Citing coronavirus concerns, Almond Alliance cancels annual convention set for April 27-30

March 25, 2020Citing concerns over the potential health risks posed by COVID-19, the Almond Alliance of California today announced the cancellation of its 39th annual 2020 Almond Alliance Convention scheduled for April 27-30 in Huntington Beach.

“The well-being of our members, staff and community is of the upmost importance to us,” said Mike Curry, Chairman of the Board. “Given the growing concern and limitation of public gatherings due to continued uncertainty and potential health risks posed by COVID-19, the annual convention will not proceed.”

The annual meeting brings together almond processors, huller/shellers, growers and associate members to network and discuss the industry’s priorities. “This would have marked our 39th annual convention,” noted Curry.  “It was a very hard decision for the Almond Alliance Board of Directors to cancel the event but this difficult decision was made in the best interest of members, presenters and the larger community.”

This year’s program offered sessions on port activity, pest management, energy storage, global trade landscape, labor law, almond hull markets, SGMA implementation and legislative and policy updates. The Almond Alliance Board of Directors and staff will make sure to get this important information out to our membership in the most efficient way despite the cancellation of the convention. The Almond Alliance has been working hard to provide many COVID-19 Resources, Fact Sheets, Guidance and Information to its membership and encourages you to visit:  https://almondalliance.org/resources/covid-19/

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About the Almond Alliance

The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community.

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit https://almondalliance.org/ or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.