Almond Industry Conf. Was Best Conference Yet
(From the Almond Board of California)
|Roger Duncan UC Pomology Farm Advisor, Stanislaus|
visits with attendees during the poster session of Meeting.
A quick survey of attendees reveals a general opinion
that the 41st Annual Almond Conference, held Dec. 3–5, was the best ever,
thanks largely to the spacious Sacramento Convention Center with its roomy
trade show floor, banquet hall and meeting rooms, and the wide-open gathering
spots for meeting and greeting. Add to that the stellar downtown Sacramento
location, with a plenitude of hotels and restaurant choices, and you have the
perfect setting for a successful event.
But the venue tells only half the story. What went on
within the walls is the other half. This year, the program was expanded to
include workshops all afternoon on Tuesday, and again on Thursday during lunch.
Guest speakers covered everything from the water situation to financial
modeling, with irrigation strategies, nitrogen budgeting, marketing programs
and a host of other topics eagerly received by growers, handlers and allied
industry members. The “speed dating” six-minute research updates followed by
the poster session both Wednesday and Thursday were well attended.
The Conference went out with a bang on Thursday
evening, with a trio of master comedians provoking nonstop laughter from the
record crowd at the Gala Dinner.
As one member of the audience said, “The comedians
were talented, witty and kept you so engaged that I never found myself looking
at my phone to see what time it was. Everyone I spoke with following the dinner
said they enjoyed it immensely. Driving home, we recounted the jokes line after
line and laughed all the way home!”
Polaris RANGER Side x Side Delivered to Turlock
5, was a lucky day for Pat Wilkey of Turlock. Her entry was drawn from hundreds
deposited in the back of a Polaris RANGER 400 UTV at The Almond Conference,
where Polaris Industries Inc., and the Almond Board teamed up to provide the
versatile UTV giveaway.
and her husband, Jack, grow almonds in Turlock, and are also owners of Wilkey
Industries, which provides processing equipment to handlers. The company was
one of many exhibitors at the trade show that ran concurrently at The Almond
Conference, which has grown substantially since the event was moved to the
Sacramento Convention Center with its larger facilities.
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