Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names National Mango Board Members [November 18, 2011, News Release
USDA Issues Final Rule Adjusting National Mango Board Membership [June 22, 2011, News Release
USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to National Mango Board Membership [March 15, 2011, News Release
Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Assessment Increase. Docket Number: AMS-FV-11-0021. Published: April 12, 2012.[Final Rule
Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Reapportionment. Docket Number: AMS-FV-10-0092. Published: June 22, 2011. [Final Rule
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Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Assessment Increase. Docket Number: AMS-FV-11-0021. Published: May 10, 2011. Comment Period: May 10, 2011 – July 11, 2011. [Proposed Rule
On June 29, 2001, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas submitted a proposal for a national research and promotion program covering domestic and imported mangos. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) conducted a referendum on the proposed program in2003. Of the mango handlers and importers who voted in the referendum, 77 percent favored implementation of the Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order).
As a result of the referendum, the Mango Order became effective on November 3, 2004, and assessment collections began on January 3, 2005. During a continuance referendum held March 15-26, 2010, 73 percent of voters favored continuation of the Order. Continuance referenda are held every five years; the next is scheduled for 2015.
The Order is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 [7 U.S.C. 7411-7425].
The purpose of the mango program is to increase the consumption of fresh mangos in the United States. The program is administered by the National Mango Board (Board), which is composed of mango industry representatives nominated by their peers and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board’s operations are funded by an assessment of ½ cent per pound collected on fresh mangos produced in and imported into the United States. The assessment is paid by first handlers and importers of 500,000 or more pounds of fresh mangos per year. First handlers pay the assessment directly to the Board, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection collects the import assessment.
The Board’s 2012 budget is approximately $4.3 million. That funding is used to conduct generic promotion and market development activities to increase demand for mangos in the United States. The Board reimburses AMS and USDA’s Office of General Counsel for expenses incurred in the oversight of the program. The program is funded primarily by import assessments because imports account for more than 90 percent of the mangos consumed in the United States.
The Board is composed of 18 members, including eight importers; two domestic producers; one first handler; and seven foreign producers. Board members are appointed to three-year terms and may be reappointed. Nominations for the importer, domestic producer, and first handler seats are made by U.S. importers, domestic producers, and first handlers respectively. Foreign producers are nominated by foreign producer associations or by individuals.
The National Mango Board is located in Orlando, Florida.