The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for seven seats on the National Mango Board BB #:189894. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint six individuals to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2024, and one individual to fill a first handler position whose term will begin immediately and expire Dec. 31, 2024.
The National Mango Board is seeking nominees for the following seats:
- Three importers representing District II.
- Two foreign producers.
- One domestic producer.
- One first handler.
District II includes the Customs Districts of Mobile, Ala. (19), New Orleans, La. (20), Port Arthur, Texas (21), Laredo, Texas (23), Minneapolis, Minn. (35), Duluth, Minn. (36), Milwaukee, Wis. (37), Detroit, Mich. (38), Chicago, IL. (39), Cleveland, Ohio (41), St. Louis, Mo. (45), Houston, Texas (53), and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (55).
The board is made up of 18 industry members including eight importers, seven foreign producers, two domestic producers, and one first handler. More information about the board is available on the National Mango Board webpage on the AMS website and on the board’s website at www.mango.org. You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist George Webster, at (202) 365-4172 or by email at George.Webster@usda.gov.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight to 22 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.
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.