The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The CWB is governed by a Federal Walnut Marketing Order. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the United States through publicity and educational programs. The Board also provides funding for walnut production and post-harvest research.
Both the California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission have standing committees to provide recommendations to the full boards as well as staff.
The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The Commission is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CWC is mainly involved in health research and export market development activities.
The Audit committee is responsible for financial, procedural and policy oversight. Both the CWB and CWC committees meet concurrently.
The Budget and Personnel committee oversees administrative issues and approves, prior to being sent to the full Board, all budgets and personnel issues.
The Diversity committee was established to attempt to bring greater diversity to the boards and their committees.
The Export committee oversees the determination as to whether or not volume controls and/or minimum prices are necessary for the wellbeing of the industry.
The Grades and Standards committee periodically reviews the grades and standards the industry uses and their suitability and acceptability in world trade.
The Intra Industry Communications committee is responsible for directing staff regarding communication with the growers of our industry.
The Issues Management committee is responsible for communicating with government officials here in the state of California and in the nation's capital.
This committee of the Board is responsible for domestic market development activities, which for now include public relations, advertising, foodservice and promotion.
The Marketing Order Revision Committee (MORC) is responsible for evaluating proposed changes to the federal marketing order for walnuts (Juglans Regia).
The Production Research committee of the Board is responsible for overseeing the production research activities.