USDA Appoints Members to National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

October 23, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 12 members to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. These appointees will serve three-year terms, November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2022.

Newly appointed members are:

  • Justin F. Leyendekker, California (Region 2)
  • Stephen D. Weststeyn, California (Region 2)
  • Nathaniel P. Moroney, Texas (Region 4)
  • James W. Reid, Michigan (Region 9)
  • Joanna B. Shipp, Virginia (Region 10)

Newly reappointed are:

  • Stephen D. Maddox, California (Region 2)
  • Michael Oosten, California (Region 2)
  • Arlene VanderEyk, California (Region 2)
  • Manuel C. Caballero, Arizona (Region 3)
  • Connie M. Seefeldt, Wisconsin (Region 6)
  • Jennifer L. Heltzel, Pennsylvania (Region 11)
  • Bret J. Bossard, New York (Region 12)

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board is composed of 37 members, 36 members represent 12 geographic regions within the United States and 1 member represents importers. The board was established by the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 to develop and administer a coordinated program of advertising and promotion to increase the demand for dairy products and ingredients. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Program is financed by a mandatory 15-cent per hundredweight assessment on milk for commercial use and 7.5-cent per hundredweight assessment on milk imported.

More information about the board is available on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board page on the AMS website, including a link to the Board’s membership under the heading Organizational Structure.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized 21 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

More information about research and promotion programs is available on the Research and Promotion Programs page on the AMS website.

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