The terms of office for 12 members of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Board) will expire on October 31, 2022. Nominations for the expiring positions are being solicited. Enclosed is a Notice to Trade requesting dairy producer organizations and other interested parties nominate candidates for the Board. Five members will be appointed for Region 2 and one member for each of the remaining regions. Nominees should be willing to give about 25 days per year of their time to attend scheduled Board meetings and other related functions. All nominees must be in good standing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Members whose terms expire October 31, 2022, are:
Region 2 Justin F. Leyendekker, California
Region 2 Stephen D. Weststeyn, California
Region 2* Arlene J. Vander Eyk, California
Region 2* Stephen D. Maddox, California
Region 2* Michael R. Oosten, California
Region 3* Manuel C. Cabellero, Arizona
Region 4 Nathaniel P. Moroney, Texas
Region 6* Connie M. Seefeldt, Wisconsin
Region 9 James W. Reid, Michigan
Region 10 Joanna B. Shipp, Virginia
Region 11* Jennifer L. Heltzel, Pennsylvania
Region 12* Bret J. Bossard, New York
* Members not eligible for re-nomination.
Dairy Producer Nomination Information
You may nominate a dairy producer(s) for each of the 12 expiring positions in each of the regions where your organization conducts business. The person(s) nominated must produce milk in the region for which they are nominated.
If there is more than one organization representing producers in a specific region, they may caucus and jointly nominate a producer(s) for each position representing that region on the Board for which a member is to be appointed. If a caucus is held, the caucus chairperson should prepare and submit a separate nomination form for each nominee on behalf of the caucus. It is not necessary for each organization participating in the caucus to submit nominations if it is in agreement with the caucus. If nominations are submitted as a result of a caucus, we encourage the nomination of more than one producer for each position on the Board. If joint agreement is not reached with respect to any such nominations, or if there is no caucus held, each eligible organization should submit to the Secretary a nomination for each appointment to be made to represent that region.
If you wish to nominate a dairy producer, please submit a completed and signed copy of the enclosed nomination and background information forms for each nominee by April 25, 2022, to:
Promotion, Research, and Planning Division
USDA, AMS, Dairy Program
Stop 0233, Room 2958-South Building
400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-0233
USDA's programs are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. AMS policy is that diversity of the board should reflect the diversity of its industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.
If you have any questions, please contact the Promotion, Research, and Planning Division at (202) 720-1069 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.