USDA Seeks National Mango Board Nominees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for the National Mango Board to fill seats for six members whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2018. Nomination applications for the seats are due Feb. 21, 2018. Selected representatives will serve three-year terms of office.

The National Mango Board is seeking nominees for two importer seats that represent District 1 (Eastern states), one domestic producer seat, one first handler seat, and two foreign producer seats. The 18-member board includes eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler and seven foreign producers.

Applications are available online at, or by contacting Manuel Michel or Anna Deschamps-Polonia at (407) 629-7318, extension 112; or email or You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Jeanette Palmer at (202) 720-9915 or

The National Mango Board is industry-funded and supports the marketing and promotion of fresh mangos. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 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, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

Source: USDA AMS