The National Mango Board works with U.S. importers who source from farms worldwide, such as those near Guayaquil, the capital of Ecuador, which grows many varieties. ( Amy Sowder )

The National Mango Board is seeking nominations for six board member positions before a Feb. 20 deadline.

The newly appointed members will serve three-year terms beginning January 2020. Open positions include one importer in District III, two importers in District IV and three foreign producers. In addition to working in the mango industry, candidates must meet certain requirements to be eligible and be willing to serve the mango industry by fulfilling board member roles and responsibilities.

The board is comprised of 18 mango industry members: importers, a first handler, domestic producers and foreign producers. They work to increase consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. through research and promotional activities, working with board staff in marketing, research and communications programs.The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture ultimately appoints new board members from a final slate of nominees. 

Interested mango-industry members can visit for more information. For questions about the nominations and appointment process, contact Anna Deschamps-Polonia at [email protected] or (407) 629-7318 ext. 112.