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2022 Spring How We Grow

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Almond Board Announces Strong 2022 Almond Leadership Program The Almond Board of California (ABC) is proud to announce the Almond Leadership Program class of 2022, a group of 17 exceptional professionals expected to help lead the industry into the future. This next generation of leaders comes from diverse backgrounds across the full range of the industry, from almond growers and processors to sales representatives, consultants, operations managers, pest control advisors and more. They were chosen from a highly qualified pool of nearly 50 applicants. The Almond Leadership Program began in 2009 and has graduated more than 200 people, with dozens now serving on ABC workgroups, committees and even the Board of Directors. This 13th class will become immersed in every aspect of the industry, guided by volunteer mentors – many of them graduates of the program – who will help the new class further develop the skills, knowledge and perspective to improve their industry and their communities. "This program helps mold great people into even greater leaders who continue to guide our industry forward," said Jenny Nicolau, ABC's senior manager of Industry Relations and Communications. "The industry is now seeing the enormous benefits from more than a decade of this program, and the 2022 class looks brighter than ever. I am certain that these talented, passionate people will continue to be great assets and advocates for our industry for years to come." Leadership class members – while still working at their jobs – will complete specialized trainings on all aspects of the industry, much of it tied to ABC activities in global marketing, production and nutrition research, food safety and more. They'll also sharpen their communication skills and build lasting relationships with each other, ABC staff and other industry leaders. "Nothing compares to hands-on experience and I look forward to tangibly learning more about aspects of the almond industry outside of my current reach and knowledge," said Bethany Couchman, a manager at Eagle's Rest Ranches in Merced County and a 2022 participant. "I'm grateful that the Almond Board is providing us the opportunity to gain specialized insight and training so we can give back to our communities as better equipped leaders." ALMOND COMMUNITY Almond Leadership Program Class of 2022 17

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