USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Honey Board

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the National Honey Board. USDA will appoint individuals to succeed six members and alternates whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2018, and one whose term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2018.

The board is composed of 10 members and 10 alternates. Nominees are currently sought for one first handler, one importer, one producer and their alternates to serve three-year terms. In addition, the board is seeking one importer alternate to fill the last year of an unexpired term.

To be eligible, producer nominees must produce a minimum of 50,000 pounds of honey in the United States annually based on the best three-year average of the most recent five calendar years. All nominees must submit a completed application to a qualified national organization within the honey industry.

More information is available on the National Honey Board website or on the AMS National Honey Board page. For a list of national qualified nominating organizations or other assistance contact National Honey Board CEO Margaret Lombard at (303) 776-2337 or; or USDA Marketing Specialist Sue Coleman at (202) 378-2569 or

The National Honey Board is industry-funded and supports the national marketing and promotion of honey and honey products. Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 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. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

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