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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asks fluid milk processors and other interested parties to nominate candidates to serve on the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 28, 2018.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint six individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on June 30, 2019. Newly appointed members will serve three-year terms from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022.

USDA will accept nominations for board representation in four geographic regions and two at-large positions. Nominees for the regional positions and one at-large position must be active owners or employees of a fluid milk processor. The nominee for the other at-large position may be either a fluid milk processor or a member of the general public.

The geographic regions with vacancies are: Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont); Region 4 (Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina); Region 7 (Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin); and Region 10 (Texas).

Fluid milk processors and interested parties may submit nominations for regions in which they are located or regions in which they market fluid milk, and for the two at-large members.

To nominate an individual, please submit a copy of the nomination form and a signed background form for each nominee by Dec. 28, 2018, to: Emily DeBord, Promotion, Research, and Planning Division, Dairy Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0233, Room 2958-S, Washington, D.C. 20250-0233, or via email to Nominating forms and more information is available on the AMS website or by calling (202) 720-5567.

Information about the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board is available on its website.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity.