Membership & Nominations

Members of research & promotion boardsa are nominated by industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.  They serve a vital role in overseeing Board operations.  It is USDA's policy that every Board’s membership:

  • Be open to all individuals without regard based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital or familial status, political beliefs, parental status, receipt of public assistance, or protected genetic information.
  • Reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

USDA encourages eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to seek nomination to serve on the Board and participate in its deliberation and encourages having a strong nominee pool (pdf) with at least two nominees for the Secretary to consider for each vacant position.

Visit the specific board pages to find out more information about the nomination process.