The Almond Board of California is hosting a panel of experts to discuss water availability issues facing the Central Valley. Recent court decisions related to protecting the endangered Delta Smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and restoring salmon to the San Joaquin River — coupled with drought and population growth in California — are putting unprecedented strain on the future availability of agricultural water.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to learn from the experts just how these water challenges will affect California agriculture, and the almond industry in particular.

Speakers will include:

Mike Wade, executive director, CA. Farm Water Coalition, presenting the statewide perspective on the water issues;

Todd Manley, director, Government Relations Northern California Water Association, discussing the Sacramento Valley perspective;

Bill Harrison, general manager, Del Puerto Water District, presenting the North San Joaquin Valley perspective; and

Jim Beck, general manager, Kern County Water Agency, discussing the issues affecting water availability for the South San Joaquin Valley

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto, Calif. If you are interested in understanding how water issues affect you, please RSVP your interest in attending by e-mailing Debye Hunter at dhunter@almondboard.com or call her at 209-343-3230. Please respond by Nov. 1.

The Almond Board of California administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. Established in 1950, the Board’s charge is to promote the best quality almonds, California’s largest tree nut crop. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit www.AlmondsAreIn.com.