CONNER NAMES MEMBERS TO THE NATIONAL WATERMELON PROMOTION BOARD
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2007 -- Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner today appointed six producer and six handler members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
Two producer members have been reappointed for a second term, and four new producer and six new handler members have been appointed to serve on the board for the next three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and ending on Dec. 31, 2010.
Reappointed producer members are: Randall L. Hageman, Prosser, Wash., District 5; and George Cordero, Hemet, Calif., District 7.
Newly appointed producer members are: Michael Owen Horrall, Oaktown, Ind., and Will T. Hales, Salisbury, Md., District 4; Adam Icardo, Bakersfield, Calif., District 5; and Jack S. Thomson, Bakersfield, District 7.
Newly appointed handler members are: Michael "Kelly" Tyner, Vincennes, Ind., and Joshua R. Bailey, Schoolcraft, Mich., District 4; Daniel Allen Van Groningen, Manteca, Calif., and Ron Perry, Ripon, Calif., District 5; and Raul Paez, Nogales, Ariz., and Justin Schmidt, Ladera Ranch, Calif., District 7.
Authorized under the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act of 1985, the board administers an industry-funded national research and promotion program to maintain and expand markets for watermelon. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service monitors the operations of the board.