Four new members are among the six members of the National Mango Marketing Board appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The appointees, including two returning members, will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2017, according to a news release from the board.
The board members are:
- Philip Barton of Pescadero, Calif., (domestic grower);
- Greg Golden, Mullica, N.J., Michael Shawn Allen, Sugar Land, Texas, and Joella Shiba, San Diego (importers); and
- Enrique Sanchez Ramirez, Nayarit, Mexico, and Oscar Orrantia Morla,Guayas, Ecuador (foreign growers).
Golden and Sanchez are returning to the board to serve their second consecutive terms.
Outgoing members are Bill Vogel, Los Angeles, Veny Marti, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Wade Shiba, Missouri City, Texas, and Bernardo Malo, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The National Mango Board is supported by assessments from domestic and imported mangos. According to the news release, mango availability per capita increased 53% since 2005 to an estimated 2.87 pounds per year in 2013. Mango import volume for 2013 was 935 million pounds.