Her words are true. We continue to work together to build a brand that customers and consumers love and trust. I want to thank Secretary Ross for inspiring our next generation of leaders and extend our congratulations on her reappointment. Our global markets and industry are better served with her leadership. My wish for the new year is that all our grower-owners have a good bloom and great crop to feed the marketplace. We will deliver on our promise to bring the benefits of almonds to the world. The best is yet to come! Think about the people who made the investment and gave up their time to create an entity that would last much longer than them or that they would even see the return for. That’s leadership. Those are people who were willing to come together, work together, and build something together that had a benefit far beyond their own personal bottom line. Pictured from left to right: Blue Diamond Chairman of the Board Dan Cummings, California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and Blue Diamond President and CEO Mark Jansen. —CDFA Secretary Karen Ross 7 J A N U A R Y – F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9