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Secretary Vilsack Announces Watermelon Promotion Board Appointments

AMS No. 261-12
Gwen Sparks, (202) 260-8210

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 12 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Each representative will serve a three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Newly appointed board members include Joshua A. Moore of Turkey, N.C.; Daniel T. King of Chula, Ga.; Jack C. Wallace, Jr. from Edinburg, Texas and Kevin V. Green of Henderson, Texas.

Reappointed members include William Henry (Hank) Floyd of Malone, Fla.; Brian Arrigo of Estero, Fla.; Dana C. Strong, of Arlington, Texas; John W. Thomas from Palmhurst, Texas; Anthony (Tony) A. Moore from Raleigh, N.C.; W. Brent Jackson of Autryville, N.C.; Leslie A. Bloebaum of Tifton, Ga. and Ricky W. Tucker of Enigma, Ga.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides board oversight in accordance with the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act. The program is administered by board members, who are selected by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress and date back to 1966. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 20 research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers, establishing a framework for them to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS oversight ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

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