USDA Seeks Nominees for the Mushroom Council

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominees to fill three producer member seats for the Mushroom Council. Nominations for these seats are due to the council by May 1, 2019. The council will hold an election to select nominees for consideration by USDA to fill the seats representing U.S. regional producers. USDA will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

For a nomination application contact Mushroom Council President and CEO Bart Minor or Mushroom Council Operations Manager Cheryl Abbate at (650) 632-4250, or email or You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Marlene Betts at (202)720-9915 or

The nine-member council is composed of eight producers and one importer. More information about the council is available on the Mushroom Council web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website and on the council’s website,

Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 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, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.