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New National Watermelon Promotion Board members named

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 16 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

Members appointed are:

  • Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg, TX
  • Cody Buckley, San Antonio, TX
  • Jordan Carter, Cordele, GA
  • Richard Chastain, Alva, FL
  • John Gee, Temecula, CA
  • Jose F. Gomez Ph.D., El Paso, TX
  • W. Rodney Jackson, Autryville, NC
  • Michael J. Marks, Capron, VA
  • Rod Rosales, Kingsburg, CA
  • James Sharp, Sims, NC
  • Matt Solana, Louisburg, NC
  • Carlos Vickers, Nashville, GA
  • Darren K. Wiggins, Center, TX

Members re-appointed include:

  • Luke B. Brown, Center, TX
  • Rob Greene, Arabi, GA
  • Jesse James Wiggins, Center, TX

“The 1,500 growers, shippers and importers of watermelon in the United States will be well served by these board members who will provide key direction to help the watermelon industry meet consumer demand,” Perdue said.

The 41-member board is composed of 14 producers, 14 handlers, 12 importers and one public member. One-third of the board members are appointed each year.

More information about the National Watermelon Promotion Board, including a roster of members, is available on AMS’ National Watermelon Promotion Board webpage and at the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.