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TAC Agenda for 2022:

State of the Industry

Tuesday, December 6 | 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 

With the ongoing multi-year drought, global logistical challenges and increasing production from other growing regions, the California almond industry is facing unprecedented challenges. During the annual State of the Industry Address, Almond Board Chair Alexi Rodriguez and CEO Richard Waycott will address ways the Almond Board of California is working to drive global demand, ensure a favorable trade and regulatory environment and maximize industry efficiency.  

Driving Global Demand

Wednesday, December 7 | 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 

Building long-term global demand for California almonds is the #1 strategic priority for the Almond Board. Ever wonder how we do it? In this general session for all attendees, you’ll hear about how the Almond Board leverages the amazing nutritional profile of almonds – what we call the “health halo” – to drive consumer demand, while educating consumers about our responsible farming practices to protect that demand now and in the future. In this session you’ll also be introduced to the people representing California almonds around the world who are passionate about the demand-building work they lead on behalf of the industry. 

Influencers LIVE!

Wednesday, December 7 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m 

63% of consumers report that they trust what social media influencers say about brands more than they trust brands’ own advertisements. What’s more, 49% of people rely on influencers’ recommendations when making purchase decisions. During this lunch session you will meet a panel of popular influencers who share the almond nutrition and stewardship story with their audiences – a collective following of more than one million people around the globe. These almond influencers will discuss how they select the companies and brands they partner with, and why they love promoting almonds as a healthy snack and meeting almond growers and sharing your story.

Gala Dinner and Entertainment

Wednesday, December 7 | 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

The Almond Conference Annual Gala returns this year on a new night – moving to Wednesday evening, December 7 – but with the same combination of industry fellowship and local music, with just a trace of magic. Celebrated Los Angeles magician Arthur Trace will combine his masterful sleight of hand with imaginative storytelling guaranteed to tickle your mind, senses, and funny bone! Trace was hailed by the Society of American Magicians as “one of the most creative acts in the world of magic today” and the Chicago Tribune called him “one of magic’s bona fide superstars!” But first, we’ll enjoy dinner while being serenaded by Oakdale’s own Ava Grace (an encore performance from last year’s gala reception) and recognize the annual Almond Achievement Award winners. You won’t want to miss this evening of entertainment (before you head out for the evening’s unofficial festivities)! 

Special Grower Breakfast Session: Managing Input Costs

Thursday, December 8 | 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 

With input costs at an all-time high, decisions need to be made now in your operations to increase your return on investment. This special breakfast session will review industry experiences on how to manage labor, pesticides, and other input costs in your operation. Be sure to set your alarm to make it up in time to enjoy a hearty breakfast sandwich while getting tips to improve profitability.

Tuesday, December 6
  • 8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Food Trucks Available
  • 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 2:00 p.m. - State of the Industry
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Dedicated Trade Show Time and Opening Reception

Trade Show is open from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7
  • 7:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • 8:00 a.m. - Driving Global Demand General Session
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Dedicated Trade Show Time + Poster Session
  • 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 11:30 a.m. - Formal Lunch with Keynote Speaker
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Food Trucks Available
  • 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Dedicated Trade Show Time + Poster Session
  • 2:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 6:00 p.m. - Gala Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Gala Dinner and Entertainment

Trade Show is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 8
  • 7:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Session
  • 9:05 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Dedicated Trade Show Time
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Food Trucks Available
  • 11:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. - Trade Show Closes

Trade Show is open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How to View Past Conference Sessions and Presentations

Final video recordings are posted to the Almond Board of California's YouTube playlist, "The Almond Conference 2021", and available at

Final presentation slides are also available from each session, posted to