Each appointee will serve a three-year term.
The board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seed-stock producer, and three first handlers. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints approximately one-third of all board members each year.
The newly appointed board members are: Tom Colyer, Massachusetts, and Gwendolyn Kitzan, South Dakota, representing producers; Martin Auza, California, representing feeders; and Jeffrey Oatman, Colorado, representing first handlers.
Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorised by Congress and date back to 1966. Since then, Congress has authorised the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards. They aim to empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities.