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Release No. 0290.08
Becky Unkenholz (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) (202) 720-8998

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2008 -- Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the appointment of eight new members and reappointment of five incumbents to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Twelve appointees will serve three-year terms, Nov. 1, 2008 through Oct. 31, 2011 and one appointee from Region 2 will serve a two-year term, Nov. 1, 2008 through Oct. 31, 2010.

Newly appointed were: John B. Fiscalini, Modesto, Calif. (Region 2, shortened term); Ronald E. Shelton, Greeley, Colo. (Region 3); Harold A. Wick, Austin, Colo. (Region 3); Byron A. Lehman, Newton, Kan. (Region 4); Kenton W. Holle, Mandan, N.D. (Region 5); Sharon K. Laubscher, Wonewoc, Wis. (Region 6); Larry B. Jaggers, Glendale, Ky. (Region 8); and Ellen H. Paradee, Grand Isle, Vt. (Region 13).

Reappointed to serve second terms were: Ronald L. Koetsier, Visalia, Calif. (Region 2); William R. D. Anglin, Bentonville, Ark. (Region 4); Carl F. VanDen Avond, Luxemburg, Wis. (Region 6); Douglas D. Nuttelman, Stromsburg, Neb. (Region 7); and Carl A. Schmitz, Wadesville, Ind. (Region 9).

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, composed of 36 dairy farmers representing 13 regions of the contiguous United States, administers a coordinated program of promotion, research and nutrition education. The board was established by the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983. It is authorized to design programs to strengthen the dairy industry's position in domestic and foreign markets. The program is financed by a mandatory 15-cent per hundredweight assessment on milk produced and marketed commercially by dairy farmers in the 48 states. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) monitors the operation of the board.

AMS encourages all eligible individuals to participate in its committee and board activities. It is USDA's policy that membership on industry-governed boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.