The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the United States Potato Board. The board is composed of producers, importers and a public member, with approximately one-third of the board appointed each year.
Prospective nominees must submit completed applications by July 1, 2014. Appointees will serve a three-year term. Nominations for producer members are submitted by potato producers in various states. Importers nominate importer members while the board nominates the public member. Producer members must produce five or more acres of potatoes to be eligible to serve. The appointees will replace members whose terms expire Feb. 28, 2015, as well as fill currently vacant seats.
Currently, the board is looking to fill 58 open seats for producers and importers from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The board meets regularly to plan promotion, marketing and research activities that benefit the industry. The national program, which became effective in 1971, supports domestic and international marketing and promotion of potatoes.
USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by the research and promotion program. All eligible women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek nomination for a seat on the United States Potato Board.
For more information or a nomination form, please contact Alexandra Imhof, United States Potato Board Industry Communications and Policy Manager, by phone at (303) 369-7783, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.