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Nominees sought for Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board


USDA is seeing fluid milk processors and other interested parties to nominate candidates for the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Nomination deadline is Oct. 31.


Five individuals will be named to succeed  members whose terms expire June 30, 2012. Appointed members will serve 3-year terms from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015. Additionally, the U.S. ag secretary will appoint one member to fill a vacancy in Region 4, with a term expiring June 30, 2013; and one member to fill a vacancy in Region 8, with a term expiring June 30, 2014.


USDA will accept nominations for board representation in seven geographic regions and two at-large positions. The geographic regions are: Region 3 (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia); Region 4 (Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina); Region 6 (Ohio and West Virginia); Region 8 (Illinois and Indiana); Region 9 (Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee); Region 12 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah); and Region 15 (Southern California).


The board was established by the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990, as amended, to develop and administer a coordinated program of advertising and education to promote fluid milk products. Of the board's 20 members, 15 represent geographic regions and five are at-large members. The at-large members must include at least three fluid milk processors and at least one member from the general public. Currently, there are four at-large processor members and one member from the general public serving on the board.


The national fluid milk program is financed by a mandatory 20¢ cwt. assessment on fluid milk processors who process and market commercially in consumer-type packages more than 3 million lbs. of fluid milk products per month in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia, excluding those fluid milk products delivered directly to consumer residences.


To nominate an individual, please submit a copy of the nomination form and a signed background form for each nominee by Oct. 31, 2011, to: Whitney Rick, Director, Promotion, Research and Planning Division, Dairy Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0233, Room 2958-S, Washington, D.C. 20250-0233 or via e-mail at whitney.rick@ams.usda.gov. To obtain forms or additional information, call (202) 720-6909. Blank forms are available on the Dairy Promotion and Research Branch’s website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/Dairy.