November 7, 2023


TURLOCK – The Almond Alliance congratulates board member Dick Cunningham, who has been conferred with the 2023 Almond Achievement Award by the Almond Board of California during this year’s Almond Conference.

“With an illustrious career spanning over five decades, Dick has consistently exhibited an unparalleled dedication to the progress and prosperity of the almond industry,” said Mike Curry, Chairman of the Almond Alliance Board, “As a leader in positions at the Almond Alliance and Almond PAC, his advocacy has had a profound and lasting impact on the almond community as a whole. This award is so well deserved.”

Hailing from Hughson, Cunningham, a grower and huller-sheller owner, has been an unwavering champion for the almond industry. His extensive experience and passionate advocacy have played a pivotal role in raising awareness of the unique challenges and opportunities within the sector.

Presently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Almond Alliance and as the Chair of the Almond PAC, Cunningham continues to contribute his expertise and leadership towards the industry’s growth and resilience.

The Almond Achievement Award, established in 2011, is bestowed upon individuals who have added significant value through their long-term service for the betterment of the California almond industry. Recipients like Cunningham exemplify sustained and direct involvement, showcasing a lasting impact on the California almond industry.

Notable past recipients of the Almond Achievement Award include Jim Paiva, Rob Kiss, John Thoming, Tony Campos, Dave Phippen, Jim Jasper, Dave Baker, Joe McIlvaine, Martin Pohl, and Ned Ryan.

The Almond Alliance extends its heartfelt congratulations to Cunningham for this well-deserved honor and expresses gratitude for his continued dedication to the advancement of the almond industry.



About the Almond Alliance

Almond Alliance is the leading authority in state and national policy, championing American almond farmers, industry, and community for the continued global growth, innovation, and success of American almonds and agriculture.

Established in 1980, the Almond Alliance is a non-profit trade association with a local and international network of almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers, and allied businesses. The Alliance is dedicated to providing resources and solutions for our members, ensuring industry success and growth opportunities. Learn more at