USDA Announces Appointments to the American Egg Board

January 03, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of nine members and nine alternates to serve on the American Egg Board. All appointed members and alternates will serve two-year terms beginning March 2024 and ending March 2026.

Newly appointed members and alternates are:

East States

  • John Puglisi, Howell, N.J., member
  • Tony A. Wesner, Pantego, N.C., member
  • Christopher M. Pierce, Annville, Pa., member
  • Alex R. Simpson, Monroe, N.C., alternate
  • Natalie Held, Clarence, N.Y., alternate
  • Christina Hudson Kohler, Syracuse, N.Y., alternate

Central States

  • Andrew Seger, Jasper, Ind., member
  • Sandra Lausecker, Columbus, Ohio, member
  • Sam Krouse, Fort Wayne, Ind., alternate
  • Amy Herbruck, Saranac, Mich., alternate

West States

  • Jasen Urena, Mission Viejo, Calif., member
  • Lisa M. Henning, Johnston, Iowa, member
  • Laura Stubenvoll, Wayzata, Minn., member
  • Sara Stiebrs, Olympia, Wash., member
  • John Bedell, Escalon, Calif., alternate
  • Ross A. Dean, Des Moines, Iowa, alternate
  • Brent Nelson, Manhattan, Kan., alternate
  • Melanie Johnson, Spanish Fork, Utah, alternate

The American Egg Board is composed of 18 members and 18 alternates representing three areas and is authorized by the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974. More information about the board and list of board members is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) American Egg Board webpage.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

AMS policy is that diversity of the boards, councils, and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.

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