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USDA Announces National Fluid Milk Processor Board Appointments

Release No. 109-13
Hakim Fobia (202) 690-0488

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced seven appointments to the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. All appointees will serve 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016.

“I am confident that these experts from across the fluid milk industry will serve fluid milk processors well. “Vilsack said. “I appreciate their involvement and look to them to help ensure the strength of this vital sector.”

Newly appointed members are: Alan J. Bernon, Region 7; Thomas N. Davis III, Region 10; Robert B. McCullough, at-large processor; and Brian T. DeFelice, at-large processor.

Newly reappointed members are: James F. Walsh, Region 1; Dwight A. Moore, Jr., Region 4; and Henry F. Michon, Region 13.

The Secretary selected the appointees from nominations submitted by eligible processor organizations and interested parties. The 20-member board is authorized by the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990, as amended.

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 those 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 consumer information.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service monitors operation of the board.
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