2019 – 2020 Committees
The Board of Directors recently reviewed the association’s committee structure to ensure it was in line with the strategic plan and direction of the association. The Board determined that there will be seven standing committees that address the priority activities and issues being addressed by the association. The committees of the Almond Alliance of California provide a forum for analyzing, discussing and providing input to the Board on issues and challenges confronting the industry and/or the alliance. Additionally, the Board can develop task forces to addresses specific issues as needed. Almond Alliance members are encouraged to volunteer for committee service.
Co-Products and Research Biomass Committee
The Co-Products and Biomass committee will work to identify the almond industry top biomass solutions identified to date. This technical and political committee will also explore new venues for almond co-products and work in collaboration with the ABC biomass committee but take the discussion to the next level of implementation. This committee will work to identify a political and advocacy biomass strategy that is a mix of education, advocacy and working with elected officials and regulators. The committee will set biomass goals for the industry and strategies on how to achieve these goals.
California Almond Industry Political Action Committee
The California Almond Industry Political Action Committee serves to promote and protect the welfare of the Almond industry through the support of federal and state candidates that value the Almond industry. The PAC committee monitors federal and state elections, develops political action committee plans and supports and promotes funding for these purposes.
The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer of the Association. The Executive Committee is a standing committee and shall have all the authority delegated by the Board. All action taken by the Executive Committee shall be reported to the full Board at the next Board meeting.
Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee analyzes, discusses and provides direction to the Board of Directors on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the almond industry. Issues that may come before the committee include food safety, feed quality, environmental, crop protection tools, labor, water, bee health, air quality and market enforcement.
The Huller/ Sheller committee will track, discuss and consolidate technical information and trends of interest to the hullers and shellers and to serve as providers of educational information for huller/shellers and develop a priority agenda. This committee will work closely with all other committees.
Industry Outreach Committee
The Industry Outreach committee is charged with strengthen the collective voice between growers, huller/shellers and processors through communications, regional meetings and networking. In addition, committee members will assist with public relations activities designed to provide industry related facts and information of value to members and those involved in the overall success of the California almond industry. The Industry Outreach committee will provide a close watch on industry trends and dynamics, while understanding and delivering consistent value to Almond Alliance members based on their interests and needs.
Labor and Food Safety Committee
The Labor and Food Safety committee will track, discuss and assist in setting guideline for food, equipment and labor safety issues related to growers, hullers/shellers and processors. In the 2019-2020 crop year this committee will strongly focus on regulatory compliance concerns, assist staff in developing a safety training schedule that will be useful to Alliance members and advise on Almond Alliance safety programs.