The National Mango Board plans to hold its first Spanish meeting.

Mango board to hold first meeting in Spanish

The Web seminar, scheduled for Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, is set to discuss a proposal to increase the assessment from a half a cent per-pound on all fresh mangoes imported and sold in the U.S. market to ¾ a cent per-pound.

Though the Orlando, Fla.-based board hosted a series of virtual outreach meetings in 2010, the December meeting will be the first time the board has held one in Spanish, board executive director William Watson said in a news release. The organization sponsors meetings throughout the year to meet with growers, packers and exporters in the six leading countries that export mangoes to the U.S.

“This virtual meeting is a supplement to our foreign outreach meeting schedule and a way to share information about the proposed assessment increase with our stakeholders who prefer to communicate in Spanish,” Watson said in the release.

In addition to information on the proposed assessment increase, the meeting is also scheduled to cover how the board invests industry money and how it plans to use the proposed increase to fund expanded marketing and research programs, according to the release.

Board officials plan to discuss promotional program results, and participants are to hear how the assessment increase process is supposed to work its way through the U.S. Department of Agriculture rule making process.

Visit the mango board's site for free registration.

(Note on correction: This story originally listed an incorrect date for the Web seminar.)