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Jun 11, 2024
ABC board election results revealed, term begins Aug. 1

The Almond Board of California announced the board of directors election results on June 11. The nominee names have been submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for selection to terms of office beginning Aug. 1, 2024. The followin are the result of the board of directors election.


  • Grower Position #1, Member (1-year term): Paul Ewing, Los Banos
  • Grower Position #3, Member (3-year term): Joe Gardiner, Earlimart
  • Handler Position #2, Member (3-year term): Bob Silveira, Williams
  • Handler Position #3, Member (1-year term): Darren Rigg, Le Grand
  • Co-op Grower Position #1, Member (3-year term): Christine Gemperle, Ceres


  • Grower Position #1, Alternate: Katie Staack, Hughson
  • Grower Position #3, Alternate: Garrett Bloemhof, Shafter
  • Handler Position #2, Alternate: Justin Morehead, Coalinga
  • Handler Position #3, Alternate: Chad DeRose, McFarland
  • Co-op Grower Position #1, Alternate: Lucas Van Duyn, Ripon

The ABC board is made up of five handler and five grower representatives. It sets policy and recommends budgets in major areas, including marketing, production research, advertising, public relations, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.


The Almond Board of California is a nonprofit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the USDA. It was established in 1950 and is based in Modesto, California. For more information, visit

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