The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the appointment of seven members to serve on the National Mango Board. The member appointed for the first handler position will begin their term immediately and serve until Dec. 31, 2024. All other appointees will serve three-year terms, effective Jan. 1, 2024, through Dec. 31, 2026.

The newly appointed members are:

  • District II Importer: Jiovani Guevara, Phoenix, Arizona
  • District II Importer: Christopher A. Ciruli, Tubac, Arizona
  • District II Importer: Rodrigo Diaz, Rio Rico, Arizona
  • Domestic Producer: Rod Chamberlain, Mecca, California
  • Foreign Producer: Karla Leticia Palafox Garcia, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Foreign Producer: Sofia Wong, Piura, Peru
  • First Handler: Luis Gabriel Cintron, Miami, Florida [1-year term].

The National Mango Board has 18 members, including eight importers, one first handler, two domestic producers, and seven foreign producers. Members can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

Source: AMS USDA