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S erving as a centre for communication, the Australian Almond Conference offers presentations on almond production related topics that directly impact grower decisions and activities in the orchard and marketplace. With technical experts from across the globe, it’s no surprise that every year, Australian almond growers and allied industry members gather for the only conference in Australia dedicated entirely to the almond industry. For the second year in a row, growers and industry converged on the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg SA, from October 28th – 30th to attend the 2014 Australian Almond Conference (AAC) and Trade Exhibition. This year’s Conference was the biggest yet with almost 340 registered delegates, once again confirming it as a landmark event for the Australian almond industry. The growers benefited from the ongoing networking opportunities with their peers, presenters and suppliers. It is wonderful to see our industry so well supported, with many attendees remarking on the positive atmosphere. This highlights the importance of a national event to encourage networking and unity between growers, researchers, supply chain and service providers across Australia. The Conference is one of the best opportunities for processors and growers to sharpen their knowledge to foster the long-term sustainability of the industry. The highlight of the information-transfer calendar, the program included both international and domestic keynote speakers presenting the latest advances in production and pest and disease management, along with almond marketing strategies in Australia and internationally. The conference is an ideal setting for face-to-face communication of research and development (R&D) project results to national levy payers and those who service the industry. The first day’s program included the Annual Levy Payers’ Meeting, presentations on almond nutrition, the global market, marketing and branding of Australian almonds, advancements in orchard robotics and hulling and shelling. Panel sessions also took place with lively discussions on the future direction of both almond marketing and modern almond orchards.