California almond orchard. Photo courtesy of the Almond Board of California.

Jun 1, 2023
Almond Board of California releases the 2023 election results

The Almond Board of California (ABC) announced the board of directors election results. The following nominees have been submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for selection to terms of office beginning Aug. 1, 2023.

Grower Position One, Member

1-year term | Paul Ewing, Los Banos

Grower Position One, Alternate

Katie Staack, Hughson

Handler Position One, Member

3-year term | Alexi Rodriguez, Caruthers

Handler Position One, Alternate

Ron Fisher, Modesto

Handler Position Three, Member

1-year term | Darren Rigg, Le Grand

Handler Position Three, Alternate

Chad DeRose, McFarland

Co-op Grower Position One, Member

3-year term | Kelli Evans, Live Oak

Co-op Grower Position One, Alternate

George Goshgarian Jr., Fowler

Co-op Handler Position Two, Member

3-year term | Alicia Rockwell, Sacramento

Co-op Handler Position Two, Alternate

Dean LaVallee, Sacramento

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, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.For more information, visit

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