda that includes workshops, presentations, symposia, special guests and a surprise celebrity on the final night, you’ll still be able to enjoy the many entertainment and educational options just steps away from the Sacramento Convention Center, where the conference action takes place.

The convention center is located in downtown Sacramento, with plenty of hotel options and parking garages. It’s located near the state Capitol and numerous restaurants that dot the area, giving you the opportunity to dine with customers, colleagues or family on Wednesday night, which is free of planned events.

Also nearby:

  • The California State Capitol and Museum
  • Old Town and the Sacramento River, with more restaurants, quaint shops and a lively nightlife
  • California State Railroad Museum, with its holiday Polar Express train ride, perfect for families with kids (tickets go on sale Oct. 1.)
  • The Sacramento Zoo, with it’s renowned primate center
  • Holiday shopping at Downtown Westfield Plaza, Arden Fair and more

Conference Program

Once again, The Almond Conference kicks off with a Sustainability Workshop on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Two other workshops will be held Tuesday afternoon: Sprayer calibration (1:00–2:30 p.m.) and Honey bee colony assessment (2:45–4:00 p.m.).

The workshops will be followed by the opening reception, hosted by BASF, once again the Premier Sponsor of The Almond Conference.

Here are some highlights from the 40th annual Almond Conference program:

Wednesday, Dec. 12

  • California Almond Supply: Ensuring its future
  • Research Updates: Soils, water, varieties, rootstocks, land preparation/fumigation
  • Designing and developing a new almond orchard (symposium)
  • Trade stewardship (symposium)
  • What’s new in fertility management (symposium)
  • Marketing around the world: Walk through countries where California Almonds are marketed to learn about the region and ABC marketing programs
  • Social hour
  • Evening free to plan your own networking or family activities

Thursday, Dec. 13

  • California Almond Demand: Ensuring its future
  • Research Updates: Pest management — insect, disease and vertebrate pests
  • Pollination: Prep, partnerships and policy
  • Calorie update
  • Social media workshop
  • Gala Dinner and special entertainment

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered and will be announced in the next issue of California Almonds Outlook. Research reports from the update sessions (formerly called the Proceedings) will be available, and researchers will be available at the poster session to discuss their work one-on-one.

New this year will be a silent auction to benefit the California FFA Association to fund scholarships. Donations are still being accepted — anything from toy tractors to herbicide samples to work boots, hunting gear and destination vacations. To make a donation, contact Kendall Barton by email or at (209) 343-3245.Local FFA members often volunteer their time to help at The Almond Conference. Pictured here, left to right, are Kayla Roton, Ricky Ketscher, Byron Baker, Stacie Cunningham and Felix Sepulveda from the Pitman- Turlock FFA Chapter.

No More Tents!
The Sacramento Convention Center offers plenty of room to include more exhibitors, so you’ll have the opportunity to visit more suppliers, manufacturers and services than ever before in comfortable surroundings. The exhibitor hall features improved traffic flow and a lounge for conference attendees.

Luncheons will be held on Wednesday and Thursday; a special guest speaker will be featured on Wednesday, and a buffet lunch with optional workshops on sprayer calibration and honey bee colony assessment will be offered on Thursday. And Thursday morning begins with the annual Growers’ Breakfast. The California Almond industry social highlight of the year, the Gala Dinner, takes place on Thursday evening.

The 40th Almond Conference is your once-a-year opportunity to meet and learn from researchers themselves, learn how your assessment dollars are being invested in research and programs to enhance almond production and ensure future demand, and celebrate another successful year with other growers, your handler, suppliers and your family at the Gala Dinner.

To register for The Almond Conference, visit the conference website, where you will find additional program information, locations, maps and links for hotel reservations. Early registration is encouraged to reserve meal events and hotels. You must pre-register to ensure a spot at the Gala Dinner.

Conference attendance is free, thanks to our generous sponsors. Be sure to stop by their booths in the exhibit hall to thank them!

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