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MOVERS AND SHAKERS Holly A. King The California Ag Leadership Foundation (CALF) recently awarded former Almond Board of California (ABC) Chair Holly A. King with the Profiles in Leadership Award. King, a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, received this award in recognition of her leadership and impact on California agriculture. Before chairing the Almond Board, King worked for 20 years in agricultural lending, starting her career at Farm Credit and finishing with the establishment of the Ag Banking Group for Union Bank. She then developed agricultural land conservation and sustainability programs in agriculture at the Great Valley Center as their director of Agricultural Programs. In 2011, King became involved on an ABC committee and in April 2018 she was elected as chair of the Board of Directors. In her role as chair, King collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture and industry leaders to help secure assistance funding that supported growers facing financial losses due to tariffs imposed by China. She also helped lead industry members in the creation of the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals. Throughout her career, King has promoted agricultural issues in legislative, public relations, urban, environmental and educational forums through involvement in organizations such as the California Roundtable for Agriculture and the Environment, the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation Board, Ag One, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce's Ag Council and the Agricultural Business Advisory Group at California State University, Fresno. "I am humbled, honored and elated," King told CALF. "Leadership is a responsibility – people depend on you. It is an opportunity to enhance lives. What could be more gratifying?" Industry Handbook for Safe Processing of Nuts taskforce In December 2020, the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA) published the Industry Handbook for Safe Processing of Nuts - Third Edition in collaboration with the Consumer Brands Association. Multiple California almond industry members contributed to this edition, including Gabriela Chavarria of Harris Woolf Almonds. A graduate of ABC's 2019 Almond Leadership Program, Chavarria played a major role in the creation of this handbook and lead the development of the book's section on allergen preventative controls. In addition, ABC's Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Services Tim Birmingham led the development of a section on process validation as well as a section new to the handbook on the definition of "raw." Yvonne Masters of John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. also led a section on food safety plans. "As lead of the allergen section and a member of the team that conducted the final review, seeing this handbook published is incredible," said Chavarria. "To paraphrase the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, 'No woman ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and she's not the same woman.' As I reflect on all the time and energy dedicated toward this project, not only by myself but by everyone on the team, this quote reminds me of how privileged and thankful I am for the opportunity, the experience and the honor of not only stepping into rivers but also helping create them. I am already looking forward to the next edition!" said Chavarria. PTNPA members are welcome to view and download the latest version of the handbook at For more information about the handbook and the information it provides to those in the peanut and tree nut industries, please contact Birmingham at We want your recommendations! Do you know a 'mover or shaker' that deserves recognition? Email with the person's name and a paragraph explaining why you believe they deserve recognition. Holly A. King Board Member and Former Chair Almond Board of California Gabriela Chavarria Food Quality and Safety Manager Harris Woolf Almonds Almond Board of California 2

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