Voting begins today to select one independent grower member and alternate position and two independent handler member and alternate positions on the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors.
These positions will serve terms beginning on August 1, 2020.
The candidates are:
Independent grower, one-year term: Paul Ewing, Los Banos; Louie Ott, Modesto; Mike Mason, Wasco. Alternate: Joe Gardiner, Earlimart; Brad Klump, Escalon.
Independent handler, three-year term: Terry Boone, Modesto; Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers; Micah Zeff, Modesto. Alternate: Ron Fisher, Modesto.
Independent handler, one-year term: Jonathan Hoff, Denair; Darren Rigg, Le Grand. Alternate: Chad DeRose, McFarland; Dave Phippen, Manteca.
Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers whose names are on file with ABC. The Almond Board must receive ballots by May 27 for them to be counted.
If an independent grower or a handler does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained by contacting ABC’s Bunnie Ibrahim, senior analyst, Government Affairs, at (209) 343-3228.
As a governing body for the industry, the ABC Board of Directors is comprised of five handler and five grower representatives who set policy and recommend budgets in several major areas including production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.