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USDA seeks nominees for the National Potato Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominees for the National Potato Promotion Board to succeed 65 members with terms that expire Feb. 28, 2023.

The deadline nomination is Aug. 15, 2022.

Nominees are requested to succeed members in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming for the 2023 to 2026 term.

Nominees are also requested to succeed importers for the same term.

Nominations for producer members are submitted by potato producers in various states. Importers nominate importer members. Contact your state program manager or Chelsea Gray at the Potatoes USA (303) 369-7783. You may also contact Alex Caryl, branch chief, Mid-Atlantic Region at (202) 253-4768 or Alexandra.Caryl@usda.gov.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of 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. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

AMS policy is that diversity of the boards, councils and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to 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.