Members of the U.S. mango industry will get their first chance to decide the fate of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board.


The board will undergo its first referendum vote March 15-26, according to the Federal Register. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the vote will determine whether the board should stay in exis-tence for another five years.


The board was created in 2005. Under the terms of the USDA’s Commodity Promo-tion, Research and Information of 1996, promotion boards must undergo referendums every five years.


An estimated five first handlers and 100 importers will be eligible to vote. To be eligible, importers and first handlers must have handled at least 500,000 pounds of mangoes in 2008 or 2009.