In-person 39th Edition of Almond Alliance Convention Proves to be a Big Hit in Las Vegas
In a pandemic time of “firsts” the Almond Alliance’s 39th Convention May 24-27 stood out as a first for California almond community members who were finally able to travel and gather face-to-face and renew old acquaintances while meeting new members. And the locale could not have been more fun—the bright lights and fun-filled setting of Las Vegas.
Almond Alliance Chair Mike Curry pointed out, “Everywhere you looked you saw big, wide smiles. Our members were so happy to put aside virtual meetings and finally get to meet in person, while observing all of the proper safety protocols in place at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. The Convention was the perfect mix of fun and business.”
Themed “All In 2021”, the Convention offered up a series of speakers who delved into the many legislative and regulatory issues affecting the association’s growers, hullers/shellers, processors, stakeholders and allied businesses.
The urgent need for engagement by Association members was a common theme voiced by speakers. Almond Alliance President Elaine Trevino pointed out that membership had increased 15 percent during the year, despite the many challenges found in the COVID-19 environment, as members recognize the importance of advocacy efforts across a broad range of topics. “We have increased our federal presence as almond advocates despite the limitations of virtual briefings and meetings” she explained. “We are fighting for our share of state budget funding for resources that touch on issues from ag burning to water storage, healthy soils, pollinator health and pesticides.”
The Almond Alliance team would like to thank those of you who attended the 39th Annual Almond Alliance Convention! We hope you found the week to be not only exciting but informative and valuable to you and your business. One of our primary goals was to bring together the almond community after an especially difficult year and provide you the opportunity to network and reconnect. Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. We hope to gather with you next year as we celebrate our the 40th anniversary of our Convention!