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Almond Board of California Announces 2024 Election Results

New board will start its term Aug. 1.


MODESTO, Calif. — The Almond Board of California announced the Board of Directors election results on June 11 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, 2024:

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

Grower Position #1, Alternate:
Katie Staack, Hughson

Grower Position #3, Member:
3-year term
Joe Gardiner, Earliment

Grower Position #3, Alternate:
Garrett Bloemhof, Shafter

Handler Position #2, Member:
3-year term
Bob Silveira, Williams

Handler Position #2, Alternate:
Justin Morehead, Coalinga

Handler Position #3, Member:
1-year term
Darren Rigg, Le Grand

Handler Position #3, Alternate:
Chad DeRose, McFarland

Co-op Grower Position #1, Member:
3-year term
Christine Gemperle, Ceres

Co-op Grower Position #1, Alternate:
Lucas Van Duyn, Ripon

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, advertising, public relations, 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 USDA. It was established in 1950 and is based in Modesto, CA. For more information visit