Voting is under way to select two independent grower members and alternates and one independent handler member and alternate to serve as directors for the Almond Board of California (ABC) during the 2010-2011 crop year. The ABC directors' term of office begins March 1.

Candidates for the independent grower positions are:

Position One, Member (One year term):

• Mike Mason, Wasco (petitioner)

Position One, Alternate:

• Brad Klump, Escalon (incumbent)

Position Two, Member (Three year term):

• Bill Harp, Bakersfield (petitioner)

Position Two, Alternate:

• Daryll Quaresma, Ripon (petitioner)

• Brian Wahlbrink, Denair (petitioner)

Candidates for the independent handler positions are:

Position Three, Member (One year term):

• Keith Rigg, Le Grand (incumbent)

Position Three, Alternate:

• Dean Nelson, Kerman (incumbent)

• Thomas Daniel, Denair (petitioner)

Ballots and instructions are being mailed to those independent growers and handlers whose names are on file with ABC. If an independent grower or handler does not receive a ballot, one may be obtained from the ABC office at 1150 Ninth Street, Suite 1500, Modesto, Calif., 95354. Ballots must be received no later than Feb. 17 to be counted. Additional election information may be obtained by contacting Sue Olson at (209) 343-3224.

As a governing body for the industry, the ABC Board of Directors is comprised of five handler and five grower representatives who set policy and recommend budgets for production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.

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 visit www.AlmondBoard.com.