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Bob administers the Almond Board of California (ABC) production research program.  The ABC funds research in horticulture; entomology; plant pathology and nematology; aflatoxin and almond quality field studies; integrated pest management; and pollination and honey bee health issues. This long term commitment to research has resulted in increased production efficiency, improved quality, and…

Bob administers the Almond Board of California (ABC) production research program.  The ABC funds research in horticulture; entomology; plant pathology and nematology; aflatoxin and almond quality field studies; integrated pest management; and pollination and honey bee health issues. This long term commitment to research has resulted in increased production efficiency, improved quality, and environmentally responsible orchard and pest management practices.

He works to assure research addresses both production and production-related issues and to assure implementation of research findings.  As such, Bob interacts closely with the University of California (UC) and other universities; the US Department of Agriculture; UC Cooperative Extension; ag and ag-related organizations; and state and federal agencies.

Bob rejoined the Almond Board in 2006, where he began his career 39 years ago. 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 has also worked for the California Strawberry Advisory Board and Campbell Soup Company in the areas of technical and research program administration and implementation. He received his masters (thesis research producing peer reviewed publications) in agricultural entomology from UC Riverside and bachelors (cum laude) in zoology from UC Los Angeles.

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Robert Curtis

Director of Agricultural Affairs
Almond Board of California
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