NOMINATION PROCESS AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE BOARD
The NWPB is composed producers, handlers, importers, and one public representative appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board consists of an equal number producer and handler representatives nominated by watermelon producers and handlers around the nation. Importers participate in the nomination of importer members of the Board. Importer members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The public representative on the Board is nominated by members of the Board and appointed by the Secretary.
Today, there are seven geographic districts in the contiguous states of the United States. Each of these districts is represented by two producer and two handler members on the Board. The number of Importer seats on the Board is proportionate to the percentage of assessments paid by importers to the Board. In any event, there is at least one representative of importers on the Board.
NOMINATION AND SELECTION
Nominations for membership on the board are made through a process that includes a caucus held in each district. At the caucus, two candidates for each vacant position on the Board are elected. The names of those individuals are forwarded by the NWPB to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture makes the appointments to the Board from the nominees submitted from each caucus. Board members serve a three-year term of office. NWPB members may not serve more than two successive terms.
For further information about the nomination and selection of Board members, or if you are a watermelon producer, handler, or importer and have an interest in serving on the NWPB contact the Department of Industry Affairs at 407-657-0261. Individuals with such interest can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
National Watermelon Promotion Board
Attention: Director of Industry Affairs
1321 Sundial Point
Winter Springs, FL 32708
The NWPB encourages all women, minorities and persons with disabilities who qualify as watermelon producers and handlers to attend the meeting and run for nomination to the NWPB.
UPCOMING NOMINATIONS TAKE PLACE AT REGIONAL ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
The NWPB will hold a nomination convention in conjunction with some of the winter regional watermelon association meetings to nominate qualified watermelon producers and watermelon handlers to fill open positions as directors of the Board.
The NWPB encourages all women, minorities and persons with disabilities who qualify as watermelon producers and handlers to attend the meeting and run for nomination to the NWPB. All watermelon producers and handlers the districts with nomination conventions are encouraged to attend and vote to nominate their representatives to the NWPB. Nominations are submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Secretary of Agriculture makes the final appointments to the NWPB.
The Board members administer promotion and research programs for watermelon. The NWPB works to increase consumer demand for watermelon and expand domestic and foreign markets through its marketing, consumer public relations and education programs. The non-profit Board works with an administrative staff to enact retail, food service and media promotions and research programs. All Board members are required to attend two meetings each year to become familiar with and develop the Board’s variety of marketing, research and education programs.