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13 ALMOND COMMUNITY Get to Know Your Board – Part One This February, the Almond Board of California (ABC) announced the results for its 2019/20 Board of Directors election. The Board is comprised of 10 members — five growers and five handlers — and each member has one alternate. The Board aims to serve the California almond industry through its involvement in an array of activities and responsibilities, including establishing policy, recommending budgets and programs to the Secretary of Agriculture for approval, and reviewing ABC programs. The Board embraces the California almond story and is living it every day, just like you. But how well do you know your Board members? We asked our Board members to answer a few questions about themselves. Read on to learn more about three members representing you and check out future issues for features on other members. is, from my experience, a conservative look at a "typical" (if there is such a thing) almond orchard using drip/micro- irrigation in California's Central Valley. To use this graphic, choose your current system DU and desired years for ROI. Then, determine how much you can afford to invest to improve your system DU to 90%. The graph assumes you are compensating for the poorer DU by applying sufficient additional water to the driest area of the orchard. (Note: I used no yield or quality improvements in the crop to develop the graphic.) It is reasonable to assume that improvement in the drip/micro- irrigation system DU will provide greater control of the desired application of water and fertilizer to the orchard. It is then also reasonable to assume crop improvement, income per acre and an even shorter period of return on investment. Ultimately, maintaining your system's DU has significant, positive impacts on your bottom line and allows you to better care for your orchards. PUTTING FUNDAMENTALS INTO ACTION Do you have questions about how improvements in monitoring can be made in your orchards? Visit to download the Almond Irrigation Improvement Continuum, a comprehensive manual of irrigation management and scheduling practices. Key practices are also covered in "The Irrigation Station" series on the California Almonds YouTube page. Growers are also encouraged to visit to participate in the California Almond Sustainability Program, which provides a free irrigation scheduling tool and assessments of on-farm practices. HOLLY A. KING Chair, ABC Board of Directors Q: When did you first become involved in the almond industry? Holly A. King: I grew up in agriculture, but it was not until the early 1990s that I got involved in almonds. My family was looking to diversify outside of the Klamath Basin due to water issues, and one of my California Ag Leadership classmates, Keith Gardiner, wanted to expand his operation in almonds. We pooled our resources and a family partnership in Kern County grew out of that. Q: What does it mean to sit on ABC's Board of Directors? HK: It is an honor. The almond industry is filled with progressive, Continued on Page 14 Holly A. King Triple Crown Holdings, LP More than 100 almond industry members volunteer on the Board of Directors, committees, subcommittees and working groups to help guide the California almond industry's broad-based promotional and research investments. Growers, handlers, hullers/shellers and allied industry members are encouraged to participate in shaping future direction and program focus. Visit to learn how you can get involved.

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