The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by July 10, 2017.
The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 12 dairy producers and one importer to serve 3-year terms beginning Nov. 1, 2017, and ending Oct. 31, 2020. The selected representatives will replace board members whose terms expire Oct. 31, 2017.
Nominations will be accepted from the following regions: Region 1 (Alaska, Oregon, and Washington), Region 3 (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming), Region 4 (Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas), Region 5 (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota), Region 6 (Wisconsin), Region 7 (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska), Region 8 (Idaho), Region 9 (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia), Region 10 (Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia), and Region 12 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The Secretary will appoint two members for Region 4 and Region 6, and one for each of the remaining regions and the dairy importer position.
USDA established the 37-member Board under the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983. Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards that are industry-funded and empower agricultural industries with a framework to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.
For nominating forms and information, visit https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/research-promotion/dairy or contact Jill Hoover, Deputy Director, Promotion, Research, and Planning Division, Dairy Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Room 2958-S, Stop 0233, Washington, D.C. 20250-0233; telephone (202) 720-1069; fax (202) 720-0285; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.