Two Wisconsin women have been appointed to three-year terms on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, succeeding two members whose terms have expired.
Stacy Eberle of Monroe and Becky Levzow of Rio, both Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board directors, have been appointed to the board by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Their terms begin immediately and will expire on Oct. 31, 2020, although they will be eligible for reappointment to a second term.
Appointees are eligible to serve two three-year terms on the board. Leaving the board from Wisconsin will be Amber Horn-Leiterman of Brillion, who served as chairwoman in 2017 but whose second three-year term expired at the end of October. William Herr, a board member from Greenwood, was eligible for appointment to a second term but was not reappointed.
The Dairy Research and Promotion Program, also known as the dairy checkoff, is a national producer and importer program for dairy product promotion, research and nutrition education. To fund the program. U.S. dairy farmers pay a 15-cents-per-hundredweight assessment on the milk they market and importers pay 7.5 cents per hundredweight on dairy products imported into the U.S. The program was created and is administered under the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 and the Dairy Promotion Research Order.
The board comprises 38 members. Thirty-six dairy producer members represent 12 geographic regions within the U.S. and two members represent dairy importers.
Members are selected by the secretary from nominations submitted by dairy producer organizations, dairy importer organizations, general farm organizations and qualified programs.
“These appointees will be valuable assets for the National Dairy Board as it carries out its coordinated program of promotion designed to strengthen the dairy industry’s position in the marketplace and to maintain and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products,” Perdue said in a news release. “They represent a cross-section of the dairy industry and I know that it will be well served by them.”
The NDB is one of 22 research and promotion boards that are industry funded. the Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.