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Almond Board of California Announces 2023 Election Results

New board will start its term Aug. 1.


MODESTO, Calif.  - The Almond Board of California (ABC) on Thursday announced the Board of Directors election results and the names of the following nominees have been submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for selection to terms of office beginning Aug. 1, 2023:

Grower Position One, Member:
1-year term
Paul Ewing, Los Banos

Handler Position One, Member:
3-year term
Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers

Handler Position Three, Member:
1-year term
Darren Rigg, Le Grand

Co-op Grower Position One, Member:
3-year term
Kelli Evans, Live Oak

Co-op Handler Position Two, Member:
3-year term
Alicia Rockwell, Sacramento

Grower Position One, Alternate:
Katie Staack, Hughson

Grower Position Two, Alternate:
3-year term with two years remaining
Brad Klump, Escalon

Handler Position One, Alternate:
Ron Fisher, Modesto

Handler Position Three, Alternate:
Chad DeRose, McFarland

Co-op Grower Position One, Alternate:
George Goshgarian Jr., Fowler

Co-op Handler Position Two, Alternate:
Dean LaVallee, Sacramento

The ABC board is made up of five handler and five grower representatives. It sets policy and recommends budgets in major areas, including marketing, production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.

About the Almond Board of California
California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. ABC is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was established in 1950 and is based in Modesto, CA. For more information on the Almond Board or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and the Almond Living Magazine.