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Tim Spann Returns To California Avocado Commission

At the California Avocado Commission demonstration grove, CAC’s Research Program Director Dr. Tim Spann explains the growth cycle of avocado trees to a visitor.
At the California Avocado Commission demonstration grove, CAC’s Research Program Director Dr. Tim Spann explains the growth cycle of avocado trees to a visitor.

Last updated on June 14th, 2024 at 10:29 am

California avocado season is getting under way, and the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has updated its production forecast to 327 million pounds for its fiscal year 2014-15. CAC also says that Dr. Timothy Spann has returned to the commission staff and now serves as research program director.

Spann, who has a Ph.D. in plant biology from University of California, Davis, served as CAC’s research project manager for two years before becoming an associate professor at Fresno State University. Previously he was an associate professor at the University of Florida in the horticultural sciences department.

“We’re very pleased to have Tim back on the commission staff,” said CAC President Tom Bellamore. “He is leading production research activities that support California avocado grower productivity and contribute to delivering premium quality California avocados to the market year after year.”

The commission reports a strong opening to California avocado season in support of select California retailers’ Big Game promotions. California avocado volume is expected to build into March with promotable volume beginning in April.

“Some crop damage due to cold weather did occur around the New Year, but its impact is expected to be less than five percent of total production,” said Bellamore. “We have been sampling the early season fruit and the appearance and flavor are outstanding.”

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