Release No.: 117-13 ¬
Sam Jones-Ellard, (202) 660-2268
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed one member and two alternates to the American Egg Board for the remainder of the 2013-2014 term.
Appointed board members and alternates, by region, are:
North Atlantic states – John Puglisi, New Jersey, member.
South Atlantic states – Alex R. Simpson, North Carolina, alternate member.
Western states – Jill I. Benson, California, alternate member.
Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966, when Congress passed the Cotton Research and Promotion Act. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 20 research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.
Composed of 18 members and 18 alternates representing six regions, the board administers an egg research and promotion program authorized by the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974. Terms on the board are staggered so that half of the membership is appointed each year in order to provide continuity in policy. The Secretary of Agriculture selects appointees from egg producers nominated by organizations representing the egg industry.
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