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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Appoints National Honey Board Members

AMS No. 191-13

Gwen Sparks, (202) 260-8210

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed four members and four alternates to the National Honey Board. Each representative will serve a three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Newly appointed to the board are producers Douglas Hauke of Marshfield, Wis., who will serve as a member; and alternate Courtney Fullerton of Babb, Mont.

Members reappointed to the board include first handler Brent Barkman of Hillsboro, Kan., importer Candace Trussler of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and marketing cooperative representative Mark Mammen of Sioux City, Iowa. Reappointed alternates include first handler Brian E. Nipper of Phoenix, Ariz.; importer Ronald P. Phipps of Bayville, N.Y.; and marketing cooperative representative Bob Brandi, of Los Banos, Calif.

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