The Almond Conference offers the following events and meal functions to attendees:
Meal tickets are available for purchase during the online registration process and are optional.
Tuesday, December 4
Opening Reception - Cocktails available (first drink is complimentary, those after can be purchased at the cash bar)
Wednesday, December 5
Luncheon with keynote address ($35.00)
Social Reception - Cocktails available (first drink is complimentary, those after can be purchased at the cash bar)
Thursday, December 6
Luncheon with keynote address ($35.00)
Gala Dinner with evening entertainment ($85.00)
**The Exhibitor Floor welcomes all guests 13 years of age or older. Additionally, non-mobile infants accompanied by adults are also welcome on the Show Floor.
David Deak Wednesday, December 5 | Luncheon Sponsored by Moss Adams
David Deak has spent his career at the heart of disruptive innovation having cut his teeth in the emerging natural and exotic food sectors, and then more recently focusing on the future of electric energy in the roles of Senior Development Engineer at Tesla Motors, Inc., and Chief Technology Officer at Lithium Americas Corp. In his luncheon presentation, David will address the disciplines and benefits of disruptive innovation, and discuss how the California almond industry may want to embrace change differently in the future.
Gregg Doud Thursday, December 6 | Luncheon Sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit
As the Trump administration continues to grapple with an uneven global trade landscape, California agriculture has been affected as certain foreign trading partners have erected retaliatory tariffs. Ambassador Gregg Doud (invited), Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), will discuss the challenges and opportunities that encompass global trade negotiations and the role that U.S. agriculture plays at the negotiating table. Present and future U.S. trade policies will also be addressed, and how agriculture will benefit in the years ahead.
*Luncheon speakers subject to change
Almond Orchard 2025: Setting Goals For Responsible Growth Wednesday, December 5 - 7:30-9:00 am | Hall C
Speaker: Holly King (Triple Crown Holdings, LP)
Moderator: Daren Williams (ABC)
It's been said that setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. When we look back at key improvements across almond farming and processing, most have been invisible to the world. However, the new Almond Orchard 2025 goals are designed to change that. By turning a commitment to continuous improvement into tangible goals, we can bring a transparency-craving public along on our journey. This eye-opening general session will feature a live consumer focus group, exploring what consumers expect from food producers, impacts on purchasing decisions and how the new industry goals are positioning California Almonds for continued success.
GALA DINNER MUSICAL GUEST
James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash A show that walks the line!
For more than a decade, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash's biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. From special concert airings on PBS stations to shows at Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, it's easy to see why this is the premier tribute to the "Man in Black." The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash's life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.
Garner and his band have performed more than 500 professional shows, including a special concert at Folsom State Prison in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Cash's infamous live album recorded behind prison walls. On the 50th anniversary of Cash's historic performance, Garner's show - with special guest Tara Cash (Johnny Cash's youngest daughter) - returned to the city of Folsom for two sold out concert events at the Harris Center for the Arts. The shows included songs from the Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison album and stories by Tara Cash about her legendary father.
In addition to performing across the United States, Garner's group has released three full-length albums, making them the most recorded and published Johnny Cash tribute show in the nation.