AMS No. 083-11
Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 720-8998
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced six appointments to the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. All appointees will serve 3-year terms.
“These appointees represent a diverse cross-section of the fluid milk industry, and I am confident that they will serve fluid milk processors throughout the United States well,” said Vilsack.
Newly appointed members are: Scott W. Shehadey, At Large.
Newly reappointed members are: Christopher S. Ross, Region 2; Michael R. Smith, Region 5; Michael A. Bell, Region 8; Steven M. Turner, Region 11; and Jay B. Simon, Region 14.
The Board oversees the collection of the 20-cent per hundredweight mandatory assessment on fluid milk products processed and marketed commercially in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Processors who process and market 3 million pounds or less per month, excluding fluid milk products delivered to the residence of a consumer, are exempt from assessments. In addition, the Board develops and administers a coordinated program of promotion, research, and nutrition education.
The 20-member Board is authorized by the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990, as amended. The Secretary selected the appointees from nominations submitted by eligible processor organizations.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service monitors operation of the Board.
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