USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Honey Board

January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the National Honey Board.  The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint individuals to succeed eight members and alternates whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2021.

The board is composed of 10 industry members and 10 alternates. The board is seeking one first handler, one importer, one producer, one marketing cooperative representative and their alternates to serve three-year terms in office.

Only qualified national organizations within the honey industry may nominate members. All nominees must meet the qualifications and have a completed application submitted. Producer members or alternates must produce a minimum of 50,000 pounds of honey in the U.S. annually based on the best three-year average of the most recent five calendar years.

More information is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Honey Board webpage or on the National Honey Board website. You may also contact National Honey Board CEO Margaret Lombard at (303) 776-2337 or, or USDA Marketing Specialist Katie Cook at (202) 617-4760 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 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. AMS provides oversight to 21 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.