The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint 12 individuals from those nominated to succeed members whose terms expire Oct. 31. The 12 new members will serve 3-year terms beginning Nov. 1, and ending Oct. 31, 2013.
USDA will accept nominations from the following regions: Region 2 (California); Region 3 (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming); Region 4 (Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas); Region 6 (Wisconsin); Region 9 (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia); Region 10 (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia); Region 11 (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania); and Region 12 (New York). Five members will be appointed for Region 2 (California), and one member for each of the remaining seven regions.
The 36-member National Dairy Promotion and Research Board is authorized to design programs to strengthen the dairy industry’s position in domestic and foreign markets. The national program is financed by a mandatory 15-cent per hundredweight assessment on all milk marketed commercially by dairy producers.