USDA Seeks Nominees for the Mushroom Council

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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, 2021.

The council will hold an election to select nominees for consideration by USDA to fill two seats representing U.S. producers in Region 2 and one seat in Region 3. USDA will appoint individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2021.

For a nomination application, contact Mushroom Council President and CEO Bart Minor or Operations Manager Cheryl Abbate at (816) 251-4512, or email or You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Jeanette Palmer at (202) 720-5976 or

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

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 21 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.