The Almond Board of California (ABC), the almond industry’s Federal Marketing Order (FMO), has assumed a tremendous leadership role in implementing an extensive research, technical and reputation management program – but the ABC CANNOT complement these efforts through advocacy. Without a dedicated almond industry “voice” at the table in Sacramento, the industry is limited in its ability to address the legislative and regulatory issues that will shape the right to farm and process almonds.
Recognizing the wealth of knowledge, expertise and data that the almond industry has developed through the ABC, the Alliance entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the ABC three years ago. Thisensures resource efficiencies and mitigates redundancies by allowing ABC staff to provide technical expertise to the Alliance when assessing policy and taking positions. Almond Board President and CEO Richard Waycott stated, “The Almond Board is committed to collaboration and creating a synergy between the two organizations. We look forward to working with the AAC on issues of mutual concern so that we are complementing each other’s unique strengths.”