The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking dairy producers and other interested parties to nominate dairy producers to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. The deadline for nominations is April 9, 2018. USDA will appoint 12 individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on October 31, 2018.
Nominations are sought for board representation from 10 geographic regions. Two members will be appointed for Regions 2 and 6, and one for each of the remaining regions. New members will be appointed to serve three-year terms from November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2021.
Region 1, Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
Region 2, California and Hawaii.
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 11, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Region 12, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
To nominate an individual, please submit a nomination form and a signed background form for each nominee by April 9, 2018, to: 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 email@example.com  Nominating forms and more information is available on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board  page on the AMS website.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.
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