The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named five people to serve on the 18-member National Mango Board.
The new members represent importers and domestic and foreign growers, according to a news release. The appointments are for three years.
The new members are:
- Importer Thomas Hall of Pico Rivera, Calif.;
- Importer Jerry Garcia Sr. of Encino, Texas;
- Domestic producer Stuart Johnson of Hilo, Hawaii;
- Foreign producer Carlos Palafox A. of Jalisco, Mexico; and
- Foreign producer Cesar Morocho Marchan, Piura, Peru.
Importer Jo Jo Shiba of Hidalgo, Texas, was reappointed to the board, according to the release.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has final approval of appointees to research and promotion boards and marketing orders that fall under the USDA’s oversight.
“I truly appreciate the time and expertise that these individuals have agreed to give guiding the National Mango Board in its mission to find ways to provide fresh mangoes to U.S. consumers and help their industry thrive,” he said in the release.