Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q - What types of positions are there on the Board of Directors?
A - There are four types of seats related to the types of membership representation: Independent Handler, Independent Grower, Cooperative Grower, and Cooperative Handler. More information about total number of seats and terms can be found in the Federal Marketing Order at the following link: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-7/subtitle-B/chapter-IX/part-981/subpart-A
Q. How do I run for an open Independent Grower or Independent Handler seat on the Board?
A - To become an official candidate for these positions and have your name appear on the ballot, you must qualify for the open position, and declare your candidacy in writing to the Board. More details can be found by clicking here.
Q - Are there term limits for the ABC BOD?
A - Yes; Board members can serve for a total of six consecutive years. Once they reach the six years they have termed out and must leave the Board for at least one year before becoming eligible to serve again. (Does not apply to alternates)
Q - What qualifications are needed to run for a seat on the Board?
A - Prospective candidates must be a current grower or handler. Additionally, growers must submit a Grower Petition which includes at least 15 signatures of current growers.
Q - What is the Alternate’s role on the Board?
A - The alternate acts in the place of a member in his/her absence. In the event of a member’s death, removal, resignation or disqualification, the alternate will serve as member until a new member has been selected and qualified.
Q -Who is allowed to vote in the election?
A - Any person, including a business unit, engaged in a crop ownership capacity of the commercial production of almonds and delivering them to an independent handler. For more information on the included categories, please email ABCBODElections@almondboard.com.
Q - What if I don’t receive a ballot?
A - Contact your Handler to make sure they have your name & correct address on their Grower List. Have your Handler contact the Elections team at ABCBODElections@almondboard.com to have a ballot mailed to you before May 20th. You can also pick up a ballot from the ABC office.
Got additional questions? View more FAQs online or email your questions to ABCBODElections@almondboard.com.