Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 12 members to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. All appointees will serve three-year terms beginning immediately. 

"These appointees represent a cross section of the dairy industry and I am confident that dairy producers will be well served by them," says Vilsack.

Dairy production is vital to the United States agriculture industry. In 2008, according to USDA statistics, 190 billion pounds of milk were produced in the United States. The 36-member board is authorized by the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983. The Secretary selected the appointees from nominations submitted by eligible producer organizations, general farm organizations, and qualified State or regional dairy products promotion, research or nutrition education programs.

The board's goal is to strengthen the position of dairy in the marketplace and to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for dairy and dairy products. The mandatory program is funded at the rate of 15 cents per hundredweight of milk produced in the 48 contiguous states and marketed commercially. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight of the board.

Newly appointed are:

  • George E. Marsh, Oregon (Region 1)
  • Ray S. Prock, California (Region 2)
  • Arlene J. Vander Eyk, California (Region 2)
  • Brian W. Esplin, Idaho (Region 3)
  • Neil A. Hoff, Texas (Region 4)
  • Paul A. Fritsche, Minnesota (Region 5)
  • Patricia M. Boettcher, Wisconsin (Region 6)
  • Mark E. Erdman, Illinois (Region7)
  • Susan D. K. Troyer, Indiana (Region 9)
  • Ronald R. McCormick, New York (Region 12)

Reappointed to serve second terms are: 

  • Randy G. Roecker, Wisconsin (Region 6)
  • Rita P. Kennedy, Pennsylvania (Region 11)

Source: USDA