Director, Agricultural Affairs
Bob plays a key role in administering many aspects of the Almond Board of California (ABC) Strategic Ag Innovation Program. This includes funding research as well as outreach and policy engagement. Program areas include: orchard, tree and rootstock; irrigation, nutrition and soil health management; pest management; pollination and bee health; harvesting; biomass utilization; food safety; and sustainability.
The long-term ABC commitment to research and outreach has resulted in increased production efficiency, improved quality, and environmentally responsible orchard and pest management practices.
Bob rejoined the Almond Board in 2006, where he began his career over 40 years ago. He has also worked for the California Strawberry Advisory Board and Campbell Soup Company in the areas of technical and research program administration and implementation.
In 2013, Bob was awarded the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) Award of Distinction, which recognized his work as a liaison for the betterment of partnerships between the almond industry and the agricultural research community. Bob received his master’s in agricultural entomology from UC Riverside and a bachelors in zoology from UC Los Angeles.