Members of national commodity promotion boards (sometimes called councils) are nominated by industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. USDA is concerned about the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities on the Board’s. It is USDA's policy that board membership accurately reflects the diversity of individuals served by the programs various commodity boards. Therefore, it is USDA’s policy that membership on USDA boards and committees (1) be open to all individuals without regard based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital or familial status, political beliefs, parental status, receipt of public assistance, or protected genetic information, and (2) reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs. USDA is committed to equal opportunity and seeks your organization's support in fulfilling this commitment. . USDA encourages eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to seek nomination to serve on the boards and participate in their deliberations. Each year, approximately 1/3 of the membership of each group must be reappointed. Generally, members may serve two three-year terms. Some boards also have alternate members.
Members of the American Lamb Board are nominated by the industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Members serve a vital role in overseeing the American Lamb Board’s Program operations.
MEMBERSHIP: The 13-member Board which is comprised of 6 producers, and 3 feeders or 3 first handlers, and 1 seedstock producer. For purposes of nominating and appointing producers to the Board, the United States is divided into 2 regions and each region must be represented by at least 2 producers.
Additionally, in accordance with the statute, a nominee to the Board must fall under one of following criteria: two producers must own annually 100 or less head of lambs; one producer must own annually between 101 and 500 head of lambs; and three producers must own more than 500 head of lambs annually. Two of the 3 feeder members of the board must also conform to the annual ownership of head of lambs, and the third feeder representative appointed by the Secretary is not bound by the size requirement. There are also 3 first handler members and 1 seedstock producer member appointed to the Board.
NEXT TERM OF OFFICE: All board members serve three-year terms. No board member can serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. Approximately one-third of the Board is appointed each year.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: A nominee to the American Lamb Board must be a producer, feeder, seedstock producer or first handler who markets or handles lamb or lamb products in the United States and pays the mandatory assessment.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Nominations to the Board are accepted from certified eligible organizations representing producers, feeders, first handlers or seedstock producers. The eligibility of State, regional or national organizations is determined by USDA and is based on provisions defined in the Commodity Research, and Promotion Act. All nominees are subject to USDA background review.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you would like additional information about the Lamb Checkoff Program please contact:
Marketing Programs Branch, Livestock and Seed, AMS, USDA
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-0224