Sacramento is proud to host the Almond Board of California’s 40th annual conference this week at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Whether shaved on a salad, used to top ice cream, ground into flour to make pastries or eaten whole, California Almonds may be small in size, but their impact in the California agriculture business is massive.

Sacramento is the farm-to-fork capital of America, and the almond is a prime example of how important agriculture is to the region as more and more local restaurants spring up using fresh, locally grown ingredients.

The infographic below illustrates what California Almonds mean to the state, the country and the world, with the 2 billion-pound crop being worth $2.8 billion in 2012.

California almonds make up 80 percent of world production