USDA Seeks Hass Avocado Board Nominees

April 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominees to fill two producer and one importer seats for members and two producer and one importer seats for alternates on the Hass Avocado Board to succeed members whose terms expire on Oct. 31, 2019.

Nominations for these seats are due to the board by May 8, 2019. The board engages an independent Certified Public Accounting firm to conduct an industry election to choose nominees to be considered for appointment by USDA.

For nomination forms, visit the Hass Avocado Board website or contact Hass Avocado Board Executive Director Emiliano Escobedo at (949) 341-3250 or You may also contact USDA Marketing Specialist Sue Coleman at (202) 378-2569 or

The board is industry-funded and supports the national marketing and promotion of Hass avocados. It is composed of 12 members including seven producers and five importers. Each member has an alternate.

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. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

More information about the board is available on the Hass Avocado Board page of the AMS website.